ECNL Announces H.E.R. Coaching Scholarships

AYW WhiteRICHMOND, VA (February 3, 2015) – The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), the nation’s premier female youth soccer league, today announced a new H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program for aspiring female coaches to continue their development and education.  H.E.R. is an acronym for “Health & Education Resources,” and is an ECNL platform designed to provide information, tools, and opportunity for female athletes.  The H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program is designed to encourage top female players to enter the coaching profession, and to help the next generation of coaches and leaders continue to raise the bar in youth soccer.

“The ECNL has an ongoing mission to raise the game, and an integral part of that mission is increasing the number of high level soccer coaches in the United States.  To help this, and to demonstrate to our players that a future in sports can be a reality and a great and rewarding profession, we are providing a new program with resources and opportunities focused on coaching education among our premier athletes,” said Sarah Kate Noftsinger, ECNL Commissioner.

In line with the ECNL Amazing Young WomenTM campaign, the H.E.R. Coaching Scholarship Program is created specifically for ECNL Alumni and aspiring female coaches. The program provides financial assistance to attend either the US Soccer Federation National Coaching School’s “D” license course or “E” license course. The courses are offered periodically at various locations throughout the country.

“The ECNL was created to meet the needs of the elite female youth soccer players in the United States.  As these players look beyond their playing careers, we want them to know that their future in sports can take many paths, including coaching, and that they can be the future role models for the next generation of players and leaders,” continued Noftsinger.

In 2015, ten scholarships will be offered to coaches that are either ECNL alums just entering the coaching profession or current female coaches within ECNL Member Clubs. The deadline for submitting applications for the first round of scholarship awards is April 1, 2015. Awards in 2015 will be awarded to those coaches applying for “D” and “E” US Soccer coaching courses in 2015.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have been an ECNL registered player (played in the ECNL at the U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 or U23 age group) or be a female coach within an ECNL Member Club
  • Aspire to coach or currently coach a women’s and/or girls’ team at the club or college level
  • Complete the online application

“To raise the level of the women’s game, we have to create opportunities for the next generation of female leaders and coaches to get involved, and we have to invest in coaching education,” says Noftsinger. “Our goal is to help provide these Amazing Young Women with the opportunity, guidance and voice to further their skills and increase the number of female coaches and leaders in soccer. “

Additional features of the H.E.R. Coaching Program will be announced in the coming months.


About Amazing Young WomenTM:  The Amazing Young Women campaign is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders.  Throughout the 2014-2015 season, the ECNL will showcase what it means to have #BeautifulAmbition as exemplified by former and current ECNL players, and will call on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.   |   Facebook:  /theECNL  |  Twitter: @theECNL

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