FAI working to increase female participation in coaching
A number of female coaches, such as Eileen Gleeson, Laura Heffernan (pictured above), and Sharon Boyle, have made significant strides in women's football, but the FAI wants to open up as many opportunities as possible to female coaches.
In order to do that, participation levels need to increase. It is why the FAI want to get feedback from female coaches through an online survey and review every area in which they can aid the development of all female coaches.
FAI Head of Women's Football Sue Ronan knows all about climbing the coaching ladder, having completed her UEFA Pro Licence, and she believes that the future is bright for those wanting to progress in their careers.
"Increasing the number of female coaches working in football is a key pillar of the FAI Women's Strategic Plan. Yet, research conducted by both UEFA and FIFA has shown that there are a number of barriers preventing women from booming a coach. With that in mind, we are introducing initiatives such as a Coaches Survey and Regional Workshops for coaches working in women's football," said Ronan.
"Our aim in the FAI, in cooperation with UEFA, is to help develop the female coaches in our database, encourage as many newcomers as possible to begin their coaching education, and to find opportunities for them within the game.
"With women's football continuing to grow and improve, there are more opportunities than ever before available for talented coaches to work at various levels. The FAI wants to assist all females aspiring to progress with their coaching and their input is crucial."
A number of female-only coaching courses will be staged around the country over the coming months, while there are two entry-level courses currently on offer in Dublin - click on the links below for more information.