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Gender Equity in Sport: Answering your frequently asked questions

I was recently having a good trawl of the internet looking for interesting and useful documents to support my work. I came across the ‘Montreal Toolkit’, published by the International Working Group for Women in Sport. It had a really great section which gave answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about gender equity in sport, and ones that I am often asked. I thought I would share the questions, and more importantly the answers with you…

'Q: What is gender equity all about?'

Help more women into coaching - it’s time to nudge!

To all you coaches out there, would you like new coaching assistant? Great! Read on to learn more…

Out of the 3.6million (approximately) coaches out there, only about 30% of them are women. UK Coaching, through Reach, is working to support more women in coaching. We share women’s coaching stories, provide top tips for coaching, and also supply many useful guides and resource for our partners to reach more women within their own sport or physical activity.

Your turn to get more women coaching

Fewer women regularly participate in sport (31.9% of women as opposed to 40.5% of men), which is why Sport England launched #ThisGirlCan, to celebrate active women and girls, and to ecourage others to overcome the fear of judgement and join in.

Coaching disabled people: Listen to the participants....

All coaches should be able to welcome disabled people into their club sessions: You just need your knowledge and experience of differentiation and be able to provide a confident and positive welcome to everyone that comes along.

We thought it might also help you to know what disabled people’s experiences of sport and being coached are. Surely that would help? We asked Leeds Met University to do some research for us – after all the best way to know how to support someone is to ask them.

Disabled people want to take part in activities which connect emotionally with their lives

Disabled people are more likely to respond to activities, which connect to their everyday values says a new report by the English Federation of Disability Sport. The in-depth findings in this intuitive research could challenge providers’ thinking on the opportunities currently offered to disabled people to be active. Using this direct insight from disabled people, the national charity hopes the information supports those who deliver programmes, to improve and increase opportunities available.

Rugby League's first-ever Level 3 female coach

Amanda Wilkinson has become Rugby League’s first female Level 3-qualified coach in the history of the sport.

Amanda, who is the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation Manager, receives her Level 3 qualification following the completion of a two-year course, during which time she has passed numerous written and practical coaching assessments.

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