Celebrating UK Coaching Week with Brentford's Amber Lloyd
“Amber epitomises everything we are trying to achieve in female football.”
During UK Coaching week, we hear from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s lead female football coach Amber Lloyd.
What does Amber Lloyd credit much of her success in the coaching world to? For her, it's self-belief. The 24-year-old, who is also an avid Brentford fan, plays an important role in inspiring hundreds of girls to play football at Brentford’s Community Sports Trust.
“I feel lucky to be inspiring the younger generation to play sports, have fun and keep fit.”
Yet Amber concedes that her own road to success hasn’t been easy. “I almost had to prove myself to parents and players that I could coach because I was female,” she said. “But I love what I do, I stuck with it and put in the extra work just to ensure I wouldn’t make mistakes that could be picked up on.”
And for Amber, football dominates every aspect of her life.“At the moment my life is massively influenced by football: my job Monday-Saturday is coaching, watching Brentford on a Saturday and playing for Maidenhead Ladies on a Sunday.”
Her passion for football began early; she started playing football when she was ten and by fifteen was volunteering for the Trust. After gaining her Level 1 FA coaching qualification, she was enrolled on to the Trust’s Fearless apprenticeship programme back in 2013.
In partnership with the Fearless Foundation, which was set up in memory of well-known sports journalist Danny Fullbrook, the apprenticeship scheme saw three young people benefit from tailored training and football qualifications.
“With Brentford’s new stadium chosen as a proposed venue for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 tournament, Brentford FC and its Trust are working closely to encourage more girls to play and watch football. We need more coaches like Amber to help achieve that!”
June 5, 2019