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Hope Powell leads line-up for Palace for Life’s female coaching conference

Palace for Life Foundation announce details of the Believe It, Achieve It female coaching conference, taking place on Monday 27 April at Selhurst Park, with guest speakers, workshops and networking.

Former England Women’s manager Hope Powell will be one of the guest speakers at Palace for Life Foundation’s inaugural ‘Believe It, Achieve It’ female coaching conference at Selhurst Park next month.

Taking place on Monday 27 April 2020, the conference is aimed at bringing together coaches from every level, as well as promoting opportunities to those looking for their first role in the game.

Powell, who managed the Lionesses for 15 years, is now First Team Manager at Brighton & Hove Albion Women.

She said: “Football is a notoriously difficult industry to succeed in and the majority of coaching roles have traditionally gone to men. We’re starting to see that tide change, but it’s really important for women to keep learning and stay ahead of the game to put themselves in the best possible position.

“Events like this are really important to provide networking opportunities for coaches at every level and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences.”

The event will be compered by Sky Sports News Anchor Vicky Gomersall and will include guest speakers and specialist workshops.

The first hour of the event will be dedicated to networking, with representatives from the Surrey Football Coaches Association and regional FA mentors on hand to share expert advice.

Another of the guest speakers will be FA National and International Women’s Football Development Manager, Rachel Pavlou, who has been developing women’s football at The FA for nearly 22 years. She is currently responsible for developing football opportunities for female under-represented communities and leading International Relations in women’s football development.

Pavlou said: “We are committed to develop a pipeline of young, diverse leaders from all of our communities and increase participation for all. I am looking forward to this opportunity to network with local coaches in the game and share our knowledge and experiences with each other.”

The conference will be the second in the ‘Believe It, Achieve It’ series, following 2018’s successful BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) conference, which brought over 100 coaches together to debate diversity in coaching and offer networking and mentoring opportunities for aspiring coaches.

Other guest speakers on 27 April will include Manisha Taylor, Lead Foundation Phase Coach at QPR Academy and Riteesh Mishra, Head Coach for Charlton Athletic’s Women’s First Team.

The event will take place from 6-10pm and is open to both female coaches and male coaches who are working in the female game. Places cost just £5 and can be booked HERE.

Roxanne Bennett, Community Sports Manager at Palace for Life Foundation, added: “We hope that this event provides a platform for coaches to come together and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges surrounding working in the women’s game. We have an excellent line up of speakers and some really interesting workshops planned, so I would encourage anyone working in the game, or thinking about it, to sign up and join us!”

Workshops on the night will be in the following areas:

FA Coaching Pathways – discussing the coaching pathway, course opportunities, time scales etc.
Men coaching in the female game / women coaching in the male game – sharing the differences, similarities, challenges and experiences.
Opportunities to work in football full time – exploring the different roles available to coach in football foundations, coaching companies and other organisations.
Elite Pathways – Talent ID – uncovering the pathways available to girls and how they can progress through the elite pathway.
Mental Health and Wellbeing – discussing how to create environments in which people can be more open about their mental health and wellbeing.

Book your place now.

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