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.

Guest Blog: Women in Coaching: Empowering and mentoring

Rowing Ireland together with Sport Northern Ireland and Reach, held a weekend of women in coaching empowerment and development. The initiation of the event commenced last February when Rowing Ireland held a woman in rowing workshop in Co. Kildare. As a result of this event, the outputs suggested that women in the sport of rowing in Ireland needed more empowerment and mentoring in order to transition our numbers from the water onto the bank and into club committee’s and boardrooms. The weekend began at Portadown Boat Club, Co. Armagh where eight coaches took part in the mentoring day. The women who attended were from all parts of the six counties and they were facilitated and encouraged by Ol…

Meet the amazing female run leaders from Dunstable Road Runners

As part of the women and coaching project: Reach into teamBEDS&LUTON, the County Sport Partnersh…

What makes a good coach?

BBC 5Live’s Afternoon Edition – with Sarah Brett and Nihal Arthanayake – featured a two part program…


Have a look through stories from female coaches . . .

Project 500: Pure Inspiration – Debbie’s Story

Reach: Supporting Women in Coaching

Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown
Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown

Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown is the Basketball Senior Head Coach at Clapton Girl’s Academy. Fe, as she’s known to many, is employed by Greenhouse Sports an…

Elan Mon Gilford
Elan Mon Gilford

“I’m always at a club somewhere,” says Elan Mon Gilford as she starts listing her volunteering commitments, which take in lunchtime and after school…

Deb Bashford
Deb Bashford

“I want to use my disability to help others. It’s a key to a door to help people who are struggling.” Debbie Bashford is 46 and lives with a rare spin…

Nicola Stroud

Nicola Stroud has been coaching golf for over 20 years. We found out what motivates the Welsh coach, who was the first female in Europe to graduate fr…

Helen Pollard
Helen Pollard

Helen worked as a qualified teacher for 20 years before opening her own business. She became a cycling instructor in 2014 and said: “it was a natural…

Kirsten Civil
Kirsten Civil

Kirsten coaches people of all ages, from 0-80 plus. As she has always been happiest when being active, particularly outside, Kirsten started coaching…