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England coach Hope Powell

Hope Powell is the head coach for the England women's football from the senior team to the Under 15's.

  • I got my first coaching qualification when I was 18 because I thought it would be a good career start. Women's football was still developing then and there weren't many jobs around for women in the game.

  • I really enjoyed and thought if I can't get a full-time playing role then coaching would be the next best thing.

  • Having an understanding of the game from a playing angle has helped me in my coaching, especially coaching boys. As soon as they see you can play you get respect.

  • People have said 'what does she know, she's a woman' but I've got nothing to prove to anybody, I've only got to prove things to myself.

  • I've got every coaching qualification there is to get right up to the Uefa Pro licence.

  • We do know what we're talking about but even with England you do get parents creeping over towards the pitch players and shouting instructions.

  • We try to explain that if the players don't think for themselves then when they're not around there's going to be a problem. As long as you explain why, then it seems to be okay.

  • Women bring things to football that men can't. We bring calmness, we're open, we like to share knowledge and we want to do things for the good of the game.

  • The higher you go in football the fewer women there are but don't let that put you off. The more women involved in football the better.

  • Even if there are more men than women on your coaching course don't let that hinder your ambitions. Just go for it because you'll succeed if you want it badly enough.

  • Gain as much knowledge as you can from more experienced coaches, don't ever be satisfied to think that you know it all just because you've got the qualifications.

  • And most importantly enjoy it because if you don't enjoy sharing that knowledge then there's no point.

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  • The main benefits? One is that kids get to know children from outside of their school.
    - Sandie Belcher, coach and mother


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