Women’s Coaching Network Events

England Athletics are looking to create local networks to support female coaches further their development; particularly supporting those with an aspiration of coaching at higher performance levels, whether it be moving from Leadership in Running Fitness to Coach in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant to Athletics Coach or progressing into Event Group coaching. For more information click on links below or contact Sarah Friday at sfriday@englandathletics.org.

CPD for female coaches

Events with a focus on you having practical solutions and actions to have a positive impact on your development and coaching whilst offering supportive environments to help you be the best version of you!

Women in Coaching Programme

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics. The programme focusses 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.

The programme acts as an umbrella under which three key issues will be addressed:

  • Provide a network/support system for women in athletics.
  • Provide upskilling opportunities for female participants.
  • Addressing the issues that have caused the gender imbalance within specific areas of our sport (i.e. track and field coaching).

James Hudson

Online sessions

You can watch these sessions again via Athletics Hub (type “women” into the keyword search).

  • Eating around your menstrual cycle – Getting the most from your female body (James Hudson)
    Women are not small men, so they should not eat and train like them. This webinar is devoted to teaching you how to eat specifically for your hormonal profile, so you get the most from your training. In this webinar, James from Nutrition for Energy explains all phases of your cycle. He provides research backed interventions to help you get the most from your female body in each phase. James then converts the science into food by explaining these “interventions” with a day of eating. The second half of this webinar is devoted to explaining two example meal plans showing you how to put his advice into practice. Watch again coming soon.
  • An Evening with Jo Coates. Click to watch again: webinar. Q&A part 1. Q&A part 2.
  • The Truth About Confidence with Jules Wyman. Click to watch again: part 1. part 2.
  • Staying True to Yourself with Ashley Kovacs. Click for more details. Click to watch again: part 1. part 2. part 3. part 4. part 5.
  • Letting Your Light Shine: growth mindset and banishing imposter syndrome with Donna Herdsman. Click for more details. Watch again coming soon.
  • Introduction to being a Team Coach with Alison Potts, Lorraine Shaw, Jo Jennings and Charlotte Fisher. Click for more details. Watch again coming soon.

Session details

Confidence Group Coaching Sessions with Jules Wyman

You can watch these sessions again via Athletics Hub (type “wyman” into the keyword search).

Each session contains 20-30 mins content on a specific theme, followed by practices that you can apply in everyday situations to access even more confidence.

  • What to do when you don’t feel good enough.
  • Removing the confidence killers!
  • What to do when feeling nervous or full of self doubt.
  • Taking confidence to the next level.

Staying True to Yourself with Ashley Kovacs

You can watch these sessions again via Athletics Hub (type “kovacs” into the keyword search).

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 speaks 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.

Donna Herdsman

You can watch these sessions again via Athletics Hub (type “herdsman” into the keyword search).

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.

  • Letting Your Light Shine – growth mindset and banishing imposter syndrome.
  • Microagressions – what they are and understanding how they impact you and the options you have for dealing with them.
  • Going Further Together – mentors, sponsors, networks and asking for help are tools to support your continued excellence.

Introduction to being a Team Coach with Alison Potts, Lorraine Shaw, Jo Jennings and Charlotte Fisher

Join Alison Potts (England Athletics Competition Events Manager), Lorraine Shaw (Former UK Women’s Hammer Record Holder and 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 Potts 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 Youth Games, U18 & U23 Europeans and also the IAAF World Half Marathon plus numerous England road running and cross-country competitions. 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 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.”