Female Development

Female Development Info 2017

A systemic root cause that perpetuates the gender participation gap is the lack of women in coaching. The Coaches Association of Ontario is excited to announce an exciting project to enhance female leadership in sport made possible by the support of Ontario150. The time is now to get more qualified, engaged, and supported female coaches in all age groups, at all levels to increase opportunities for sport participation. Ontario’s citizens will benefit in terms of participation access, culture of sport, safety, lower dropout rates, and development opportunities to name a few.

More details regarding this program can be found through their website.


The Female Coach Mentorship Program

Run through Ontario Soccer, the Female Mentorship Program is a program designed to train senior female coaches, who in turn will act as educators and mentors to other female coaches who wish to further develop and progress their coaching careers. For more information, please click here.

PAST EVENTS: Female Development Program Events 2016

1. Networking Event - Tuesday, February 23rd - Event Summary 

2.  Effective Networking: This workshop was held Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 This wass a free workshop open to all females in the EODSA and presented by CAAWS.

CAAWS Effective Networking Workshop
Strong networking skills can be a valuable tool, both personally and professionally. This practical workshop will provide practical advice for immediate use at upcoming conferences and events, discuss strategies to tap into your network for new opportunities, and help you build and maintain your network for the future. Developed by women for women, this workshop is part of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity's (CAAWS) Women and Leadership Program.

3. Women on Boards Workshop: This workshop will be held Wednesday Nov 23rd 2016 starting at 6:30 at Algonquin College Room T334.

This FREE workshop is open to all women in our soccer community, however, there is a maximum of 30 people that can attend. Please register in advance here: https://goo.gl/forms/UMwmrkvpkSYcu7Qq2

CAAWS Women on Boards Workshop
Few women are involved as board members in organizations affiliated with the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association. It is critical that women are around the table to have a say in decisions about how organizations are run, programs delivered, and money spent. If you have considered joining a board, or are interested in supporting other women in this role, this workshop is for you! Participants will learn about boards and how they operate, key factors to consider before joining a board, and how to recruit and retain women into these important leadership roles. This workshop will be delivered by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).

Additional interesting information:

Women and Girls in Sport video:

FIFA womens football and leadership conference: 

CAAWS  Women in Sport: Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation report on the status of female sport participation in Canada: 

Stats to consider:

"If a girl does not play sports by age 10, there is only a 10% chance she will be physically active as an adult."

84% of female adults do not participate in sport