Being released from Brighton was hard to take for Charlotte but was lucky she had already done her FA Level 1 and 2 as it set her up nicely for her next career path.
“My FA Level 1 and 2 were done in Oxfordshire, I had Mark Hainey for both of those and they were done in very quick succession (2010 & 2012) because I needed the Level 1 to go to America.
“Then when I got back, the tutor from the Level 1 said that I should really go for the Level 2 because he thought I was good enough to go for it.
“There was a significant gap between my Level 2 and B License because playing just took over. I stayed on at university and did a masters as well. At the time I was playing for England Under-23s and just super busy.
“I was living away from home at the time where I was doing all these training programmes I needed to do with England Under-23s, but I also needed to make a living.
“I think coaching and teaching go hand-in-hand; everything that underpins what I do well in coaching, is what I do well in teaching and vice versa.
“Obviously there are different aspects of what you teach and what you coach, but the foundations of the four-corner model, how you know your players, how you get a rapport with players, how you organise sessions, I've learnt so much from that which goes into teaching.
“I passed my teaching in 2012 and worked at Dorothy Stringer in Brighton for five years, and then I moved to Thomas Bennett College in Crawley to work on their football academy.
“What was happening during this period saw my playing days start to become limited. I suffered being released from Brighton, which was really, really tough.
“That year was the first time I realised I needed to consider my options, I still wanted to be in football, so I jumped straight onto the B Licence. That's when I joined Saltdean while I did that, and then when I did my A Licence I went to Crawley Wasps in tier 3.”
The B Licence though was the making of Charlotte from a coaching perspective and she tells us of those that influenced her along the way.
“I loved the B Licence, I was so lucky, I had Chris Jones, Matt Dunn, and Mark Leigh, then Ted Dale dropped in. That really underpinned my drive to want to coach at a higher level. The detail that they went into, Ted really stretched me on the questions he'd ask me, how I looked at the game.
“Level 1 and Level 2 gives you a good grounding as to what you want to do but the B Licence and A Licence was really where I learnt and applied the tactical side of things.
“I had a coach at Southampton called Mick Cracknell, and I was just a 16/17-year-old player but he came in and started talking about plyometrics and how I moved my body, how I landed, deacceleration. I remember talking to my dad on the way home saying like who is this guy, why are we learning about this stuff?!
“I was lucky to move to Reading as well with a coach called Brian Lackey, and he was the first coach, along with Mick, that went into that detail with me.
“Brent Hills, at England, was very good, and I actually had Laura Harvey there as well, who has had a lot of success with the USA Women's National Team and is now OL Reign manager.
“She was actually the first female coach I had along with Mo Marley in the England setup. So, it took me until national team level to see a female coach!
“I loved everything about how Laura delivered her sessions, and I always came off excited to go back the next day. There was just something about her humour, the way she got her technical detail over, but do it in a way that was so charismatic.
“We were all 21/22-years-old, and she wasn't that much older! But you automatically got that rapport with her. She's now heavily successful in the women's game in America, which is amazing.”
It wasn’t always an easy ride for Charlotte entering the coaching world, but she has let her knowledge and ability do the talking.
“A lot of the time I was at Dorothy Stringer, I coached male players, so my early years coaching there I didn't coach female players. The first set of female players I coached was at Saltdean in 2018. My Level 1 was in 2010 so it was about eight years until I coached female players.
“It was really challenging because I was going into environments that were male-dominated. I was coaching Sussex Schools and Brighton Schools, and I was taking boys teams and going to games where the opposition coach would go and shake hands with my assistant because they didn't think I was involved with the team.
“I had a lot of parents questioning why a female was taking their son for county football, I had a fixture where a referee came and asked if I was the physio and would be massaging the boys at half-time. I said, 'no I'm actually a B Licence coach and the manager of Sussex Schools Under-16s.' He acted very surprised to hear that!
“That was the grounding of me in football though because I was always getting second-guessed, and you know you have to be on it with your detail and what you say to players because you feel like you're always being judged.
“Luckily for me, I worked with some incredible players during that time, some of whom are now playing under Adam [Hinshelwood] at Worthing, who are heavily successful.
“I still see some of those players and they will always come and say hello. You then realise it doesn't really matter what other people's opinions are, it just matters what your players think.”