is a national campaign run by sports coach UK and supported by many sports organisations around the UK. This campaign is focusing on inspiring more women to get into coaching. We also want to make sure that once you are coaching, you are fully supported by the people you coach for, so you stay coaching and stay motivated.

Within our local communities there are women who are natural influencers – we all know the kind of person – they are the ones who will phone up to invite us out, or send a group text around to see if anyone wants tickets for the upcoming Take That tour. I know you have someone in mind right now. That someone might even be you!

Coaching is about helping people of all ages and abilities to get active, stay active and get better while being active. To do this you need a great set of interpersonal skills to which will bring out the best in everyone taking part in your session. Of course, you want to learn more about how to coach and how you can develop yourself. Reach can help with that. Have a look at the information below and learn how you can get started, who you need to contact, and what you need to know. Also you can hear from women all around the UK who have done just that.

Navigate down the page to find a host of information that will help you either get started in the coaching family or continue along the path within our community. It’s great to have you onboard!

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What is coaching?

Coaches help people of different ages and abilities to develop and improve within sport and activity. To learn more about coaching read on……

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Is coaching for me?

Sports organisations around the UK are working very hard to get more women into sport and coaching. Women and girls need role models to show them that they can be more active – this is where you come in!

Discover coaching

New to coaching? Sports Coach UK has created a fun, self-paced, online short course you can dip into at a time to suit you.

Where do I start?

So you want to try coaching? That’s great. What do you need to do next?

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Connected Coaches

You can’t get away with coach talk 24/7 with family and friends, but you can come to ConnectedCoaches to discuss whatever’s on your mind – a challenging parent, a player who turns up late, how to engage those who seem disinterested etc – whenever you like.

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Where can I access funding as a coach?

Do you want to learn more about what funding is available to you to help you develop as a coach?

More Women Better Coaching
So many women already coach others in their daily lives - in work, at home or with friends and they simply don't realise what a small step it would be to become a sports coach.

Coaching not only brings benefits to athletes and players but it also brings great satisfaction to coaches, who realise their own potential by helping others realise theirs.

Rugby Football League – women in coaching project

Reach and RFL – ‘meet and greet’ sessions. Working in conjunction with Reach, the Rugby Football League (RFL) has launched a ‘Women in coaching’ project, to get more women coaching rugby league in community clubs – working in the 7-11 age band – and in turn retain more children playing the sport. The project, which is administered through the RFL’s ‘Primary Rugby League’ programme, has so far targeted the North West of England and was introduced via adverts on their website and at regional club meetings. Surveys were subsequently sent out to those women who expressed an interest in the project – helping the RFL to better understand their philosophy and motivations for wanting to get involved…

Blog: Sarah’s park run – a different view of coaching

Sarah takes a selfie on her parkrun. A couple of months ago I moved house, moved area, and  took the…

Volunteer swimming coach receives Reach recognition for 15 years’ service

Reach and Sport Northern Ireland have recognised Norma Munn’s outstanding contribution to Ards Swimm…


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Sam Barlow

Working a busy job, Sam Barlow realised that she was struggling to meet other parents in the playground. She came up with the idea of asking other mum…

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Helen Hughes

When trying to find a Zumba class in Liverpool to help her get exercising, Helen couldn’t find one. Eventually she found a class on the Wirral and beg…

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Hannah Vines

Hannah’s journey into coaching came as a result of being an accomplished junior rower. As she progressed into becoming a senior, she often gave help a…

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Elizabeth Wallace

When Elizabeth went part-time at work prior to retiring, she wanted to find an activity that would help her maintain a good level of fitness as she ag…

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Charlotte Pease

Just 23 years old, Charlotte Pease has already been coaching on and off since the age of 14. Charlotte became engaged in sport from a young age becaus…

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Annie Zaidi

If you haven’t heard of Annie Zaidi yet, then trust us when we say it is only a matter of time. Having already won the Helen Rollason Award for Inspir…