To celebrate the first-ever Women’s Sport Week, Brighton & Hove Albion’s media team have taken the opportunity to recognise our very own sportswomen in a series of news stories. Click here to find out more about Women’s Sport Week 2015.
Here we interview Albion in the Community’s (AITC) women’s and girls’ football development officer Kim Stenning, after she was appointed manager of the re-formed Sussex County FA Women’s Representative Squad.
Kim will be assisted in her role by AITC girls’ participation officer, Luke Tyler.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “I saw the vacancy advertised online and a few people in the office thought I should go for it.
“It’s a step up from what I already do as coach of the Sussex University team and I’ve also played for Sussex representative squad as well. It is a natural progression for me to now have a go at being a manager.
“My role will be an all-round mix of everything; such as supporting the players and getting new ones into the squad as well. I’ll need to look at players from different clubs, go out to watch games and recruit players that way.
“It’s important to ensure that everyone is ready to play for Sussex if they’re called up because it’s a privilege.
“We can’t field Super League players, so it gives those that have a potential to play in the Super League a chance to impress.”
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Stenning also launched a brand new fitness class called Zumba® Fitness Football, aimed at encouraging more women and girls to take up the sport.
Following the first-ever session at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre last month, Kim revealed that plans are in full swing to expand the programme.
Stenning explained, “At the moment we are going to deliver it in schools.
“We’ve been asked by three or four schools to do a ten-week programme and I now have to arrange different dances in terms of difficulty.
“If we teach it in a ten-week programme, the first three weeks will be easier and then it will get progressively harder”.
Stenning then explained the importance of having Women’s Sport Week and how it will help to inspire young girls taking part in football.
“For me it’s really important because our department in AITC is about increasing female participation in football, so to celebrate what we do is excellent.
“It also allows me to look at all the different inspirational figures in football and you realise how far the sport has come.
“It’s great that the first women’s teams will be included in Fifa 16 as well and I’ll definitely be playing that!”