This was a big statement from The FA to say they’re completely supportive and want female coaches to be successful, and they’re ready to support and help them. That’s a loyal and powerful statement to make.
I’ve been in football a long, long time and to have an opportunity to get to do something like this was fantastic.
I was a little apprehensive knowing there were a lot of coaches that, although my path had crossed with them, I’ve not always had the time to get to know them as people.
But the way it was set out allowed us to really get to know each other and I felt the group was really strong in being open and honest. We were comfortable and confident in being able to express and open up to each other.
It can be quite a lonely place to be a female manager in big organisations, but to have that network and connection with other females working in the same environment really empowered and inspired me.
I am confident I can pick up the phone to any of them if I need someone to speak to or ask a question and they’d be open and honest and be able to share and listen. That was massively important.
From a trip point of view, the content was great. Really good discussion and lots of practical work. And I thought the tasks we were set at the games were excellent and really showed me the elements I feel I need to be better at.
Sitting next to someone discussing what you see in the game you recognise everyone sees things slightly differently. The principles might be the same, but there’s different elements you see and don’t see.
And being in Nice was incredible. The environment, the games, it was huge.