Essex Sport

FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre

Women's football team receiving instructions from their coach.

The University of Essex is proud to be a Women's High Performance Football Centre in partnership with the Football Association (FA), aiming to improve the quality and quantity of coaches working in the women’s and girl’s game, especially those working in the FA Talent Pathway and Women’s National League.

Launching in August 2022 and working with partnership clubs like Ipswich Town, Billericay Town, Hashtag United and AFC Sudbury Women. Students will gain a hands-on football coaching experience – including work placements in coaching sports science, and sports therapy to boost employability and lay the groundwork for careers in women’s football.

Have the Lionesses winning the 2022 Euros inspired you to be the next Sarina Wiegman but perhaps you don’t know how to kick start your coaching journey, then we have the programme for you!

Find out more about our Female Coach Development Programme

How will the centre benefit our students and the community?

  • The centre will help provide a range of different work experience opportunities where students and local coaches from the region can develop their skills and experience. Students within the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Science will find this particularly beneficial as they seek to build careers and employability experience for their future in coaching, sports science support, sports therapy or physiotherapy.
  • We will also offer coaching subsidies for those looking to get into coaching and wanting to gain nationally recognised qualifications, particularly helping those emerging and talented female coaches from BAME groups by providing opportunities for students to be part of future projects and communities of practice.
  • We will be looking to run different coaching workshops, mentoring schemes, coaching observations, seminars and FA coaching courses, alongside our partner clubs of Ipswich Town, Billericay Town, Hashtag United, AFC Sudbury and West Ham United Women. 

At Essex, we also have a range of different opportunities for our students that have a passion for sport. From dedicated sport and exercise based courses to our performance sport scholarship opportunities where we can provide a range of different funding for select talented athletes in our five main performance sports of Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Football and Rugby 7s.

As well as this, our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is also home to our Sports Therapy Clinic providing both athletes and non-athletes alike the opportunity of rehab with a range of different assessments and treatments.


The success of the Lionesses at the Euros has inspired the whole country, and there really couldn’t be a better time to partner with the FA on the next phase of growing the women’s game and developing coaches and support staff...We are very excited about the opportunities that this new partnership presents, and, who knows, perhaps we can help develop the next Serena Wiegman!”  
Dr Dave Parry Director of Sport

As featured on BBC news

BBC news article - Women's football centre in Essex unearthing 'hotbed of talent'

UoE Women's Football team in a pre-game huddle
UoE Women's Football team in a pre-game huddle
Women's Football Coaching
Women's Football Coaching

Female Coach Development Programme

The University of Essex FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre is looking to recruit 14 aspiring female student coaches to gain a place on our new Female Coach Development Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for female students that have a passion for the women’s and girls’ game who are looking to grow their knowledge and gain valuable experience.

We are giving 14 female students the chance to sign up to this exclusive 10-week programme that will give them the opportunity to develop themselves as coaches whilst receiving mentoring support from our Women’s and Girl’s Coach Development Officer.

The programme will consist of the following:

  • 10 workshops covering topics such as the FA 4-corner model and session planning & delivery.
  • 4 online qualifications; these include: EE Playmaker, Disability Football Intro, Intro to Futsal and Intro to Talent Identification.
  • 3 external visits (Essex RTC, Ipswich Town ETC, High Performance GK Centre) to experience real life club environments within the women’s and girl’s game.

You must be able to commit to the following dates:

  • Tuesday 31 January 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 7 February 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 21 February 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 7 March 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 25 April 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 2 May 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 May 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 6 June 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 13 June 5.30pm to 7.00pm

If you can commit to the dates above and have a real passion for the women and girls’ game, and want to start your coaching journey, then please fill out the sign up form.

Start your coaching journey