Female Futures in Sport

By Jason Savage
7th March
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Kick-off your career and turn your passion for football into your job

Passionate about football? Interested in a career in sport? Not sure what options are available?

Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls FC, in association with Berks & Bucks FA, are hosting a FREE open evening for girls in school years 7 and above interested in a career in sport.

Places are limited so please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/3AqPMWDAPgRKLODE3

Join us for insight and views from those who have been on the journey. Speakers from Milton Keynes College, Bucks Sports Academy, Global Premier Soccer Oxford and the University of Bedfordshire will share their experiences and offer advice on the different pathways and career options available.

Our guest speakers include Dawn Mallett and Di Cunningham. Dawn Mallett is Course Team Leader at Milton Keynes College and a former FA WSL footballer. Dawn started her football career at Norwich City FC and played for London Bees, Watford Ladies FC, Millwall Lionesses FC and Cambridge United Women’s FC, finally finishing her playing career with MK Dons Ladies FC in 2018 where she won the league. Di Cunningham is the Chair of Pride in Football and co-founder of Three Lions Pride. In the summer of 2018, Di and her fellow members of Three Lions Pride flew the Rainbow Lions flag of St George at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, generating global LGBT+ visibility in football across TV, radio, press and social media.

• Thursday 4th April 2019
• 6.30pm - 9.30pm
• Education Suite, Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Unit 2, Walton Lodge, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 7QY (Sat Nav HP21 7TA)

For more information email: treasurer@aylesburyunitedladiesgirlsfc.com or call/text: 07904 011007.


Ellen Hopkins has been Football Development Officer for Berks & Bucks FA since April 2018 and is currently the lead on Women’s & Girls’ Football. She has a coaching background and is currently undertaking her UEFA B qualification. Previous roles include full-time coaching roles at Oxford United FC and UK Elite Soccer in the USA for 2 years.

Dawn Mallet is Course Team Leader for Sport (Higher Education) and Leadership Academy at Milton Keynes College. Dawn began her footballing career at Norwich City FC before joining Arsenal Ladies Academy at 16. She worked for Cheshire FA and Stoke City FC Centre of Excellence as a coach and performance analyst while studying for her degree in Coaching and Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dawn was Captain for London Bees before signing for Watford Ladies FC and then Millwall Lionesses FC. She played for Cambridge United Women’s FC before finishing her playing career in 2018 for MK Dons Ladies FC where she won the league and was awarded an SSE Women’s FA Cup Player of the Round trophy.

Ben Williams is manager of Aylesbury United FC and owner of Bucks Sports Academy. He is qualified UEFA A Licence coach and has a diploma in Sports Studies. On a day-to-day basis, Ben manages Bucks Sports Academies' 16-19s years football and education programme, based mainly at The Mandeville School in Aylesbury, which includes coaching the U19 team in regional leagues and national cup competitions.

Amy Taylor is Head Tutor at GPS Oxford and has been teaching BTEC sport qualifications for nine years. She has played football competitively for over 20 years and her previous clubs include Oxford United Women's FC, Oxford City Ladies FC, Preston North End Ladies FC and Barton United Ladies FC. Amy is also a qualified Sports Therapist. The new GPS Oxford Female Football Academy will starting from September 2019.

David Pears has a BSc (Hons) with QTS in Physical Education and an MSc in Coaching Science, both from Brunel University. He also holds the FA Psychology for Football Level 5 award and is a UEFA B Licensed football coach. He currently works as a senior lecturer in coaching at the University of Bedfordshire and has three coaching roles, all in girls / women’s football. David is head coach at an FA Wildcats Centre, a (U14) grassroots team and Bedfordshire FA’s Advanced Coaching Centre for girls (U16). Previously David has coached the University of Bedfordshire Women’s football team, was a coach at Watford FC's Girls Centre of Excellence and worked as a coach mentor for The FA.

Di Cunningham is co-founder of Three Lions Pride, the England LGBT+ fan group, and took the Rainbow Lions flag of St George to the Russia World Cup where it was regularly impounded by security and taken down! She also helps run a similar group at Norwich City FC and is Chair of the 40 strong UK wide alliance of LGBT+ supporter groups. She was on the panel for the 2018 FIFA Diversity Awards and gave evidence to the government Select Committee on Homophobia in sport.


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