Since the London 2012 Olympic Games, there has been a huge amount of media interest in women’s sports around the World. With the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Serena Williams dominating the Tennis Headlines and the birth of the women’s Tour de France in Cycling, it is clear that the thirst for women’s sport grows greater every year. However, amongst all this progression, there remains a fight which we are yet to conquer…the lack of female coaches and leaders in sport.
Whilst 2015 has brought about some high profile female coaching success stories (such as Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman being appointed as the first female Assistant Coaches in the NBA, Justine Siegal being appointed as a coach in the MLB and Jen Welter being employed as a pre-season coach in the NFL) the overall figures remain woeful. In June 2015, the Tucker Centre at the University of Minnesota, USA, released official figures stating that the number of women coaching women’s sport in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) had dropped from 90% in 1972 to just 40% in 2015, the International Council for Coaching Excellence reported that only 11% of coaches at the London 2012 Olympic Games were female and only 20% of state coaching positions are held by women in Australia (according to the Australian Sports Commission). It is clear that this issue of a lack of female coaches is worldwide problem affecting all sports at all levels.
The Female Coaching Network (FCN), an independent coaching organisation, launched in 2014, that aims to provide a solution to the lack of women who coach. By creating a network of female coaches, governing bodies and sports federations around the World, the FCN aims to raise the profile, number and standard of female coaches through their online network.
The FCN offers a unique way to showcase the talents of a diverse range of female coaches from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and sports. With interviews, blogs, news and many more features, thousands of women can share their knowledge & experiences of the ‘coaching life-style’, providing them with the tools to overcome the many barriers to progressing as a coach.
Importantly, this is not about excluding male coaches, this is about creating a community of women who feel empowered, inspired and supported by each other through offering solutions to the unique barriers that women face in sport. The hope is that the creation of this Global community will begin to create better coaching environments for women and start to make a real impact on the number of women who coach.
Watch out for the FCN Ambassadors and the FCN Academy being launched in 2016.
To find out more visit their website: http://www.femalecoachingnetwork.com or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org