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For the second consecutive year our She Can Play Women’s Squad reached the People’s Cup National Finals, this year in Birmingham.





Vassos from the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and John Chubb from Phoenix FM interviewed Kat the day after winning the Regional Round in Romford, check out the interview on the link below valid for the next 28 days on iPlayer.


John Chubb from Phoenix FM wanted to find out more on how She Can Play is inspiring the next generation of female footballers during an interview in the studio

John Chubb from Phoenix FM wanted to find out more on how She Can Play is inspiring the next generation of female footballers during an interview in the studio

Sports reporter Vassos interviewed Kat live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Sports reporter Vassos interviewed Kat live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show

England and Chelsea Footballer Inspires Girls to Play

Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player, had a kickabout with the She Can Play Mums' team, pictured with their daughters. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player, had a kickabout with the She Can Play Mums’ team, pictured with their daughters. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.


Chelsea Football Club ladies and England star shows Havering girls they can play.


She came, she scored, she inspired a new generation of women footballers after sharing her passion for the game that has made her one of England’s most well-known face.

England Player 2017

England  2017





Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies and England footballer, joined youngsters and their mums at a weekly She Can Play session at Noak Hill Sports Complex yesterday.
Set up last year by Kat Clifton, 26, of Harold Hill, She Can Play aims to give girls a place to play and develop their skills.

“When I was growing up, there wasn’t this sort of thing,” said Fran.

“There wasn’t anyone to look up to. I just knew the male footballers. I didn’t know any females.
“There was no place for girls to do this [play]. You had to be serious or not do it at all.”

But She Can Play is set to turn that around.

The club is riding high on the success gained last year after beating thousands of entrants to make it to the national final of the FA People’s Cup, despite narrowly missing out on the prize after losing 3-2.

The club features a women’s team, sessions for five to 11-year-olds, girls aged 12-16, and their mums.

Fran with Players of the Week

Fran with Players of the Week





Fran Kirby, second left, a Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player,with She Can Play players of the week. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Fran answered all of the girls questions

Fran answered all of the girls questions











Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player, answering children’s questions at Noak Hill Sports Complex. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.


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She Can Play after the FA People’s Cup at Powerleague Shoreditch. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD/THE FA/GETTY IMAGES
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Fran Kirby Inspiring the next Generation

Fran Kirby Inspiring the next Generation

“I really like the mum thing,” continued Fran.

“It gives mums an incentive to play and if the girls see mummy playing they then want to be like mummy.

“Mums are then role models. It’s really cool.”

Mary Nemhara, who plays for the mums’ team at the same time her young daughter plays with other children, said: “We looked everywhere for courses for girls and there was nothing.

“It’s wrong. All the male ones you can get just like that but there is nowhere near as much for girls.”


The club also teaches the girls to get to know faces in the FA Women’s Super League.

Kat added: “Instead of being the next David Beckham, they can become the next Fran Kirby.”

Having recovered from her injuries, the star player hopes to be picked for the upcoming Euros.

“Meetings have been quite positive,” she added before rushing off to show youngsters her nifty footwork.

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To help the club win a Football Association community award for best inclusive project for providing opportunities for women and girls click here.

**NEW** Girls’ Only Football in Harold Hill

We are so excited to release our FIRST ever girls’ only Football sessions in Harold Hill.

Located at the brand new Noak Hill Sports Complex.


Our sessions are also available for women/mums that would like to play Football. We deliver the girls and women’s only Football sessions at the same time, so mums are able to play whilst their daughter are.

Women's Sport Week 2016

Women’s Sport Week 2016

The Football sessions are perfect for Women that may never have had the opportunity to play Football before. All abilities are welcome, our coaches specialise in creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere so be brave and give Football a try 🙂

To reserve your place, contact us on






First Round of the People’s Cup 2017

People's Cup 2017

People’s Cup 2017





On Saturday 24th January, we sent two teams to the first round of the FA People’s Cup. One team consisted of five incredible mum’s that were looking to prove a point; it’s never too late to be a role model. The group of mum’s started playing Football together in September when their daughters joined our girls’ only Football session’s. Over the months they have developed friendships, Football skills and the desire to inspire their daughters to continue playing Football.

Mums Squad with Kat

On the other side of the spectrum, our other She Can Play team are all too familiar with the FA People’s cup having beat 5000 teams to become  2016 Runners Up of the Adult Female Category. Both teams with a point to prove, for different reasons.

Our Mum’s squad kicked off the tournament in Shepherds Bush with an incredible 3-2 win against a very competitive team, such a fantastic achievement for a group of women that have never played in a team before! It didn’t stop there, our mum’s placed 3rd overall in their group that comprised of 6 strong female teams. Well done mum’s!!! Picture2

Our women’s squad also kicked off the People’s Cup in true She Can Play style beating the first team 8-0. The girls confidence remained high even though suffering a shock defeat in their second game, they managed to get through the group stages finishing in 2nd place. The quarter finals brought about some familiar faces that posed a great challenge in last years Cup; Fusion. She Can Play after a tough fought game managed to win by a single goal, much to the delight of their home supporters. After breezing through the semi-finals with a  7-2 win they were happy to know the two finalists automatically qualify for the REGIONALS.

