Women in Coaching Programme

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics.  The programme will focus on providing development opportunities to help upskill female coaches, officials, volunteers and other support staff whilst also addressing the issues of gender inequality in specific areas of the sport and providing a network and support system for women in athletics and running.

Scroll down this page or click here to sign-up for the new free Women in Coaching Programme webinar series – an online opportunity designed to support, motivate and develop women in roles across athletics and running. The webinars will focus on a range of topics and will give participants access to a host of successful and inspirational women operating in our sport.

The Women in Coaching Programme acts as an umbrella under which three key issues will be addressed:

1) Provide a network/support system for women in athletics:

  • through regular group meetings and development opportunities. The women taking part in this programme will be able to access ongoing support and motivation as they develop in their roles and careers.

2) Provide upskilling opportunities for female participants:

  • such as presentation skills training, access to team coach training and confidence coaching.
    The focus will be to highlight developmental pathways within our sport and to provide access to expertise.

3) Addressing the issues that have caused the gender imbalance within specific areas of our sport (i.e. track and field coaching):

  • ensuring that opportunities are made available within our sport in a fair and equitable manner moving forward. This must become standard practice for all organisations if we are to make real change to women in athletics.

Women in Coaching Programme webinar series

You can sign-up now to take part in our Women in Coaching Programme webinar series – designed to give our female participants aged 16+ access to successful women in all areas of our sport and to create a range of development opportunities. If you are a woman in our sport seeking support, the chance to develop your knowledge and skills and/or an opportunity to network with other women in sport, view our latest webinars below and then sign-up today!

Sign-up using the links below and scroll down the page for more detailed information on each webinar and the presenters.

Wed 3 March 2021 (7.30pm) – The Truth about Confidence with Jules Wyman
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Sat 20 March 2021 (2pm) – Staying True to Yourself with Ashley Kovacs
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Wed 31 March 2021 (7pm) – Introduction to being a Team Coach with Alison Potts, Lorraine Shaw, Jo Jennings and Charlotte Fisher
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Wed 14 April 2021 (7pm) – Letting Your Light Shine: growth mindset and banishing imposter syndrome with Donna Herdsman
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Jules Wyman

The Truth about Confidence with Jules Wyman
Wednesday 3 March 2021 (7-8.30pm)

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Jules is a Confidence Coach, speaker and author who works with everyone – individuals to corporations. In her own words, Jules says “Throughout our lives we are led to believe that having an education, getting the right job, finding the right partner, living in the right place, having enough money and looking the right way is all we need to have confidence. And yet, the majority of top executives cite increased self-belief and confidence as the number one reason for wanting coaching. How confident do you ‘really feel’ in your professional and personal life? Are you someone who relishes challenges, floats through life with ease, grabbing opportunities as they come. Or have you learnt to fake it? Pretending to feel confident whilst squirming on the inside. Perhaps you simply avoid situations that make you uncomfortable or afraid? Confidence, or rather the lack of it, can and does show up in a variety of guises creating discomfort, stress, unhappiness, depression and the sense of feeling stuck. So, whether it’s assertiveness, dealing with change, being able to say no, not worrying about what others think, dealing with your own self-doubts – they all link back to confidence. The good news is that confidence is always there. It’s just recognizing what is getting in the way & learning how to access it. I work with you to help you create REAL confidence, that impacts every area of your life”.

Following this webinar, Jules will be providing four further group coaching sessions for our Women in Coaching participants to continue with their journey to finding their own self confidence.

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Ashley KovacsStaying True to Yourself with Ashley Kovacs
Saturday 20 March 2021 (2pm-3pm)

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Described as smart, determined, knowledgeable and simply one of the best in her field, Ashley Kovacs has done what many track & field coaches aspire to do. Ashley is the coach to the 2019 World Champion in the men’s shot put plus she was the men’s coach for Team USA at the 2019 IAAF World Championships. Joe Kovacs’ 22.91m final throw at those world championships was a combination of hard work and incredible focus driven by Ashley and her insatiable drive to win. Her record speaks for itself and Ashley will be speaking with us about how she maintains that focus and how she continues to beat the path of success for her collegiate athletes and senior international stars whilst staying true to herself.

