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Reach - Supporting women in coaching

Reach is a national campaign run by Sports Coach UK created to raise awareness and inspire more women to get into coaching.

Targeting women of all ages and backgrounds Reach reinforces the messages that coaching is about helping people of all ages and abilities to get active, stay active and get better while being active. It can be a sociable activity and is a way of giving back to your community and sport. All this whilst being a role model to encourage others into sport.

Women are currently under-represented in coaching. Research has shown that women do want to coach, providing the environment is right. However, sport is still regarded as a gendered activity which strongly favours men. By creating greater diversity in coaching, Reach will begin to address this and participants will benefit from having a choice as to who they are coached by.

The Reach website is a hub of information which will support women, celebrate their success in coaching through case studies, videos and photographs and also provide useful resources which will, in the long term, create a cultural change in coaching.

Also, follow Reach on Twitter - @ReachCoaches or go to the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ReachintoCoaching

Are you a Female Coach? Share your story!

We are looking for women who actively lead sport or physical activity sessions as a coach, leader or activator to share their experiences and journeys to be promoted as part of the Reach programme in Herefordshire and Worcestershire!

We want to enable a range of women to tell us about their experiences whether it's leading a running group, coaching a young rugby team to assisting in a multi-sport environment.

Sharing your experience with us will not only help us celebrate your achievements and involvement but also inspire and motivate other women across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to take on the mantle and become coaches or leaders in their chosen sport.

To get involved express your interest in becoming one of our Reach ambassadors by emailing Chris at c.corke@worc.ac.uk or for more information call 01905 542 229.

Female Coach Recruitment

Clubs and other organisations are at the forefront of Coach recruitment, so how can you raise the profile of and recruit female coaches within your club or organisation?

  • Present positive images of women in sport in your website and newsletters
  • Recognise and acknowledge the work of your volunteers
  • Compare the profile of your coaching workforce with that of your members and users. Do your coaches meet the needs of your local community?
  • Look beyond the obvious candidates when recruiting new coaches/activators
  • Look outside your own club or centre for new blood – partner with other local organisations in open days
  • Review the support and CPD you provide for your coaches to ensure that it is inclusive
  • Ensure that the coaching environment is free from discrimination and harassment
  • Nominate your successful female coaches for relevant sports awards.

Use the resource guides below to find out some more top tips!

Reach News

Reach Spotlight: Katinka Ernst enjoys every moment of her coaching

Reach Spotlight: Katinka Ernst enjoys every moment of her coaching

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:26

University of Worcester Student Katinka Ernst is a volunteer and coach for Disability Sport Worcester, here she explains what motivated her to become a coach and shares her experiences so far.

Sport has always played a very important part in my life. It... Read More »

Squash Girls Can Coach Development Programme

Squash Girls Can Coach Development Programme

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:35

England Squash are for a second year delivering a Squash Girls Can coach development programme!

The programme aims to increase the number of female coaches through funded coaching courses and/or a holistic mentoring programme to help develop coaches and... Read More »

Coaching has opened up "a whole new future" for Worcester Tri Coach Kirstie Ruane

Coaching has opened up "a whole new future" for Worcester Tri Coach Kirstie Ruane

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:04

Not everyone plans on becoming a coach sometimes it can just be down to the circumstances that we find ourselves in, this is exactly what happened Kirstie Ruane at Worcester Tri Club Juniors.

As a stay at home mum Kirstie used to watch and support from... Read More »

This Girl Can returns to Worcestershire!

This Girl Can returns to Worcestershire!

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:03

Following the extremely successful campaign in Malvern last year, #WorcsGirlsCan returns to Worcestershire, this time on a county-wide basis. Last year's campaign offered 61 different activities across a range of schools and sports clubs, engaging approximately... Read More »

Reach Spotlight: Hereford's Triathlon Club coach Penny Harris

Reach Spotlight: Hereford's Triathlon Club coach Penny Harris

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:02

This month's Reach spotlight turns on to Hereford's Triathlon Club coach Penny Harris. Here's a quick question and answer to find out why Penny coaches and any top tips she can pass on to other female coaches.

What sports or activities do you coach or... Read More »

Reach - Meet Worcester Judo Coach Jane Burns

Reach - Meet Worcester Judo Coach Jane Burns

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:03

Meet Jane Burns a judo coach at Worcester Judo Club 83. She coaches judo to a range of people, from children as young as 5 years old to adults.

As a child Jane was a competitive judo player. She returned to judo about 10 years ago when her own children... Read More »

Calling all  female coaches, physical activity leaders or activators!

Calling all female coaches, physical activity leaders or activators!

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:26

We are looking for females who actively lead sport or physical activity sessions as a coach, leader or activator to share their experiences and journeys to be promoted as part of the Reach programme in Herefordshire and Worcestershire!

Reach is a national... Read More »