Suitable and interested candidates invited for an introduction workshop, where:
- Candidates get a clear understanding of the aim and set up of the programme.
- The facilitators get the chance, through activities, to observe the potential participants. Such activites have been:
||Interest, activity level and football ability.
||Communication skills, engagement and confidence.
||Confidence to stand for an opinion and ability to argue for the cause.
- Interested coaches to apply for participation.
The program is facilitating the transformation, for the participants with very limited pre-knowledge, to become beginner coaches ready to be part of formal training. The process is more likely to be successful if it is anchored in the participants lived reality.
The Female Coaches’ Development Programme is run over three weekends, with a minimum of two months between phases.
The set up is optimizing the learning by:
- Limiting the amount of new information
- Implementation of new ideas at home
- Questions and reflections brought back to the next phase
- Feedback given through group discussions, both by participants sharing ideas and advices from facilitators.
- In each phase repetition is made from the previous course.
The Female Coaches’ Development Programme has been developed to give a broad understanding of football, as it is of great importance to have a contextual understanding. Main focus has been put on:
Creating a conducive environment for development. Holistic health. Building self confidence and self-esteem.
Planning and running practice. Coaching in games. Basics of goal keeper coaching
Football structures. Guiding documents. Club and team management. Planning of events.
In order for learning to take place, an accomodative and safe environment is needed, in order for the participants to feel comfortable and free to step out of their safe zone.
- Small group
maximum 15 participants
set by participants
- Identify strengths
know and utilize the participants’ strengths; a coach that is also a referree can facilitate a session on the Laws of the game, whereas a police officer can share information on child and women abuse.
- Inhouse facilitators
experts brought in where needed, otherwise facilitation made by inhouse facilitators with a combinaiton of contextual and cultural understanding, as well as knowledge of standards that need to be met in the formal training.
- Personal relationships
The relationship between the facilitators and participants should be the one of mentor and mentee.
The program is built on progression; it is of great importance that the participants constantly are challenged, without being thrown into the deep end of the pool. The course is moving from general knowledge towards more specific knowledge.
In the field based practice sessions, the participants are acting solely as players during the first two phases, with class room based discussions facilitated after completion. Only in the third phase the participants are planning and conducting practices.
Over and above the practical implementation in the coaches home teams, they are also invited to be part of the Football For Life player development programme; during camps they are getting the chance to be part of a very organized and professional set up.
For successful implementation it is important to identify and overcome challenges faced by the participants. We have:
- Provided transport
- Accommodated children and nannies, when needed
- Negotiated with families and employees, when needed
- Equipped the coaches
- Provided material
For successful implementation flexibility is needed. The content has changed over time, both based on the need of the group and by influence of latest developments in the field.
It is important to continoulsy evaluate the program, and if possible adjust to identified needs.
During the first year the focus of FCDP was solely on developing coaches, whereas the second year both administrators and referees were also capacitated. The more female leaders involved in football, the better support system and the better the environment for girls to play football.
For the future we want to put further capacitate the coaches on players’ health, leadership & life skills, goal keeping and talent development.
Change takes time, and it is important to give continous support. Our platforms are:
- Network meetings
Arranged by local coordinators. The Local Football Assocciation is always part of the meetings, in order for the latest information to be passed on and challenges adressed.
- WhatsApp group
With all female leaders in football. A platform for sharing information and ideas.
- Individual follow ups