Stats:  1 World Champion – 1 Continent Champion – 2 World Championship Qualifiers – 1 NCAA Champion – 53 National points – 12 First Team All-Americans – 23 NCAA Appearances – 20 B1G Conference Top 3 Finishes – 12 B1G Conference Champions – 2 B1G Conference Records – 1 Athlete on the Bowerman Watchlist – 4 School Records – 2 B1G Conference Athlete of the Year – 2 B1G Conference Athlete of the Championship – 2 USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year Honours – 2 USTFCCCA Regional Coach of the Year Honours – 2 Masters Degrees – 10years of full-time Division I experience.

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Introduction to being a Team Coach with Alison Potts, Lorraine Shaw, Jo Jennings and Charlotte Fisher
Wednesday 31 March 2021 (7pm-8.30pm)

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Join Alison Potts (England Athletics Competition Events Manager), Lorraine Shaw (Former UK Women’s Hammer Record Holder & Elite Coach), Charlotte Fisher (Coach, Co-founder of Instigo Coaching and former England Athletics Road Running Manager) and Jo Jennings (two time Olympian, Commonwealth Games silver medallist and former Development Manager for British Athletics) who will be speaking about the roles of Team Coach and Team Manager.

Alison has been a member of England Athletics Team Management since 2013. After being team staff on two Commonwealth Games, two Commonwealth Youth Games and numerous domestic and international team competitions, Alison’s can fully attest to the hard work and dedication it takes to running a successful team.

Lorraine Shaw has been described as an excellent Team Coach. She is able to call on her experience as an elite hammer coach combined with her experience as a seasoned international athlete having competed at 11 major international championships including 2 Olympics and 4 Commonwealth Games where she has won a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.

Charlotte Fisher is a level 4 middle distance coach who has Team Coach experience at the Commonwealth Games as well as World and European Cross-Country Championships. She is able to combine her extensive experience working within England Athletics with over 25 years coaching experience to support athletes at international competition.

Jo Jennings has been both Team Coach and Team Manager at several international championships from age group to senior level. She brings her lived experience at the highest levels of our sport with her passion for supporting and developing our athletes so that they can perform at their best.

The panel will discuss the work that goes into being a Team Coach, some of the logistics needed as Team Management and the dedication and problem solving skills required to support an entire team at competition. As Alison says “I have been to some amazing places and had the privilege of meeting some fantastic people. It can be stressful and exhausting but I have loved every second of it.”

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Donna HerdsmanLetting Your Light Shine – growth mindset and banishing imposter syndrome with Donna Herdsman
Wednesday 14 April 2021 (7pm-8.30pm)

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Donna Herdsman is an award-winning professional services executive & mentor who provides diversity and inclusion advice and support to as well as one to one career coaching. Donna has over 35 years’ experience as a management consultant and specialises in helping clients realise the business benefits from transforming their business and their technologies. Her career has included working in companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and at London the Borough of Lambeth. Donna was also IBM’s Executive Partner Chair of the UK&I Ethnicity Leadership Team.

In her first webinar, Letting your Light Shine, Donna will be exploring the importance of recognising that your journey, being better tomorrow than you are today, is a lifelong commitment to being the best you can be. She will also focus on how to recognise that we all suffer at some time from imposter syndrome, but our collective responsibility is to push through to ensure that limiting beliefs, ours and others, do not define who we are now or in the future.

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Other training sessions

This is an ongoing programme where we will invite a variety of speakers over the coming months. Other confirmed speakers include Paula Dunn MBE, Kelly Sotherton MBE, Donna Fraser MBE & Shani Palmer.