Role models for women coaches - Ruth's story
Are you passionate about being involved in coaching athletics? Because now is the time to make it happen.
England Athletics are working with local women in local clubs to tell you how they become involved in coaching, what support was given, how they juggle family commitments, and work life.
Bury Athletics Club
Athletics Coach: U15, U13 multi discipline and U17 throws
Ruth says: I qualified as an Athletics Coach in August 2013. I coach the U13 and U15 multi-discipline groups at Bury AC and plan sessions to cover running, jumping, throwing, fitness, strength and conditioning. I also coach 11-16 year olds as part of a joint Manchester (M60) club network specialising in throws with mentoring and support from England Athletics Local Coach Development Programme (LCDP).
My daughter showed an interest in Athletics when she turned 8, I would take her down to our local track and sit in the car reading a book for an hour whilst she trained. In the run up to the 2012 London Olympics the club was becoming busier and the U11 coach asked for some help from parents, I wasn't sure what I could do, I was a little nervous, but I stepped forward and began helping out, mostly crowd control and shoe lace tying at first but with encouragement from the coach and the club I soon became more involved and qualified as a Coaching Assistant and discovered a whole network of support through England Athletics.
The support offered from the course tutors was amazing, workshops were made available locally, together with online learning, my confidence in coaching soared and I soon realised that every opportunity to develop as a coach was available I just had to ask. The Committee and Coaching staff at Bury AC supported me every step of the way.
As well as my coaching I manage a paid job, 2 children, 2 dogs, and a slightly grumpy husband. Planning and delegating is the key, I have learnt that if those around me are given responsibility and are valued it makes it much easier. Believe that you can do it, it’s really empowering as a woman to get involved in athletics and coaching, there's loads of help and support out there and it really does make you feel good about yourself.
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