Stepping Over The Sidelines

Join our next Stepping Over the Sidelines cohort

Free introduction to coaching programme for women aged 18+

Thinking about volunteering at your local grassroots football club? Want to help coach or manage a team? Then our Stepping Over the Sidelines programme could be perfect for you.

The programme is designed for women aged 18+ with little to no previous playing or coaching experience who are thinking about getting involved in volunteering and coaching within football.

The need for positive role models to inspire young girls and show them that they do have a place in the game has never been greater. Whether it's at school, after school, at local clubs, or anywhere else, the Stepping over the Sidelines programme is an opportunity to start your coaching journey and meet new people just like you.

Fancy giving it a go or know someone who might? Keep reading to find out how you can get involved!

What is Stepping over the Sidelines?

The programme is delivered over two face-to-face workshops and aims to provide an encouraging and supportive environment where aspiring coaches can take their first steps to learn about coaching, techniques and strategies, as well as getting to know other female coaches and individuals in the community.

The practical aspect of the workshop is designed to showcase what coaching looks and feels like on the pitch, ensuring that you leave feeling comfortable and confident to get involved with a session.

Finally, the programme aims to give you a flavour of what you could explore next, including access to a fully funded place on the Introduction to Coaching Football course for those who complete the programme.

Who is it for?

The programme is perfect for women who want to take their first steps into coaching football. The aim to break down some of the barriers such as, “I have no playing or coaching experience” or “I don’t know the rules” and looks at skills and attributes that individuals may already hold which can be transferable to coaching football.

Why should I get involved?

Our previous cohort back in July saw 16 women successfully complete the programme and start their coaching journey in the grassroots game. They rated the programme 9 out of 10 and said their confidence levels have more than doubled after completing the programme.

Click play on the video below to hear from Stepping Over The Sidelines participant Lindsey Knight. 

When does the programme start?

The Stepping Over the Sidelines programme kicks off in February and is split into three modules.

Module 1

Topic: We'll work together to identify the transferable skills you already have that you could use as a coach. We will explore well known playground games and show you how you can turn them into football games. This is also a great great opportunity to meet your mentors and get to know the rest of the group. 

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2024, 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Rotherham Football Centre, Rotherham S65 1SU

Module 2

Topic: Taking place online, we’ll look at how to plan sessions from warm ups to games. We’ll also dive into how to use the STEP framework to turn one game into an hour long session. 

Date: Monday 11th March 2024, 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Online

Module 3

Topic: Back together again, you’ll be coaching and co-coaching to put all your new learnings into practice whilst discovering more activities that you can use in your own coaching sessions.

Date: Saturday 20th April 2024, 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Rotherham Football Centre, Rotherham S65 1SU

How to sign up

Book your free place on the Stepping over the Sidelines programme by clicking the button below.


If you have any questions prior to registering or attending, please contact Molly Wilson at or Sara Harnett at

I’m a current or former female player and want to get involved in coaching, what should I do?

We’ve just launched our Player to Coach programme aimed at supporting female players aged 14+ who are thinking about transitioning from playing to coaching. Find out more by clicking here.

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