Thanks to the scheme I was able to complete my level two certificate in netball coaching. I did have previous experience of coaching football at a basic level (level one coaching certificate) but I had not actively coached for a number of years. Completing the qualification has allowed me to coach at least once a week and has increased my understanding of a sport that I love to play.
Whilst I would love to make a career out of coaching it is unlikely. I do work full time in a very different sector, so at the moment I am enjoying coaching recreationally. I love leading the back to netball sessions but have also started coaching at a ‘next steps’ session which allows me to stretch my skills and coach the next level of competitor. I enjoy having this variety.
The This Girl Can campaign has been fantastic. I am a very active girl who does not have an athletic build and sport and exercise to me is all about getting involved, getting sweaty and staying motivated. I think it has really encouraged a lot of women to stay motivated and to realise that being active can be fun, it doesn’t have to be serious or painful!
I do think more people have been encouraged to try sport but I don’t think this is solely down to all female sessions. I also think it is due to the increased volume of sessions which has made participation more accessible. In saying that, I think the all female aspect of the sessions has encouraged more ladies to take part as it has nurtured a sense of camaraderie. In a nutshell I think a variety of factors have contributed to an increase in participation.
I have had a lot of feedback about how much people enjoy the sessions. I would like to extend the sessions to make them a little longer, or look to introduce new sessions in the same area on different nights/ Saturday mornings.
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