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2021 Female Coaching Scholarships – APPLY NOW!

April 27th, 2021

The Northern NSW Football ‘C’ Licence Coaching Scholarship for Women (the Scholarship) is an initiative of Northern NSW Football (NNSWF), which has been established to provide funding assistance to female coaches to complete the Football Australia ‘C’ Licence advanced coaching accreditation.

The Scholarship provides the opportunity for 5 (five) female coaches to complete the Football Australia ‘C’ Licence, with the purpose to increase the number of accredited female coaches within NNSWF.

Each scholarship includes a $1,000 contribution towards the course fee for a Football Australia ‘C’ Licence course.

(Total course fee is $1,185. Successful candidates will need to contribute the balance of the fee, currently $185.00)

Coaches will receive ongoing support from NNSWF Technical Team & NNSWF Female Participation and Inclusion Officer.

The successful Applicant will be required to complete the Scholarship within 12 months and attend the online 2022 State Coaching Conference (Time and Date to be determined).

NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes believes the Scholarship is a great initiative to help increase the number of female coaches as all levels of the game and will further develop women’s involvement in football.

“The ‘C’ Licence Scholarship is a commitment from NNSWF to ensure that we increase the number of accredited female coaches.

“We have significantly less women coaching than we do men, with two major barriers identified being cost and lack in confidence to become a coach.

“It is important as a Federation that we continue to invest in this area and not underestimate the impact that female coaches have in our clubs.

“This type of financial support can boost the confidence of women and girls participating in sport on and off the field.

Haynes continued that the scholarship isn’t just financial assistance.

“It’s not just about reducing the cost; it’s about working with each individual to ensure they build the skills to become a confident coach in their environment.”

“There will be a clear line of support for these women to continue to develop as a coach.

Applicants need to provide a letter of support from their Member Club, agree to a minimum of a one (1) season long commitment to coaching at their Member Club and complete the online application form.

The Scholarships will be available as below:

> 5 Female Coaching Scholarships available for coaches engaged within NNSWF Premier or Community clubs.

> Be a minimum of 18 years old.

This Scholarship addresses the following Northern NSW Football Strategic Goals:

> Developed coaches who have the capacity to develop players’ technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social attributes;

> Significantly increased the number and competency of accredited community coaches throughout NNSW;

> Significantly increase the participation of females throughout the sport; and

> Promoted the benefits of females fulfilling leadership roles including coaching, governance, administration and refereeing.

Each Scholarship candidate will be supported on an individual basis to discuss the needs of their location, time and travel requirements.

All applicants must be currently registered as a Coach within the national PlayFootball registration system to NNSWF or Zone or affiliated Member Club.


How to Apply

  1. Download or print the Scholarship Guidelines.
  2. Read the Guidelines to familiarise yourself with the Scholarship process and requirements.
  3. Complete this online application.
  4. Submit the application by close of business on 28 May 2021.

Recipients will be announced at the 2021 Female Football Networking Evening at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Saturday, 26 June 2021.


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