In honor of Female Football Week, we sat down with Kate Watson, a rising star in the world of coaching. Kate has been involved in coaching since she was in high school and has since become a role model for many aspiring female coaches.
Kate’s journey as a coach began when she was asked to coach a U8 boys’ team at Northbridge. From there, she fell in love with coaching and has been on a journey to develop her skills ever since.
One of Kate’s biggest inspirations as a coach was her coach when she was on a 16’s team at North Shore Mariners. Her coach instilled a belief in her to keep pushing and achieving, which led to one of the best years of football she has ever played. She now wants to be the same kind of coach for the players she works with.
For Kate, coaching football is all about constant learning and growth, both as a person and a player. She enjoys encouraging players to develop holistically and instilling a growth mindset in them to become brave and creative footballers who love the game.
Kate recognizes the importance of supporting future female coaches and the impact that coaching opportunities can have on their careers. XLR8 and NSFA have provided Kate with the stepping stones to succeed, and she believes it’s crucial to continue to support and encourage all female coaches, current and future.
Currently, Kate coaches a 14/15’s DL team at Turramurra United & Kissing Point and is the assistant coach for the GSAP 12’s. She is also the head coach for the Asquith skills program. Next year, Kate hopes to become a head coach of a GSAP team to continue developing and challenging herself as a coach. As she studies to become a high school teacher, Kate is also excited to be involved in school football coaching at Barker or PLC, both of which have reputable football programs.
Kate Watson is a shining example of the impact female coaches can have on the world of football, and we wish her all the best in her coaching journey.