After walking through the imaginary tunnel to lucky number pitch 3 the girls soaked up the euphoric atmosphere of 30+ fans and a dog. After singing the national anthem She Can Play were ready to play. After coming back from 2-0 down to levelling 2-2 it was looking to be decided by pens. However a last minute goal by the opposition piped them to the post. The loss didn’t last long as soon after the officials notified She Can Play that the opposition had fielded an illegal player, thus meaning She Can Play were crowned winners of the local round!


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The People’s Cup 2017

After reaching the Cup Final for The FA People’s Cup in 2016, The BBC paid us a visit to see what we’ve been up to. The People’s Cup if you can remember, is the biggest 5 a side competition in the UK with over 5000 teams entering last year. We were very proud to invite The BBC to come and film one of our Girls’ and Women’s only sessions.Our story will be aired in the coming weeks however you can catch a small glimpse through the link below.

The FA People’s Cup welcomes male, female and disability players across 16 categories – ranging from under-14s to veterans (over-35s). We highly recommend signing up to The FA People’s Cup.

If you haven’t already signed up follow this link and enter your team NOW!

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Sign up closes on February 19th!


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Premier League Visitors

Last week we were very lucky to be visited by TWO Women’s Premier League players; Charlton Athletic’s Centre Midfielder Katie Bottom and West Ham Ladies / India’s No.1 Adi Chauhan.

Adi delivered a goal keeping master class to our advanced players aged 12-15. She went through the fundamentals of shot stopping, closing down the attacker, how to dive safely and distribution. By the end of the session all the girls were extremely proud of themselves demonstrating they would be able to step into the position if ever needed. Adi was very impressed with how quick the girls picked up the skills and how they transferred them into the conditioned games. It was also a great insight for our attacking players to see how a goal keeper thinks especially during the quick 1 vs 1 situations. Thank you Adi!

Katie Bottom decided her master class’s theme would be how she scored her first goal for Charlton; her head! She demonstrated the importance of both defensive and attacking heading techniques to the 7-11 year olds. The heading practices simulated different game situations, the girls chose what type of movements they had to make prior to the header in order to generate a better technique. At the beginning many girls were scared of the ball, by the end Charlton’s centre midfielder managed to convince the youngsters that the ball was their friend not an enemy. The girls were very excited after the session to win a personalised photo too. Thank you Katie!

Katie Bottom's First Goal for CAFCShe Can Play Premier League Visitors

India's No.1 GK Adi

West Ham football player sets up scheme to encourage girls to play the game

A West Ham player who is disappointed by the lack of football opportunities for girls has set up a scheme to help tackle the problem.

Kat Clifton, 25, of Harold Wood, wants to make the sport accessible and, fuelled by an Active Essex grant, has set up She Can Play – an organisation that pairs girls in the borough with teams and trains them.

“There are quite a few girls who want to play but they can’t get into a team,” she said. “It was really difficult when I was younger and it was really hard to find a girls team – I just had to play against the boys in the playground. In the end I had to travel to Barking to get into a team.”

Kat said girls deserve more support in football and you just have to look at the women’s World Cup results to see they are great at it.

The women’s side came third, putting the England’s men’s side to shame. You couldn’t do it for a living back then, but now the Super League players can do it as a job,” she added.

“The pay is nothing like in the men’s, but you get enough to get by.

“Give it five to 10 years and women will get there.”

She Can Play will act as a stepping stone, linking young players with clubs and developing their technique with additional coaching sessions.

The organisation will also run fun sessions aimed at mothers who want to get back into sport and for those who have never played before.

Kat, who works as a PE teacher, has been playing for West Ham since she was 11.

She added: “I just really enjoy playing. I love being in a team environment and want to give back to other girls.”

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NEW Women’s Only Football Sessions

As part of Sport England's campaign to increase the number of women playing Sport we are working with 'Active Essex' to provide more opportunities for women in Essex to play Football. Either women who have never played before or women who would like to get back into Football. We are running the women's only session at the same time as one of our girls only sessions.... Giving the mums a perfect opportunity to play while their daughters are playing! Our sessions are for all women of all sizes, ages and abilities.

** 10 week project **

Book your space NOW!

NEW Locations added!

Our Girls Only Football sessions are proving so popular that we are pleased to announce our sessions are now available in THREE locations. It is a very exciting time for us at the moment and we are looking forward to supporting more local grassroots clubs in the area.

Limited spaces available. Reserve your space today!

SCP Coaching Team Through to the Finals of The FA’s Largest Ever Mass Participation Tournament.

From left to right, Nat Cole, Kelly Gallagher, Kat Clifton, Beth Lloyd and Clare Singh.
The FA People’s Cup Finalists 2016.
She Can Play’s journey began at the first round of The FA Peoples Cup through the BBC Get Inspired project. The team ended up becoming unbeaten in the local and regional rounds in Shoreditch, London and qualified to the national finals in Sheffield. She Can Play won their group in Sheffield and proceeded to the ‘Final’. With the match being aired live on BBC iPlayer. The girls went 2-0 down within the first 5 minutes however Kelly Gallagher and Kat Clifton levelled 2-2. In the last 30 seconds of the game the opposing team managed to score a last minute winner with the final score 3-2. The highlights of the game and an interview by Head Coach Kat Clifton are currently available to watch on the BBC iPlayer and on the BBC website.  
Beth Lloyd scoring to send us through to Sheffield.
The FA People’s Cup Final in Sheffield .