How coaching football changes lives and adds value to the lives of others
24 January 2018

How coaching football changes lives and adds value to the lives of others

Lisa Austin admits football coaching has changed her life and insists her efforts are adding value to the lives of those she coaches.
Having finished playing at 22 to embark on a successful career selling houses, Lisa is now back in the Welsh Football Family, working as the FAW Women’s Development Officer.
But she’s also an FAW Female C Certificate student, who enjoys coaching the U11s team in the village of St Athan.
She said: “Football was a big part of my life growing up, it was great to be a part of a team. “For me, it’s more than a game, it’s a way of life.
“It’s great to see what opportunities now exist in the female game.”
Having started to study our female specific course at Dragon Park, she’s now hoping to hone her coaching skills and climb our pathway, alongside her job developing female football in Wales.
She said: “I found the course beneficial and really inspiring.
“I was a little anxious because of the unknown and not being sure about the environment.
“But doing coaching has definitely changed my mindset. You’re choosing to add value to other people’s lives.
“The C Certificate course gave me some of the best information that I’ve ever learned and was some of the best training I’ve ever had.
“I was wondering why some of that information wasn’t taught in school?”
But more than just learning life skills, Lisa, who describes herself as a creative person, says the course taught her a lot more about the game she loves that the expected and has inspired
She said: “It gave us lots of ideas about how to structure a coaching session and now I’m learning more about football every week.
“It’s made me realise that I can set my goals a lot higher than I thought.
“Once you see children enjoying your sessions, you know that as a coach, you’re getting it right.
Lisa now wants her story to inspire more females, across Wales to take-up coaching and grow the amount of women involved in Welsh football.
She said: “In my FAW role, I get to see how important the game is to people and how hard people are working to grow the female game in Wales.
“Football is about communities and what communities across Wales are doing is inspiring to me and hopefully it will be inspiring to others.”