The Football Exchange Women's Network

Connecting LJMU staff, students and alumni working in the football industry

The Football Exchange Women’s Network (FExWN) is part of LJMU’s Football Exchange (FEx) and aims to connect women working across the world in the football industry by offering opportunities for curriculum placements, peer support, general networking, guest speaker/lectures, and the potential for research collaboration or further study. Core membership is open to any LJMU staff, students and alumni currently working in football. 

You can register your interest in joining the collective by sending an email to

About the FExWN

Lead: Dr Fran Champ

An award-winning team

The work of our world-leading women has been recognised on a National and International stage and several of our football practitioners and researchers have gained prestigious awards from the sporting organisations and accreditation bodies inclusive of: Aspetar, the Gatorade Sports Science Institution, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Our expertise

The Football Exchange Women’s Network works with a wide range of clients, from clubs and governing bodies through to commercial enterprises and community schemes in the following areas:

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Sport and performance psychology

We have been working strategically and operationally at a number of professional clubs in both men’s and women’s football to provide applied sport psychology support. The members have experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of culturally bespoke psychological development programmes at youth and senior levels both within clubs and with the Football Association. We provide individual and group psychological support to players and staff up to and including first team levels.

Performance nutrition

We deliver performance nutrition support to elite players at youth and senior levels underpinned by a world-leading nutrition research culture. For example, our performance nutritionists engage in one-to-one consultations with players and key stakeholders, and work as part of multidisciplinary teams to adopt a pitch-side approach to performance nutrition.

Match and performance analysis

We have undertaken research and applied projects with several top men’s and women’s clubs and national associations including the Football Association.

Physiology of preparation and performance

Our members work with national men’s and women’s teams at youth levels to optimise the preparation, performance and recovery of elite players. For example, we conduct specific research projects in collaboration with the Football Association to influence training programmes and the provision of physiological support.

Other areas

Our network members occupy a range of additional performance and health based roles. For example, we are involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of football for health interventions, and the use of sport stadia as health-promoting environments. Furthermore, some of our members occupy officiating roles in professional women’s and semi-professional men’s football.

"It is our ambition within the Football Exchange (FEx) to ensure that the development of world-leading female practitioners remains our prominent focus for years to come. Therefore, I am very proud to be the founder and ambassador of the Football Exchange Women’s Network on behalf of the FEx. This is just the beginning of our journey together, and I am excited to see what the future holds"

Dr Francesca Champ -
The Football Exchange Women's Network Ambassador