Jen has worked closely with Wigan Athletic Community Trust in recent months to enhance her coaching skills and expertise.
- Jen currently volunteers with Wigan Athletic's official charity.
- Capped by England, she wants to inspire more girls to play football.
- Girls Football Week encourages more girls to get involved in the game.
To celebrate Girls Football Week 2018, we spoke to Jen Myler to learn more about her footballing journey and how she is now inspiring females across Wigan Borough to take part in the game.
Currently volunteering for Wigan Athletic Community Trust and coaching Wigan Athletic Ladies’ Under 10’s football team, Jen has worked closely with the Trust’s Women and Girls Football Officer over a number of months to enhance her coaching skills and expertise.
Girls' Football Week (Monday 23 April - Sunday 29 April) is a national campaign to get as many girls as possible playing the game. It’s a great opportunity to get active, meet new friends and have fun.
Jen said: “I started playing for Wigan Athletic at a really young age and spent five seasons with the club before realising that I definitely wanted a career in football.
“I was invited for trials with Liverpool Ladies Football Club and was offered the chance to play for them so spent four seasons there, and during that time was capped by England Schools’ Football Association. I played for Everton after leaving Liverpool and currently play for Blackburn Rovers.”
Growing up in the town, Jen has supported Latics her whole life and says being involved with the club is something she cherishes.
“I’ve supported Wigan from a young age so playing for them and eventually volunteering for the club is a real dream come true for me.
“It was only really when I picked up an injury and had to stop playing for a few months that I realised that I’d like to know more about coaching, so I started volunteering with the Community Trust and gained the qualifications that I needed to help coaching the Under 10’s team.
“The best thing about coaching for me is seeing the girls I coach grow as people and develop a real passion for football just like I had when I was their age.”
Please email Hannah Hipkin-Steele on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Girls Football Programme.