The Female Coaching Network (FCN) is the Leading Global Community of Female Coaches Who Support, Drive and Influence Real Change in Sports Diversity.
The FCN is an independent, non-governmental organisation founded by a track & field coach in the UK in 2014 and now consists of thousands of female coaches from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
It is important to highlight that the work that we do at the FCN is not ‘anti male coach’, we are simply providing female coaches with a platform to develop and a supportive arena to share and connect. Whilst we highlight the abundance of knowledge in the world of women who coach, ultimately we want to do ourselves out of a job by providing a catalyst to coaching equality. The message is about working together, and finding the coach who can help you, regardless of their gender.
Vision: A more diverse workforce of coaches across all levels, in all sports, from all countries.
Mission: To raise the profile of, the standard of and the opportunities for female sports coaches around the World.
Founded by a Track & Field Coach in the UK, Vicky Huyton, the FCN is ever evolving and has become the World’s Only International, Multi-Sport Online Community for Female Sports Coaches.
Vicky Huyton (FCN Founder & Coach)
Vicky has volunteered and worked in sports for over 25 years and has coached Track & Field in the UK at both grassroot and elite level. With over 12 years of sports development experience to add to this, Vicky has always had the passion for supporting coaches and athletes to become the best they can be.
After being part of the development of the UK Athletics Women’s Coaching Advisory Group since 2010 and co-creating the UKA Female Coach Legacy Programme in 2012, Vicky decided it was time to go one step further and create a platform that would support all women, in all sports, of all nationalities.
“I wanted to create an online arena that women would be inspired by and in which they could connect with each other to develop a truly unique, proactive and supportive coaching community. As a coach myself, I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of sport and realise that whilst we have come a long way, there is still much further to go to achieve true equality. I believe it is vital that we proactively join together and begin creating the foundations for future generations to thrive on and increase the number of women coaching sports.”
James Walkington (FCN Coaching Assistant, Athlete and FCN Support Team)
James has been a coach and an athlete for a number of years having worked at both grassroots and elite level. With 15 years experience in strength & condition and nutrition, he has guided athletes and beginners to reach their goals and achieve international success. Having worked alongside the FCN founder as her Assistant Track Coach for almost 10 years, James is an advocate for coaching equality and supports the FCN with its delivery of projects Worldwide and brings a balanced view to the FCN’s goal of increasing coaching diversity.
Teresa Hlady (FCN Academy Consultant)
Teresa has been a valued contributor to the Canadian High Performance Sport System in a number of capacities; as an athlete in two sports – Track & Field (University) and Bobsleigh (internationally), a coach and High Performance Director with the Canadian National Skeleton team as well as an advisor with Own the Podium. Currently Teresa has started her own business consulting with organizations (sport and non-sport) on a variety of projects to support the enhancement of programs and services offered by those organizations. Teresa pursues an active lifestyle and enjoys cycling, hiking, running, yoga and meditation as well as volunteering for Calgary Hospice in their bereavement support program. Since January 2016, Teresa became the FCN Academy Consultant sharing her knowledge, experience and passion for excellence with the FCN and will work specifically on the development of the up and coming FCN Academy.
“I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with the FCN to support and encourage the development of female coaches and those who coach female athletes.”
Erica Ayala (FCN USA Media Officer)
Erica is a sports writer with bylines at Double G Sports, MyWSports, Excelle Sports and the Female Coaching Network. She has covered events such as the WNBA Draft, the Inaugural National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Isobel Cup Finals, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement of Sheryl Swoopes. As a member of the Elon University softball team, she was selected as a 2006 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar. Erica received her B.A in Political Science, with a minor in African-American Studies in 2008. In 2015, she received the Elon University Top 10 Under 10 Award from the Young Alumni Council. It is her love for sports and passion for advocacy that has brought Erica to sports writing. As a former athlete, she feels strongly about providing other children, especially girls, the opportunity to excel in athletics. As an advocate, she is drawn to the mission to continue to promote gender equity in the coverage, the funding and the compensation of girls and women in sports.
