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The Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire are looking to inspire more women to get into coaching.
A survey by Coaching UK has highlighted that women only account for around 30% of the coaching workforce with this proportion dropping to 17% of qualified coaches and only 12% of highly qualified coaches.
In response to this, The Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire are looking to inspire more local women into coaching, like Tri Energy coach Samantha Anderson, whose journey led to her being presented with the ‘Wyre Forest District Coach Of The Year Award’ in 2017.
Samantha Anderson was a competitive triathlete, winning British and European titles. However, in 2015 she struggled to return to fitness after the birth of her son. She says, ‘I felt overwhelmed by the task of getting fit. I suddenly understood why people could be put off or didn’t enjoy it.’
Spurred on by her desire to help others feeling the same she established beginners and improvers running and triathlon groups. Samantha says, ‘I wanted to break down all barriers and ensure ALL were welcome regardless of experience or ability, I had already set up a junior triathlon club, Tri Energy Kids, so this was a natural progression.’
Samantha now coaches Tri Energy for both adults and children, competitive triathletes, triathlon sessions and social running sessions.
Samantha says, ‘The coaching experience has changed my life. The best part of my coaching experience so far is seeing the lifelong friendships people have made through the groups and sessions.’
She is keen to encourage other female coaches, ‘Go for it! It is so rewarding doing things for others! You know more than you think you do and can help people in a far greater way than you might realise. Other more experienced coaches are often very willing to help and you may be able to get mentor. Be yourself, love what you coach, and your enthusiasm with shine through!’
Chris Corke at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, ‘We are committed to getting more women coaching, and making sure once you are coaching, you feel supported and stay motivated.’