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More Special Guests Announced on Our Confidence and Coaching Training Day!


We are very excited to announce that joining Gail Emms MBE will be Lois Fidler – one of the first women in the UK to achieve her UEFA Pro License coaching qualification and Karen Brown – Assistant Coach to GB Hockey who won Gold at the Rio Olympic Games.

During the morning of our training day, you will have the chance to ask all three of our guests questions about their experiences in sport, challenges they faced in overcoming a lack of confidence and ask their advice for your own coaching confidence.

The day will cover how important confidence is to successful coaching and help equip female coaches with the confidence they need to progress, and fulfil their potential. There will also be an opportunity to share experiences, learn and network with other female coaches.



  • Enable experienced and new coaches to understand more about themselves, their strengths and how to better articulate them.
  •   Enable coaches to use this knowledge to drive their performance and development in a coaching environment.
  •   Enable coaches to demonstrate an ability to apply key concepts to underpin the growth in confidence and improve communication and interaction with their athletes.




Meet Our Special Guests:


Gail Emms



As one of Britain’s inspiring Olympians, Gail Emms MBE represents the very best of the nation’s sporting offering. Playing badminton from the age of four, she has shaped her career around the sport and began representing her country in 1995.

In the 10 years as a professional badminton player, Gail achieved World, European and Commonwealth Gold medals, World Number 1 ranking and of course that Olympic Silver Medal in Athens. Since retirement in 2008 and starting a family, Gail has worked tirelessly campaigning for sporting legacy in schools, elite sports coaching and mentoring the next generation badminton players and acting as a spokeswoman for women in sport and business as well as a promising media career.

Now an EMCC accredited performance coach, Gail is passionate about helping others achieve success.



Lois Fidler



Lois Fidler is one of the very few women in the World to hold a UEFA Pro License football qualification.  She is currently the Girls Technical Director at Southampton Football Club and is heavily involved in supporting organisations such as the Female Coaching Network, Project 500, Women in Football and the FA.

In the last 10 years or so, women’s football in England has seen a huge transformation and Lois has been right at the heart of it all working alongside the likes of former England Women’s Manager Hope Powell and former Everton Ladies and now England Women’s U19 team Manager Mo Marley.

With over 20 years experience at all levels of football, Lois’ career has seen her be the Head of the Women’s National Player Development Centre, Head of the England Women’s U17 squad taking them to a number of European finals and took her team to the final stages of the FIFA World Cup in New Zealand in 2008.

In 2013, she became one of the first FA Elite Coaches (male or female) and finally achieved her UEFA Pro License in 2014 alongside the likes of Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Ince and Gary Neville



Karen Brown 



Karen is Great Britain’s most capped female international hockey player, amassing 355 caps in a  storied and successful international career. She competed in three Olympic Games collecting a bronze medal in 1992 to add to a European Gold, a Commonwealth Games silver and of course  numerous medals in her club career with Slough, UK.

She began her coaching journey at Chelmsford  (UK) back in 2000 leading the team to a  European Cup Winners Cup silver medal and  the national indoor title.  Karen has worked with  the England U16, U18 and U21 and B programmes and was Head Coach of the England U21  women’s team at the Junior World Cup in Chile in 2005, joining England Hockey that same year as Junior Performance Manager, moving to Assistant Coach working alongside Danny Kerry in 2006.

Since then, Karen has been part of the coaching team that has led England to medals at the World Cup, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.   With Great Britain, she coached the side that finished sixth at the Beijing Olympic Games, a bronze medal at London 2012 and of course the Gold medal at Rio 2016.



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