Why Wales' 1st Female Only UEFA B Licence residential course was a huge success
Coaching
11 July 2018

Why Wales' 1st Female Only UEFA B Licence residential course was a huge success

Wales’ historic first Female Only UEFA B Licence Residential coaching course was a great success.

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Twenty female coaches, from Wales and beyond, gathered at Dragon Park for an intensive six-day course to earn their FAW UEFA B Licence qualification.

The course was part of a UEFA funded project to grow the amount of female football coaches across Europe and has not only empowered the 20 candidates who took part but is already having an impact on the development of the Welsh football family.

Course director Nicola Anderson said: “It was a fantastic six days. The candidates learned an awful lot in a short space of time.

“Female, or not, it was one of the best courses I’ve ever been involved with and the feedback we’ve had reflects that.”

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Two Wales women’s internationals, Hayley Ladd and Ffion Morgan completed the course, which not only raised its profile but offered a unique perspective on the game.

Birmingham City defender Ladd, who has won 25 caps, said: “Everyone really enjoyed it. “What a great bunch of girls!

“Our tutors made it great fun, but it was hard work too. I met some incredible women and I was in awe of some of the sessions.

“I learned a huge amount about coaching and about the game. I asked a few of my teammates, who’ve passed this course, for some tips and hopefully this knowledge will help us to continue to move forward.”

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Anderson, who is the FAW’s Female Coach Education Coordinator, insists the talented group underestimated themselves at the start of the process but, thanks to the excellent mentoring, and the skillset within the group, developed hugely as it went on.

She said: “They’ve empowered themselves as coaches.

“They were all nervous at the start but they learned from each other and even relied on each other by the end.”

“Now some of them want to get involved in our tutor training programme and others want to volunteer in our Player Development programme.

“In doing that they’re giving back to Welsh football.”

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