Helen Shepherd

Helen Shepherd: SWFC Girls & Women’s Development Officer

  • No. of hours Delivered per week: 7 hours of tennis
  • No. of weeks delivered for: 15
  • No. of participants per session: mixed
  • Helen said: “I gained my tennis level 1 for work so I could assist more sessions.”

My name is Helen Charlotte Shepherd and I am 20 years old. I have worked at the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme as a sports coach since the age of 16 and have many happy years of coaching children and teenagers. From a young age I was always interested in a wide range of sports, participating and watching and I am also a huge Sheffield Wednesday fan.

However, being a sports coach at the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme does not just mean that you have to be a first class football coach you have to have many strings to your bow. I have my level 1&2 football coaching badges as well as my youth modules, I am a basketball activator and when the opportunity arose to gain my tennis qualification I snapped up the chance. I was very wary at the
beginning of the course as I was a beginner at Tennis; however once we started I was fine and really began to enjoy the game and different techniques that were used. Now after successfully passing the course with flying colours I am assisting a higher qualified tennis coach and also leading some of my own “come and play” sessions for the Premier League 4 Sport scheme.

I recently had the opportunity to take 4 children to the Wimbledon Championships with the Premier League 4 Sport scheme and without me gaining my tennis qualification that would have not been possible.

Case study provided by South Yorkshire Sport.