2nd May 2002




A football coaching CD-ROM produced in Hull is to be used to encourage a new generation of women players to take up the sport.


Dean Northfield (24), a Media Technology student at the University of Lincoln on Cottingham Road, developed the CD-ROM to help girls learn the basics of the game.


Hull City’s Football in the Community scheme has ordered 50 copies and will be using it to help coach footy-mad youngsters across the city this summer.


And, as the women’s game grows in popularity and films such as ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ raise its profile even higher, Dean is hoping that his CD-ROM will be the starting point for many a successful career in the game.


“The CD-ROM aims to teach the basic skills – passing, dribbling, shooting, heading and control,” said Dean, who plays for the university’s Hull-based football team. “The idea is that the girls watch the short video clips first, then view the coaching points and then try to put what they’ve learned into practice on the pitch.”


The CD-ROM has been produced with the help of St Mary’s College on Cranbrook Avenue, whose PE teacher Marc Cooper provided the footballing expertise.


“St Mary’s is a designated sports college and their help in getting this project underway has been down to Marc’s enthusiasm and help,” said Dean.


John Davies, Football and Community Development Officer at Hull City, added:. “We’re delighted with the work that Dean’s done and we certainly think that the CD-ROM will be of benefit to us when we’re coaching the kids.”


“Women’s football is a growth area in Hull and there’s a lot of work being done to try to make it even more popular. Anything that helps to promote women’s football and encourage girls to take part can only be a good thing.”


If the CD-ROM is a success Dean hopes to market the technology further afield. “I’ve been liaising with Doncaster Belles and they’re interested in using the platform as the basis for a CD-ROM for their club,” he explained.



For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk