Energize held their first Women Make Coaching event on 15th April 2016 at the University Centre Shrewsbury. It was designed to provide an introduction to the project aiming to get more women in to sports coaching and support those who already are. The event attracted 25 local women, a mixture of experienced coaches, and those who are completely new.
On the night, delegates had the opportunity to hear an inspirational speech from Telford based international judo athlete Kelly Edwards who believed her coach has been central to her success. Other speakers on the night included Julie Mackintosh from Sports Coach UK and local tutor Nicky Fuller who provided the group with an excellent opportunity to discuss why coaching was important to them, and what their issues were. Some great discussions were had amongst the group providing the impetus to organise similar networking events in the future to help support coaches in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and give women a platform to liaise with other like-minded coaches to share their experiences and discuss what matters to them within their sports or activities.
Here is a picture of Julie Mackintosh, Coach Education Advisor at Sports Coach UK delivering her talk
Women Make Coaching is a campaign ran by the 6 CSPs in the West Midlands. Energize offer one to one tailored advice and guidance to help coaches start, get qualified or learn more in relation to coaching. Anybody who is interested in starting or progressing their coaching journey can join the programme. Support includes help finding coaching opportunities, advice regarding training required to be a coach and to get better, help finding mentor support, qualification funding where required, and invitations to networking events with other local coaches.
If you are interested in joining the programme, please complete this survey.
Due to the success of the first event, Energize will be hosting the second event on Thursday 12th May. This will be a chance to access the full version of the Positive Behaviour Management workshop delivered by a Sports Coach UK tutor alongside the opportunity to network with other female coaches from across the county interested in a range of sports and activities. If you would like to attend, please sign up via this page.
If you have any questions about the event or the Women Make Coaching project, please contact Elliot Pottinger, Coaching and Volunteering Manager at Energize-
Phone: 07852 871589