Lucy Manley (FCN Social Media Officer)
Lucy is a Sport and Health Science Masters Graduate from the University of Exeter, in the UK. She has played badminton for her county team (Avon) since the age of 11 and captained the ladies first team and high performance squad whilst at University. She has always been involved with sport from a young age, playing anything that was thrown at her whilst following religiously the ups and downs of British sport stars and the stories that make Britain Great. With a passion for all things ‘sport’ and a minor obsession for all things ‘Olympics’, the start of Rio 2016 can’t come soon enough!
Aimee Knight SST BSc(Hons) – FCN Academy Coach
Aimée decided from a young age Sports Therapy was the career path she wanted to venture down after receiving extensive treatment herself. A desire to help people, improve quality of life, promote well being and a love for sport drives her within her career. Aimée also has a background working within Sports Nutrition for 5 years where a holistic approach to injury was further promoted. Aimée has worked in professional sport up to championship football standard for 4 years, where she continues to gain experience with athletes with varying injuries. Aimée has continued to uncover new obstacles and challenges whilst working in a male run and dominated environment but still continues to progress in her career. Alongside all the knowledge and experience within her field Aimée brings enthusiasm and positivity through to all her clients and as she is passionate about getting you back to full fitness!
Louise Capicotto BSc(Hons), MSc, MBPsS – FCN Academy Coach
Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years and was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics. She volunteers at her local secondary school, running lunch time and after-school sessions. Alongside coaching, Louise is training towards being a BPS-accredited Sport Psychologist at Loughborough University, whilst also having a background in sports science. She has a particular interest in the treatment of eating disorders in athletes, as well as mental health in elite sport, the psychology of coaching, and resilience. Alongside coaching and sport psychology, Louise is an international powerlifter winning multiple national and international medals, as well as being the current British record holder for the under-53kg class squat. Louise is passionate about translating theory into practice and helping athletes to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.
The FCN Co-ordinators are a team of female coaches, leaders and athletes who are dedicated to creating Global networks of female coaches in their sport.
FCN Roller Derby Co-ordinator – Maha El Nasser
Maha is an American born Roller Derby coach now based in the UK and is also a qualified rowing coach. She is the Head Coach of the only recreational Roller Derby League in Yorkshire and is in charge of a team of coaches, ensuring they develop their planning and delivery skills as coaches.
The FCN Ambassadors are a team of female coaches, leaders and athletes from a variety of sports and countries, carefully selected by the FCN because of their passion, dedication and commitment to increasing the number of women who coach. These women believe in the empowerment of female coaches and will play a vital role in creating an effective and impactful legacy of equality in sport.
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. Gail’s role as FCN Ambassador is to not only bring a wealth of sporting experience to the FCN, but also to represent female coaches around the Globe in her various roles within the sporting World.
Sarah played soccer and lacrosse in college. A passionate supporter of sport-for-all, she relishes the opportunities soccer has provided her to travel and experience sport across the U.S. and in different countries. She is always looking for the next adventure that will expand the reach of sport, particularly for girls and women. With experience coaching at all three NCAA Divisions, and two trips to the NCAA tournament, Sarah is currently the Assistant Men’s Coach at Dutchess County Community College.
Molly is passionate about personal growth, developing positive functional team culture, service learning and leadership development. She is a visionary with a heart for developing cultures and leaders who are value driven, people centric and service oriented. She is an avid reader and a world traveler. She currently serves as a college soccer coach and has previously been employed as a teacher/professor and has served on the communication staff for several non-profit organizations.
Jazz is an up and coming football coach in the UK who is well on her way to achieving her ambition of working in football at the highest levels. She’s passed her UEFA B course in 2015 and has worked in a variety of roles within football including being the Head Coach to a senior men’s team and more recently spent a year as the Head Coach to the Yeovil Town Ladies FC Development Squad, in the FA Women’s Super League Development League.
Creating a community can only happen with your input. So get involved, spread the word and start interacting. The bigger the network, the bigger the impact on the sporting fraternity. If you would like more information about how to get involved or would like the FCN to speak at your event, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org