Hayley Ladd Q&A: Wales star reflects on historic female only coaching course
Coaching
12 July 2018

Hayley Ladd Q&A: Wales star reflects on historic female only coaching course

Wales defender Hayley Ladd was one of the candidates on our first Female Only UEFA B Licence Residential course. We caught up with her at the end of the intensive 6 days at Dragon Park.

Firstly, congratulations on completing Wales’ first female only UEFA B Licence residential course. How did it go?

It was brilliant. Everyone really enjoyed it.

It was hard work but there were lots of smiles coming out at the end.

Great, so how was your final assessment?

To be honest, I was happy to get it out of the way and done.

But I think it went alright.

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It was clearly an intense course but it was lots of fun, wasn’t it?

Yes. Definitely and I think that was down to our tutors, the other FAW Trust staff members and the group of coaches that came together.

What a great bunch of girls!

Everyone had such a laugh and by day three, everybody came out of their shells and the jokes were flying around.

Do you think the ‘female only’ aspect of the course was a success?

Yes. I wasn’t too sure what to expect at first but it exceeded every expectation I could have.

It was absolutely hilarious and everybody worked incredibly hard.

But it wasn’t just a load of fun, everybody performed brilliantly.

I was absolutely in awe of some of the girls’ sessions.

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Your fellow candidates said they learned lots from you but what did you learn from them?

Oh, I learned a huge amount.

I haven’t done much coaching but the detail some of them went into in their sessions was absolutely brilliant.

I learned lots just from watching them.

So, be honest, were you thinking like a coach by the end of the week or still thinking like a player?

We had lots of sessions in the classroom where we had to break things down, more so than you ever would as a player.

This course gave a great insight into the way you have to explain things.

It got me thinking about how things seem straightforward when my coaches explain them to me.

But that made me feel so ignorant because I now know so much thought goes into the way coaches deliver their messages.

Getting to see that side of the game was something I really enjoyed.

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If one of your teammates asked whether all that hard work was worth it, what would you tell them?

Yes. 100%. I think was brilliant.

I met some incredible women through the course and it was so successful in terms of pushing and emphasising the need to get more women into coaching.

Obviously, in a group of 20 people, you have some very different backgrounds but the staff did a brilliant job of tinkering with the content to make sure it suited everybody’s needs.

I have very little coaching experience and I got through it, so my message to anybody thinking of doing this course would be ‘go for it.’

Don’t worry about your background because the FAW staff work silly hours to ensure they’re on hand to help the candidates whenever they need it.

A few of your international team-mates have been through our courses now. Are you looking forward to talking coaching with some of them?

Yes. I sent out a few texts to get some hints and tips ahead of my final assessment.

It’s great that we all have this knowledge and it can only help to drive female football forward in Wales.

Hopefully a good few of us will move into coaching once our playing careers are done.

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