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Female coaches on another level!
 Women's Football News 1 Mar 2009
Essex County Football Association Girls' & Women's Development Officer, Emma Burden, has been proud to see a group of female coaches making the best use of their newfound qualifications in early 2009 following the successful completion of a 'Female Only' Level Two Coaching Certificate at Writtle College in Chelmsford late last year.
Six new Level Two standard coaches emerged from the course, which was funded via the Girls' & Women's Football Development Plan and involved six full days of tuition followed by two further study days and a final assessment. Half a dozen of the candidates were successful in obtaining the coaching award and can celebrate a massive achievement within the training arena.
Emma, who is involved in enhancing female grassroots football in the Outer Essex region, was impressed with the standard and commitment demonstrated and looks forward to seeing more involvement from the group in future events. "The females who attended were totally committed to the cause and worked really well as a group, displaying huge support for one another," Emma recalled. "A fifty per cent pass rate from a Level Two course is a massive positive and I really hope every individual continues to develop their coaching skills out in their local football communities."
Lana Bond, Schools & Education F.D.O., was one of the candidates on the Course, and she now believes her fellow students will forge promising futures in the game, claiming: "It was a more comfortable environment for us to learn in as it was just females taking part and we were able to support each other through the course content, which included 4v4 based drills and practical techniques and progressions. Naturally there were nerves approaching the assessment days but we all helped each other and now we're all looking to try the age appropriate coaching course together. There was also a blend of younger and more mature students, which added to the experience."
Tessa Pinney, Girls' and Women's Officer for the Thundermite Youth League, particularly enjoyed the course and is keen to put what she learnt to practice: "It was a good, all-round course and I was especially keen to progress from the Level One I already had so I could look towards coaching older kids. I've not been much of a player myself but I find coaching my Aveley Ladies Under-15s and school teams really rewarding and I hope more females take it up. It was certainly nerve-wracking around assessment time and it was a relief when I passed! The tutor, Alan Ackrell, was so informative and it's given me so many ideas and pointers to take forward in the future."
Females interested in coaching courses or other local football opportunities can contact Emma on (01245) 393076 or e-mail emma.burden@essexfa.com. Further details can also be found on www.essexfa.com.

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