Our final 100FC feature in our series takes a look at a club in west London that's benefiting from the programme - Twickenham Cygnets.
100FC is a game-changing female coaching programme, launched by London FA with significant investment from Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST).
In line with The FA’s national strategy for women and girl’s football, 100FC is a three-year project to recruit and train 100 new female coaches per year through a funding coaching pathway.
For females aged 16 and over across London, coaches will be supported in their first steps in coaching, including funding for coaching courses and coaching placements across a range of organisations.
A club in west London that is benefitting from the programme is Twickenham Cygnets.
Founded in 2015 by two local dads and their two enthusiastic daughters, who were keen to play football in a fun environment with their friends, Twickenham Cygnets has grown to have over 100 players and will have teams represented across U16, U11, U10, U9 and U8 age groups during the next football season. The club's mission is "to help girls learn and love football" and remains the same today as it did at the beginning. The club's philosophy recognises football as being fun, for everyone, and a valuable platform for physical and personal development for young girls.
Eamonn Newell, co-founder of the club, said: “As a girls-only club, one of the objectives of the club is to significantly increase the number of female coaches to both help the players develop and provide further and visible positive reinforcement of the role of women in football. 100FC is a great programme and we were delighted some of our parents were able to participate and are now providing much needed coaching support across our different age groups.
“As a club, we hope The FA continues this much-needed initiative and we look forward to being part of its continued success and significantly increasing the number of female coaches in the game.”
Students studying at UCFB spoke visited Twickenham Cygnets to find out more.