About us

Founded in 2016 by Kat Clifton, former professional footballer. SHE CAN PLAY's mission is crystal clear: bridge the gap between grassroots and the WSL. SHE CAN PLAY employ professional full time female football coaches to deliver the highest quality coaching through their Player Development Centres and Junior Premier League Teams. Trials take place annually.

The journey began with a momentous occasion at The FA People's Cup in January 2016, a pivotal event in women's football. From local triumphs to national recognition as 2016 National Women's 5-a-side Football Finalists, SHE CAN PLAY has been on a trajectory of success.

Since then, SHE CAN PLAY has been tirelessly working to offer elite player pathways for girls aged 7-16 through their esteemed Essex and Hertfordshire Player Development Centres (PDC). Their PDC serves as a stepping stone to The FA Girls' England Talent Pathway, with coaches actively identifying and referring players who show Lioness potential. Success stories like Hope McShreffrey and Bella Cowley, who proudly represented England after training with SHE CAN PLAY, highlight the program's effectiveness.

Inclusivity is at the core of SHE CAN PLAY's ethos. They offer subsidies to families requiring support and mentorship opportunities for aspiring young female coaches. Their dedication to equality extends to SCP Sportswear, all players wear a line of football kits designed by and for women.

With plans to launch their first women's football team in the 2024/2025 season, SHE CAN PLAY is committed to setting new standards of excellence, with a long-term vision of one day reaching the WSL.

Join SHE CAN PLAY and be part of a transformative journey toward a future where every woman has the opportunity to thrive in football. Together, let's shape the future of the beautiful game.