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08 Mar 2021 567

UK Coaching encourages NGBs to reap the benefits of its female leadership programme

The lead charity for coaching in the UK has created a Leadership and Development Programme that national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) can use to support their female pathway coaches.

The programme works through a structured series of learning and development opportunities and can be completely tailored to an NGB’s respective needs.

UK Coaching is highlighting its programme as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, the awareness day that positively recognises the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

The organisation’s 2019 Coaching in the UK research shows that female coaches made up 43% of the coaching workforce, down from 46% in 2017. The research also shows that female coaches are significantly less likely to coach at a regional level or above and only 18% of females coach at an academy or club level compared to 35% of their male peers.

High-performance coaches currently make up 10% of all performance coaching roles, but in the last year, proactive measures have been put in place in a bid to increase that number. Recently, UK Sport named 27 female coaches for its leadership programme in a plan to more than double representation of female coaches in the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community by Paris 2024.

UK Coaching’s Coach Developer (Talent) Jenny Coady, said:

As part of International Women’s Day, we’re shouting about our programme and its potential to help sports across the sector develop a leadership community of female coaches that impact performance and development throughout the country.

“We wanted to provide governing bodies and other partners the opportunity to understand their workforce and feel supported in taking the necessary steps to develop and nourish their female coaching workforce. In turn, giving the participants on the programme an opportunity to develop their knowledge and an understanding of themselves, the environment they coach in, the people they work with and their coaching practice.

“We aim to not only provide support to the NGB and their workforce but also the growth of the environment the participants work in, so they can develop together. Ultimately, it’s about supporting coaches’ aspirations in whatever direction they wish to go, bringing the best version of themselves to the sport they love.”  

Basketball England has already worked with UK Coaching to design its Leadership and Performance Programme, which is supporting the development of 12 aspirational female basketball coaches to lead and inspire a generation of future athletes.

Courtesy of Basketball England, watch Solent Kestrels coach Annie Scanlon give insight into her coaching pathway, from her roots in the game to her inspirations.


Through its blended approach of one-to-one and group mentoring and coach development, face-to-face and virtual learning experiences – hosted through UK Coaching’s learning and development platform, ukcoaching.org – the programme will support candidates through the organisation’s coach learning framework, looking at areas of understanding self, individuals, their environment, and their coaching practice.

If you are interested in working with UK Coaching to support your female coaches on a leadership and performance programme then please download and complete an expression of interest form and submit it to [email protected].

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