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Welcome to our second FCN Coaching Conference for female coaches inclusive of all sports, all levels and all Nationalities.



The Female Coaching Network are once again hosting a one of a kind female coaching conference in the home of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 2018 conference will be the biggest gathering of female coaches from around the world…ever.  All coaches are welcome from all backgrounds and experiences and the day will cater for Level 1 grassroots / voluntary coaches, up to elite performance coaches.

Connect, share and develop is the theme for all the FCN annual conferences and this one will be no exception.

Presenters will be sharing their own experiences, stories, advice and knowledge, giving all attendees a unique insight to their coaching and sporting careers, with plenty of opportunities throughout the day to speak to each presenter.

Workshops will be delivered by Sport and Beyond and Sports Psychologist Louise Capicotto (as well as one further, soon to be announced), with a theme around self-awareness and personal development.

The day will also include a Coaching Scrum, in which attendees will be able to ask the incredibly excited FCN Coaching Panel questions in a ‘anything goes’ session.  Names of the coaches on the panel will be released over the coming weeks.

Feedback from our 2017 conference was that more networking time was needed, so the day will include plenty of time for coaches to meet, chat and build their own networks to support them in their future coaching  careers.




Previous FCN Coaching Conferences 



To find out about our #FemaleCoach2017 conference CLICK HERE

Vicky and the team at the Female Coaching Network have done an amazing job. To see so many Female coaches at every level, across so many sports in one place was up lifting.  Coming together in this way presented a great opportunity to establish where we are at, what we need, and how as a network of like minded individuals we can move forward, together. Great job FCN – onto the next one!”                                         Lois Fidler – UEFA Pro License Coach


“The conference was ABSOLUTELY amazing. To see so many women from so many different backgrounds, sport, etc all in one place, learning together – the excitement was surreal.” 

Kari Krakow – Track Coach, Wisconsin, USA

“As a young female coach this one day event has created a push in myself to do better and given me confidence and inspiration to push forward on some projects I have been hesitant about.    There is nothing like getting a group of like minded individuals together to share and learn from each other.”

Amanda Miles – Basketball Coach, Ontario, Canada



Special Guests and Guest Presenters


Katharine Merry

The FCN is very excited to announce that guest presenter Katharine Merry will be joining us on the day.  Katharine who is a former 400m runner, Olympic medallist, former World Number 1 and now a live TV presenter for the BBC, Eurosport, Channel 5 (UK), will be adding a glamorous and professional presenting touch to the day!

Katharine, who was coached by Olympic Gold medallist Linford Christie, has the versatility of being an established broadcaster and host around the World. Whether infield in the USA, live television presenting or behind the microphone being a lead commentator,  she excels in her sport of Track and Field as well as Netball, Triathlon, Pentathlon or Beach Volleyball!  Her sporting knowledge helps her hold her own as a regular guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s “Fighting Talk” panel show and on a variety of established television and radio programmes.

We would like to apologies to Katharine, a huge Aston Villa fan for inviting her to the home of her teams rivals, Birmingham City!

For more information about Katharine Merry, please visit her website:




Louise Capicotto 

After having a very successful year as a coach, athlete and sports psychologist, Louise Capicotto will be joining the conference as a workshop presenter. Louise has been involved with coaching weightlifting and athletics (throws) for the past 5 years. She was part of the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP) run by England Athletics and is currently part of the Women into High Performance Programme run by UK Coaching. 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.



More guests to be announced over the coming weeks!






About the Venue




St Andrews Football stadium is home to Birmingham City Football Club, a professional club in the Championship of the English Football League.  It is a club with a rich history in the mens game formed in 1888 and having played in the Premier League and FA Cups finals.  On the women’s side, the ladies team was formed by a group of female fans in 1968 and has been part of the top leagues in English women’s football ever since.  The team also has a wealth of female coaching staff including the Assistant Manager, Assistant Coach, Defensive coach and Sports Psychologist.

As a venue, St Andrews lies in the heart of England and right in the centre of the City.  It is a 20 minute drive from one of the UK’s biggest airports, a 30 minute walk from the main rain station and has over 350 free parking spaces.