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 a vital role for girls choosing to play Football, this is why our Regional Coaches all represent teams in the Women’s Super League or the Women’s Premier League.
The FA People’s Cup
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, SCP were able to kick start their girls and women only Football sessions and became official ambassadors for 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 across England.
In 2017 She Can Play were delighted to be approached by Essex FA to deliver their Player Development Centre (PDC). The centre compliments the training of the girls existing grassroots clubs and consists of four teams from U10-16. The PDC supports and develops all players for a potential transition into the Essex RTC thus forming part of The FA’s Elite Player Pathway. In addition, She Can Play formed an Academy that transitions into the PDC.
Exclusive Five Year Partnership with PlayFootball
Towards the end of 2017 She Can Play signed an exclusive five year partnership with specialist Football provider ‘PlayFootball’. The core objective of the partnership is to create more opportunities for girls and women to play Football across the UK in a friendly and positive environment. SCP & PF are launching Girls’ Football Sessions across the nation targeting 5-11 year olds in 12 new locations.
Phoenix Sporting Goods
To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2018, She Can Play announced Phoenix Sporting Goods as their Official Equipment Supplier for the next two season’s. Phoenix Sporting Goods creates and distributes a range of strong, performance led brands to the grass roots, sports education and professional markets.
Founder of She Can Play
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. 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 Ham 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 across the UK.
‘For the first time in history this generation of girls can choose role models that are full time professional footballers that play in a professional league. It’s vital that we all support the WSL and the WSL players because girls and women’s Football would not be where it is today without them.’
Founder of She Can Play