|Organisation:||Stoke Gabriel Men's Senior Football Squad & ISFA England Womens U16s|
Having only taken up coaching in 2011, Jazz Hervin has set the footballing world alight. Having started playing football aged 7, she went on to play for professional team Exeter City Ladies Team aged 15 but was scouted for the FA Football Future Leadership Programme. Jazz soon caught the coaching bug and since then has gone on to manage a number of clubs and even speak at a variety of national coaching conferences, often being the only female coach to do so.
This interview was conducted in July 2014, and since then, Jazz has gone on to become the Head Coach for the Women’s Super League Development Team, Yeovil Town Ladies. She has also written a number of blogs for the FCN, so don;t forget to visit our blog section and click on her tag!
Primary School: Played every sport possible (apart from Gymnastics and dance!)
Secondary School: Main sports were Badminton, Netball and Football – All of which I competed at a County level.
Started playing football at 7. Played for a boy’s local team, then girls Centre of Excellence for 6 years, progressing to the Ladies First Team at 15. Now currently playing for Torquay United Ladies FC.
As a football player my current idols are Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta.
As a Football Coach my idols are: Paul Clement, Marieanne Spacey, Nick Levett, Gareth Southgate and Mark Sampson.
I became a part of The FA Football Futures Programme in 2011 and out of many different football roles, I chose coaching as my specialist area.
I started helping out with a youth grassroots team and progressed from there, through qualifications, more responsibilities and experiences throughout many different coaching environments, age groups, genders and abilities.
There are 2 so far:
Becoming Head Coach of the ISFA England Women’s U18 Squad – When I was only 18 years old myself!
Being appointed Head Coach of Stoke Gabriel Men’s Senior First Team, competing in the South West Peninsula, League Premier Division. Which made me the first ever female coach in the leagues history to date.
However, despite those achievements… The main achievement I am most proud of is, the opportunities I have created for over 300 grassroots young players that I have worked with – To express themselves, enjoy and learn more about football.
But also, to promote the practice of 3 key important values:
Being a good person on and off the field of play.
Goal setting to try and be better than last time.
Working hard with the aim of achieving YOUR personal best.
I think there are many female coaches, especially at the lower levels of coaching. However, I think that the higher the qualification, the less female coaches there are. On the other hand, I believe there are many female coaches out there with the ambition to be at the top level within football.
In order to the raise the profile of female sports coaches, I believe there needs to be a good opportunity to link with high level female coaches, to share experiences and inspire others at all levels of the game.