Gemma Owen is a UEFA B Licence coach charged with growing the girls’ game in her hometown of Wrexham.
The Head of Girls’ Football at the Racecourse Community Foundation feels passionately that her fellow females have the skills to grow girls’ and boys’ football across Wales.
She said: “In my experience, female coaches have more empathy with younger kids.
“I find when we have women coaching, we can ease kids into football a little bit more and make them feel as though they want to be part of a team.”
Gemma, who is joint director of our North East Wales Girls Performance Centre and has a welfare role with the national U15 girls squad, insists it’s time for more women to make an impact in Welsh football, especially in the coaching sphere.
She said: “The biggest message I can give to other women is do it. Please do it.
“We need more female coaches in the male and female sides of the game.
“The first thing is to get more females involved in the game, whether it’s to be a coach or to help out with running the team or help with setting up sessions.”
But, even though she’s highly qualified as a technical coach, Gemma inisists coaching football is about much more than developing children’s ability to kick a ball.
She said: “It’s about creating an all-round child, not just a football player. In the grassroots game it’s all about the social aspect.
“As females, we can play a key role in encouraging kids to get involved in the sport, not only to exercise but to make new friends and maybe females can do that better than males.”