Female footballers to benefit from development package for life on and off the pitch

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A new player care and development programme is launching to support female football players at Loughborough College.

The package, which has been developed in partnership with the Football Association, is open to footballers on the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) FA Women’s Super League Football Academy programme run by Loughborough College.

It ensures players have access to support for all aspects of player life beyond the pitch and includes modules which will see learners complete the FA Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Concussion E-Learning programmes.

Matt O’Dowd, Head of Elite Sport & Development at Loughborough College, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of elite footballers with the introduction of a varied player care package for our women’s Super League students.

“Similar programmes are already available in the men’s game so we know these programmes benefit players before, during and after their careers and it is only right the same support should be provided to female players.”

The player care and personal development programme is supported by 14 organisations, offering workshops and sessions covering topics including health and wellbeing, money management, nutrition and more.

Launching with the September 2021 student intake for the FA Women’s Super League Football Academy, the package will sit alongside the players’ coaching and teaching sessions.

The organisations offering their expertise to the programme are: If U Care Share; Sporting Chance; Chasing the Stigma; FA Integrity Team; B5 Consultancy; Athlete Angel; J P Media Training; Red Star Education; Commando Chef; Careers in Football; Richardson Sport; FA Intermediaries Team; Stonewall and BelievePerform.

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