The Women’s Coaches Advocacy Group distributes a quarterly newsletter to keep its members up to date on news, deadlines and other association happenings. The newsletter also serves to let members know what the group is working on, highlighting group members and information on how you can get involved. Below is a letter from group chair Samantha Snow. To read the full newsletter, click here.
Letter from the chair, Samantha Snow-
What an exciting summer! The World Cup was just amazing. I wasn’t one of the individuals fortunate enough to experience the tournament in France but I sure enjoyed watching the games and witnessing the United States and Jill Ellis and her staff make history. The NWSL is finally receiving the record-setting fan support it deserves across many of the markets: the Portland Thorns FC set the overall attendance mark with 25,218 fans on August 11, the Red Stars set their attendance record with 17,388, Sky Blue FC set a franchise record at Red Bull Arena with 9,415 fans, and the Washington Spirit played at Audi Field in front of a record 19,470 fans. On top of it all, Kate Markgraf was recently named the General Manager of the US Women’s National Team. Things are definitely moving and shaking in the Women’s Game.
How do we make this excitement last? Where do we begin to keep this momentum going? Don’t these questions sound familiar? So, why do we have to keep asking them?
Regardless of the group, when I am speaking to coaches, parents, clubs, etc., I ask them the same thing: What have you done today to help keep a child in the game? The kids who are playing, becoming referees, and volunteering to coach are likely the next generation of World Cup coaches, players, officials, administrators, and fans. From the highest levels to the grassroots, how are we keeping women and girls, specifically, in the game?
These questions are exactly what our group is trying to answer and solve. Do you want to be part of the solution and continue the growth and excitement from this summer? Read on and get involved. There’s a place for everyone in this game and you’ll always have a seat at my table.
If you’d like to support, participate in, or potentially lead one of the Women Coaches Task Forces, you can sign up to do so here. Good luck to everyone who is starting their seasons at the collegiate, high school, and club levels! I look forward to keeping up with you and your teams over the next few months!!
Yours in Soccer,