SHE CAN PLAY
Our philosophy is simple, we want more girls and women to play & stay in Football.
At She Can Play we believe creating a positive learning environment is essential for player development. We facilitate this by employing professional female role models; our coaches. We believe role models play such an important role for girls dreaming of becoming Footballers, this is why our Regional Coaches all represent teams in the Women’s Premier League or the Women’s Super League.
She Can Play’s journey started at The FA People’s Cup in January 2016, the largest 5 a side tournament in England with over 5000 teams entering. The She Can Play women’s team were unbeaten through the local and regional rounds and headed to Sheffield for the National Finals. After the Cup Final being broadcast live on the BBC red button, She Can Play narrowly missed out on the title taking Runners Up in the Women’s Category 2016.
Following this success, we were able to kick start our girls and women only Football sessions and become official partners with Sport Englands ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. She Can Play currently work with local charities, grassroots clubs, professional clubs, councils, mental health groups and schools to increase the number of girls playing Football in Essex
Founder Kat Clifton graduated from the University of Brighton winning a scholarship for her degree in teaching. She spent four years as a full time PE teacher specialising in Football and increasing the number of girls playing Football in the borough. Kat Clifton is an FA Qualified coach with accreditations in Football and Futsal. She coached recreational and semi-professional teams in America, Spain and Germany. Clifton’s playing career includes starting from grassroots level before representing the county and then moving on to represent teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and more recently West H
am Ladies in the Women’s Premier League. Kat is now working full time as the founder of She Can Play to develop more opportunities for girls and women to play Football in Essex.
‘For the first time in history this generation of girls can grow up with the dream of becoming professional Footballers and having a career in Football. She Can Play is about creating opportunities that inspire all girls and women to play Football and stay in Football.’
We are here to support the growth of Women’s Football, one step at a time.
Founder of She Can Play