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


Sunday 23rd September 2018 

Birmingham, England


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.







Mo Marley 

Mo Marley has been at the heart of English women’s football since playing for Everton Ladies in 1988, the team she later went on to manage in 2002.  Having earned 41 caps for England from 1995 – 2001, Mo went on to become the second woman ever to hold a UEFA Pro license, manage Everyone Ladies from 2002 – 2012 and become the England Ladies interim Head Coach in 2017.

In 2010, Mo’s Everton Team won the FA Cup, beating the almost unbeatable team of Arsenal Ladies, the first team to beat them in an 8 year long run.

In 2017, Mo stepped into replace the sacked England Manager Mark Sampson until the FA decided to give the dull time post to Phil Neville.  Mo had an unbeaten run as Manager and was the ‘peoples preferred choice’ as full time manager…and went back to her role as U20 & U19 team manager.

Mo will be sharing her story and her coaching journey at this years conference!




Emma Doyle

Emma Doyle is a world-renown motivation and activation speaker from Melbourne, Australia.  Her mission is to help people discover their inner coach and live the best story of their lives.  Through her keynote speaking, mentoring, coaching, and consultancy she inspires, improves, and impacts players, coaches, teams, and corporates in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.A.

She is a High-Performance Coach with a strong background as a tennis touring professional, a talent development coach and she is the current Australian Junior Fed Cup Captain-coach.  Emma’s pioneering approach to communication and coaching encourages deeper long-term thinking and provides individuals with the tools to better understand how they use their language to bring out the best in themselves, understand their teammates, as well as engage and empower others.  She specializes in positive mindset coaching, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Program Practitioner), EI (Emotional Intelligence) and Workplace and Business Coaching.

Emma is passionately involved in creating gender equality in all sports through ​her impactful ​coach education workshops​.  Her goal is to help empower all females; aiming to stretch their comfort zone, build their confidence, and discover their inner coach.

​The best way to describe Emma, is to invite you to spend just over 13 minutes listening to her TEDx talk entitled:
Unleashing Female Potential” New York.





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.






Nicky Horn 

Empowering confidence in coaching is the area of expertise for Nicky and her team at Sport and Beyond. Before you can be someone you have to know yourself and this is the basis of their passion. Nicky taught and coached at boarding schools for over 20 years before embarking on this adventure in people development. She coaches and teaches by knowing her strengths and building on her people skills. She plays racket sports and in 2010 became the British Over 45 Squash Champion, representing England in the Home Internationals as we well as coming 4th in the World Championships.












Rachel Bower 

A former boxer herself, Rachel won a National Title and boxed for England before hanging up her gloves to concentrate on coaching.  A Detective with the Metropolitan Police she volunteers as a coach to the Police team and acts as Team manager for international tournaments.  She is based in South West London where she coaches children and adults from novice to elite level at Earlsfield Boxing Club. Rachel also holds a position on the England Boxing Coaching Sub Committee, advising the board around coach development strategy and has recently secured a position as an England Support Coach, assisting the National Coaches with training camps and talent development.










Aimee Knight 

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. 





Other names include: (more information coming soon!)


Tracey Delaney – Head of Sports Sponsorship; Spar International


Sarah Dwyer-Shick – Soccer Coach from the USA










09:30 – Arrival

10:00 – Welcome and Opening of Conference

10:45 – Keynote Speaker 1 + Q&A

11:30 – Networking Opportunity

12:00 – Workshops

13:15 – Lunch and networking

14:00 – Keynote speaker 2 + Q&A

14:45 – Networking Opportunity

15:00 – Keynote Speaker 3 + Q&A

15:45 – Katharine Merry

16:15 – Coaches Scrum + Q&A Panel

17:45 – Conference Close

18:00 – Networking Event










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.










Hotels Near By


  Hotel Ibis Bordesley Circus -3 STAR Hotel  approx £39 a night

1 Bordesley Park Rd, Bordesley Green, Birmingham B10 0PD






Travelodge Central Moor Street – 2 STAR

Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SS,







Marriot Birmingham – 4 star hotel approx £102 a night






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