As a club we do not take the contribution of our key volunteers for granted. We aim always to support their development. We fund all coaches to achieve their Level 1 coaching badges and we expect all of our coaches to achieve this within the first 6 months of commencing coaching with us.
From the age of 16 players are able to enrol on the Level 1 badge. Our first ever young coach was our original Amazon and Vice Chair Beth Ward. Beth gained her badge at age 16 and began coaching her own team at age 17, so many players have benefited from her coaching and playing expertise. A number of our younger players are now following in her footsteps. As soon as her sister, Lydia Ward, reached the age of 16 she was determined to join her in coaching, and also gained her badge. We were delighted earlier this year when Olivia Coxon became our youngest ever qualified coach. Olivia not only plays for the Amazines but also coaches our Bombers u11s team. Our youngest volunteer is Charlotte Hall who at the age of 13 supports the training of our Mini-Zons and Stompers. Kate Clifford, Charlotte Roche and Kate Lockey, all players in our Amazines u16s team, also support coaching across our club and all will embark upon their coaching qualifications later this year.
A number of our Amazons Women’s team players also coach, they are Kattie Whitfield, Sophie Hanson, Sarah Barrett and Beth Maddox and we were so happy that we managed to convince Emma Henderson to remain in the club through coaching when she stopped playing. Fabulous coaches who bring coaching and also playing expertise into their training sessions which I know is of enormous benefit to our girls.
Many of our teams are coached by dads of players. One of our players from the Stompers, is even lucky enough to have her brother, Harry Brown, coaching them. They all manage to balance being a coach with being parents (or brother) perfectly. We always welcome new coaches, so if you
are a parent and would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to talk to us.
We provide dedicated Goalkeeper Coaching, through the expertise of Phil Powell and Sarah Barrett. Our goalies absolutely love their specialist training and it is clear to see the impact of Phil and Sarah’s coaching when our goalies are expertly throwing their bodies (minds and souls too) between the ball and the net in every match.
We were delighted when in 2017 we supported Evie Crowe (also a player for the Amazines) to became a fully qualified Referee and Evie now not only plays for her own team the Amazines, she also referees games for a number of our teams.
We have a number of Welfare Officer roles in the club. Our Welfare Officers are supported by our Safeguarding Lead, Bill Middlemas. We take our safeguarding responsibilities incredibly seriously here in Amazons FC. Please see also our safeguarding section for more information. All of our
Welfare Officers have the required FA training and keep up to date with safeguarding developments.