Coach in the Spotlight - GNE Juniors and Ladies - Natalie Mills

Natalie Mills: Coach in the Spotlight

Derbyshire FA
The latest instalment of Coach in the Spotlight focuses on GNE Juniors & Ladies' Natalie Mills!

Every two months we will bring you an interview with one of our dedicated coaches to provide you with insight into their football and coaching experience. Who knows, you could feature in the next article or it may even encourage you to give coaching a try!

How did you get into football?

My dad was a footballer; I was born into a family of footballers and had little choice really. I played a little as a child but then gave up as there were no girls teams and I took up Netball, amongst other sports. I went back to playing at University where there were girls teams.

When did you start coaching?

I started coaching when my eldest daughter was 8. I was already coaching Netball regularly but she wanted to play football but there were no girls teams locally, so I set one up at the club my son was playing for and we started with 6 girls.

What coaching courses have you completed?

I did my FA Level 1 before I started coaching to help with my work in schools. I have now also completed, Youth Module 1 and my Level 2.

Have your coaching qualifications helped outside of football?

Yes immensely. I teach PE in primary school and run lunchtime sports clubs. The FA qualifications are the best courses I have completed and I use what I have learnt throughout a whole array of sports.

What are your coaching aspirations?

I’d like to stick with the group of girls I have right through to open age. I love seeing how these girls are growing and the friendships they have formed. We started with 6 girls at this age group and we now have 28. They have set the model too, as within the club we now have teams from U9 to U15.

The best thing about coaching is...

Seeing the real difference you can make to children’s development in football but also socially.

Who are your role models within football?

My dad first and foremost. For bringing the game to life for me and always believing in me and letting me find my own way in sport, finally coming back to football.

Any advice for a female wanting to get into coaching?

Be brave and believe in yourself. Remember the next generation of strong girls need positive role models to show them the way. My girls know mums can be involved as much as they want.

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