So what does this mean for medical and science practitioners. Football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England, reports the Football Association (FA). There are currently over 3 million registered players but the FA plan to double this, double the fan base and to drive future winning England teams.
In a strategy entitled “The Gameplan for Growth” Head of Women’s Football, Baroness Sue Campbell, outlined key priority areas which include ‘building a sustainable and successful high performance system’ which ‘produces world-class players’. Of course, world-class players need the expertise and support of some of the world’s best medical and science practitioners.
Women’s Football has already had fantastic success with the growth of the FA Women’s Super League and success of England Lionesses and with the predicted increase of 6 million players both in elite and grassroots football by 2020 the growth for the medical and science teams is inevitable.
The FA have already created four new posts – Head of Women’s Performance, Head of Women’s Coach Development, a new Women’s Refereeing Manager and a Head of Marketing and Commercial.
The Football Medical Association have recently seen an increase in the number of positions in the women’s game posted on their website and anticipate that these are set to rise. This is great news for FMA Members who are in pole position to apply for these posts. The FMA have recently been instructed to post jobs stating “FMA MEMBER PREFERABLE”. This is because Clubs know that our network keeps members ahead of the game in terms of news, education and support. It also demonstrates an individual’s desire to be part of an increasingly influential organisation which keeps them informed of changes and developments within this unique industry.
This is a great time for affiliate practitioners such as nutritionists, dentists, consultant physicians and consultant surgeons to join the Football Medicine Register. As the number of women’s teams increases across the football arena, so too does the need for elite practitioners who have knowledge and experience of the professional game.