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A female PE teacher who was refused a coaching licence by the Football Association

(Photograph) - A female PE teacher who was refused a coaching licence by the Football Association because it was claimed women were "too emotional" was this week awarded more than pound;16,000 in damages.

Vanessa Hardwick, above, who teaches at the Grange School in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, twice failed to win an advanced licence to coach despite scoring higher assessment marks than some male coaches, former Premiership players.

"I'm not normally this aggressive," said Ms Hardwick, who now plans to coach in the USA. "But sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself."

Photograph by Hamza Mould

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