Meet our Girls’ Development Centre coaches

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Girl's Development Centre launch

Ascot United launched their Girls’ Development Centre in September of 2022 and it continues to grow in popularity, here we introduce you to all our brilliant coaches.

Carol Checkley – Head of Girl’s Football

Hello, my name is Carol and I am Head of Girls Football at Ascot United Football Club and I currently coach the U18 Emeralds team. I have been coaching football for nine years alongside completing my FA coaching badges. In 2017, I won an FA community ‘Coach of the Year’ . I have played and enjoyed watching football from age of 5, I stopped playing football at the age of 15yrs old then returned at 30 years old. I’ve played for a number of clubs in my tenure including Ascot United FC, Brentford FC Women and Burghfield FC.

I love coaching the girls at Ascot, seeing the girls having fun, smiling and watching them grow as players is a really proud moment. I’m really excited and looking forward to coaching at girls development sessions.

Donna Graham coaching the Girls Development Centre
Donna Graham coaching the Girls Development Centre

Donna Graham – Head of Girl’s Football

Hello, my name is Donna, I have been coaching football for 5 years and hold the FA Level 1 Coaching certificate. I played football when I was younger, mainly for my school and with my Dad and brother.

I am also Head of Girls section with Carol, I am so proud of how much the girls section has grown at Ascot! It’s amazing to see so many women and girls playing football at Ascot United. I also manage U15 Sapphires which includes coaching my daughter, I’ve been with the team since they started at U10s.

I am really excited for our new development sessions to start and can’t wait to meet the girls……our future Lionesses!

Related: ‘Some big name teams really motivates the girls each week’ says manager Stuart Connor on their JPL debut season

Gary – Girl’s coach

Hello, my name is Gary and I hold a Level 3 UEFA B coaching licence and have been involved in the sports world for 22 years now. I have had a number of coaching roles from head of community schemes to FA Tutor delivering coaching badges to sixth form students. I started playing football when I was 4 years old and have played for various local sides in Berkshire.

I look forward to working with you all.

Alix Todd coaching ahead of the FA Cup tie against AFC Acorns Photo: David Bell
Alix Todd coaching ahead of the FA Cup tie against AFC Acorns Photo: David Bell

Alix Todd – Girls Coach and Head Coach of Ascot United Women

Hello, I have been coaching for roughly 8 years now, having achieved my Level 2 in 2014. My first role as a coach was with Bucks New University Ladies, coaching them as both an 11-a-side and futsal team. As a teenager I began playing for one of the many Ascot Diamonds teams the clubs’ seen over the years and I went on to play for the women’s team from the second I turned 16… due to progression as a player and the demands of my studies away from Berkshire I left Ascot for a number of years, but could always feel it calling me back. In 2020 I made the decision to re-join Ascot United Women as an assistant coach and in 2021 I took over as head coach, I also decided to sneak the boots back on and get back into the action as a player.

I look forward to working with the Girls Development Centre.

Related: “They’ve got hunger, desire and importantly the belief in what they can achieve” says Coach Alix Todd on the season so far

Youth Coaches

Chloe

Hello, my name is Chloe and I have been playing football since I was six years old. I currently play for the U18 Emeralds and I also play women’s football on Sundays. I am currently studying a Sports course at college with Brentford FC. My playing position is striker and my favourite player is Sergi Canos. I have coached a variety of groups at Ascot United including Wildcats, Soccer School & Holiday Soccer Camps.

U15's Sapphires - Berkshire County Girls Football League 2022/23
U15’s Sapphires – Berkshire County Girls Football League 2022/23

Pippa

Hi, my name is Pippa and I’m one of the Youth coaches at Ascot United. I’ve helped coaching at Ascot for two years at Wildcats & other younger teams training sessions. I play for the U15 Sapphires and my position is right or left back. My favourite football player is Millie Bright.

Chloe

Hi, I’m Chloe and I am a Youth Coach at Ascot United. I’m goalkeeper for the U16 Crystals and Reserve Keeper for the Girls Youth U18 team. I really enjoy coaching the girl’s development sessions and have also helped coach younger goalkeepers. A football player that I admire is Mary Earps.

Related: ‘Some big name teams really motivates the girls each week’ says manager Stuart Connor on their JPL debut season

Book a place on one of our Girls Development Centre sessions now!

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