Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes was one of the guest speakers at a conference in Washington last week, where the focus was on girls and young women in sport, as well as the upcoming Women’s World Cup.
Hayes, one of the top women’s coaches in the game, and someone who worked in the US earlier in her career, was invited to be part of the panel at the event.
She was joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who chairs the Mayors Professional Sports Alliance, Ali Krieger, 2015 FIFA World Champion USA player, and Kay Rawlings, founder of the Orlando Soccer Club.
The hour-long session covered various aspects of the female game as well as highlighting the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which takes place in the summer, and the best ways to promote women’s soccer programmes in the US.
Hayes said: ‘Last week I attended a conference on behalf of the football club and during that I was on a panel in front of US mayors.
‘They are looking to use the Women’s World Cup as an opportunity to engage with their communities and they were looking at how we do things at Chelsea as a model of best practice.
‘I also got to interact with different influencers in politics that want to experience Chelsea and what we do on the women’s side, and use it as a model for success in their own communities.’