The final part of the evening was a question-and-answer session hosted by FA Coach Mentor Carly Farrell. Having first met whilst both were with Brighton, the rapport between the two ensured that the Q&A was honest and humorous.
Covering everything from the beginning of her football journey, her biggest lesson from working alongside Hope Powell, and going on to working in the Lionesses set up, Amy gave a full and highly insightful account.
Speaking after the event, Amy said: “The SO GOOD female coaches group provides an invaluable opportunity for coaches to develop and support each other throughout their career.
“Bringing like-minded individuals together who are all so passionate about coaching can have long lasting effects in empowering individuals and sharing best practice.
“I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Masterclass and having the opportunity to understand the challenges coaches are facing, as well as sharing my own journey to date. We need more female coaches at every level of the game, and the SO GOOD group are doing a great job of nurturing females in the game!”
One of the members of our SO GOOD group, Megan, said: “I really enjoyed The Merricks Masterclass, and I thought it was a brilliant insight to what it’s like as a UEFA Pro coach.
“There were lots of key points to take away from the masterclass but there were definitely a few that stuck with me, such as trusting and believing in yourself, focusing on the moment and not the mistake and stripping back your session to what you want to achieve, and you’ll be successful.
“The evening was so inspirational and I’m so lucky to be able to be part of the SO GOOD female coaches’ group, which has enabled me to grow in confidence massively, have a network of amazing females who support one another and have the Sussex County FA there to help when you need too!”
Finally, our Development Officer, Abi Knight, said: “A huge thanks goes to everyone that helped set this workshop up, particularly Sharon Muxworthy-McIvor, Carly Farrell, East Grinstead Sports Club, Crawley AFC Women First Team players and managers, Dave Connor and Dave Satchell, and Crawley AFC Women Chair, Chris Minn.
“To see what a difference events like these make to the confidence of each individual in attendance is remarkable, and the growth and development of this group is a privilege to witness, and I want to continue this while encouraging more females to take that step into coaching.
“I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Amy for giving up her valuable time to help teach and inspire this new wave of female coaches in Sussex!
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