-TALKING WITH LEAH POOLE-
“IFCPF believes there should be inclusive and accessible playing opportunities available to everyone”
How long are you been involved with the Female CP Football?
As a fairly young international federation, IFCPF started work to develop Female CP Football since we were established in January 2015. Personally, I have worked with CP footballers since 2015 but this will be my first time working with a group of female only CP footballers and I am really looking forward to it.
How did you been introduced to this world?
Having worked within disability sports for many years, I started coaching for the English FA at the South West CP Regional Talent Development Centre in England in 2015 and loved working with the players. We started a club last season purely for CP players with both a junior squad to develop younger players and a senior squad that I am Head Coach for that compete in the National CP league.
With your experience, did you think the Female CP Football is growing?
It’s taken a long time for women’s football to gain the acceptance level it currently enjoys, but it still has a long way to go. In a very short time, IFCPF now has more than 12 countries who have introduced mixed-gender football opportunities and at least 5 countries with Female CP Football programmes.
How important is this growing for the society?
IFCPF believes there should be inclusive and accessible playing opportunities available to everyone.
Talking about the games, Sant Cugat will be the first games with Female CP Football competition.
What do you think about it?
This event will provide the first international platform for female players to develop and compete, giving players worldwide a great opportunity to showcase what is out there for female players. I think it is an exciting opportunity for the players to come together and hopefully inspire other females with CP to play and look for opportunities to play within their own countries.
The first two days you will manage a training camp. Can you explain us what is the main objective of the camp?
Involving players from a number of countries, cultures and backgrounds, the camp will be an opportunity to engage enthusiastic grassroots players who like nothing more than a kick about with friends or those who maybe wish to develop as a player and play competitively, with ambitions of representing their country.
Can you explain us what work will you practice this two days?
We will look to develop a range of technical and tactical skills to give the players a real playing opportunity. We will do look at the rules of CP football, work on team building and fitness and prepare them for the competition element of the camp.
Which are the next steps to keep growing the Female CP Football?
We are working with our partners and member organisations to offer a range of opportunities for players at all levels, especially the development of Female CP Football. It is our goal that through a range of initiatives and awareness raising, our CP Football family can grow the game, and number of female players enjoying it. In 2019, IFCPF will deliver regional Female CP Football events to stimulate participation within the game and provide opportunities at a more localised level.
Thanks Leah for your time!