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1 Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation Lynne Tinsley Insight Manager

2 Opinion Leader 2011 © 2 Introduction The problem Womens participation in sport and physical activity has declined over the last four years There is a significant gender gap in the level of participation between men and women at all levels of participation Yet 54% of women (almost 12 million) say they would like to do more sport and physical activity than they do at the moment As 51% of the population, it is vital that sports deliverers engage with the female market more effectively to drive up participation Coaches play a really important role in overcoming the problem Much of our research shows that coaches play an absolutely fundamental role in womens experience of sport – at both elite and participation ends of the spectrum. We believe coaches have a huge opportunity to create the right environment to attract and retain more women in sport!

3 Contents 1.A bit about WSFF 2.Coaching high performance women 3.Coaching women in informal settings 4.The ideal sports club for women 5.Resources

4 A bit about WSFF

5 Vision A Nation of Active Women Mission To increase the fitness, health and well-being of women and girls by making physical activity an integral part of their lives

6 Help… Give the customer what she wants

7 Inspire Create a society in which being active is attractive

8 Persuade Develop policies to improve leadership, investment & profile

9 Exercise In pairs or small groups, discuss what you think might be the main motivations women have for participating in sport?

10 Coaching high performance women

11 Everyone is different!

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13 Organised and in control Can be a role model and mentor Supports the individual as an athlete and as a person Highly qualified and continually learning Respects and listens to the athlete Understands what makes the athlete tick Makes training sessions hard, but fun and varied Is committed to the athletes (and teams) goals Has high expectations of the athlete and challenges them Provides regular feedback, both constructive and positive

14 Coaching in informal settings

15 Exercise Thinking back to the original exercise, what do you think the main motivations of women in informal settings might be? How does this impact on the role of the coach?

16 Women described several driving factors for taking part in sport or exercise To be fit, healthy and active Feel good factor To have some me time To improve / personal goals Social reasons Adrenaline rush Health was seen as more important than looks – particularly for older participants Having a sense of achievement by taking part and seeing improvements A break from family life or the routine of work Setting personal objectives of taking up a new hobby or leading a more active life To meet new people in the area or as an activity to take part in with friends To get a buzz from taking part (although more so for men than women)

17 © 17 Despite different attainment levels, participants wanted the sessions to all be about... FUN Meeting people / socialising Doing something active A motivating atmosphere An inclusive environment Simply playing /taking part Friendly and welcoming

18 Opinion Leader 2011 © 18 For these participants, taking part in this environment was not.... Being part of a club or team Clubs were often perceived negatively by participants, for example: commitment, achieving and maintaining a high standard of skill, training and fitness sessions and competition, as apposed to just taking part and playing games. Commitment (time or money) Women who had children or those who worked shifts found it difficult to commit to doing exercise regularly because of other obligations. Participants new to sport were also reluctant to invest money in a gym or club membership until they were sure they would play/take part regularly. A team /other people Participants take part in the sessions for their own enjoyment or to achieve their own goals. It was reassuring to them that if they missed a session they would not let anyone down. Competing in organised competitions Participants enjoy a level of competition within a session through playing, and trying to win games (badminton and football) or beating their own personal best times or distance (running). However formal or organised competition or tournaments were unappealing.

19 Opinion Leader 2011 © 19 And they would be put off if it became about... Being shouted at or corrected constantly Linked to the above. Singling participants out by shouting or correcting them in front of the group was intimidating and off putting. Particularly important for entry level or returners who acknowledge that they may have low levels of skill but simply enjoy taking part. Having your performance judged This was particularly a concern for entry level or returners, whose goals for playing the sport were about taking part, being fit and active and seeing personal improvement. Judgement from other participants or coaches goes against these goals. Young, fit, skilled, and stylish people only It was important to all participants that the sessions were very inclusive and welcomed people of all ages and ability. Not needing to invest in expensive equipment or kit made sessions appealing. Not everyone coming along to the group is there to try and win the race, that for a lot of people the important thing is that they have actually got off their backsides and got there, which is an achievement in itself (London, Running)

20 Opinion Leader 2011 © 20 What is in a name? Throughout the research, the term coach was used interchangeably with other names when respondents referred to the person running an informal sport session. The person organising and running the session Across all groups, respondents were looking for similar qualities from this person, regardless of what term they were referred to.

21 Opinion Leader 2011 © 21 Participants want the coach to be.....

22 Opinion Leader 2011 © 22 The coach is there to help you participate in a way you couldnt do or wouldnt do alone This is achieved through: Participants felt that the coach played a fundamental role in creating the right environment and atmosphere – so displaying the kinds of qualities above is important in retaining people in sessions Organisation Grouping people to play/run together of similar level Being on time and in a regular slot Has a structure /route planned out Motivation Encourages you to go further/ faster / improve skill Uses own experience to show they understand how you feel Support Offers advice about injury/stretching/rules of the game Welcomes you back if youve missed a session or two Understands your goals and reasons for attending

23 Opinion Leader 2011 © 23 The role of the coach in these sessions is critical to participants enjoyment of the session Participants are unlikely to return if they have a negative view of the coach Coaching is associated with performing drills and skills sessions – people just want the coach to facilitate the game or session But the coach should be able to provide guidance, hints and tips when asked The coach should not actually coach! Beyond this, the role of the coach is to support, motivate and create the correct kind of environment for participants (friendly, fun and easy-going) The primary role of the coach in these sessions is to organise and coordinate – to get sessions set up, start and finish on time, ensure equipment is provided and ensure people are matched with correct ability levels I come back because I like my coach Running, London

24 Opinion Leader 2011 © 24 Dos and don'ts for coaches Youve got to be really talkative and very clear... And also good at listening too. (Badminton leader, level 1 experience) Coaches should not ×Single people out ×Be badly organised ×Be inexperienced in the sport ×Patronise ×Push people too hard beyond their level ×Be judgemental or impatient ×Be too strict or intimidating Coaches should Take an individual approach Listen Understand a persons ability Demonstrate Participate Give people advice (with appropriate tone) Be passionate about (and skilled in) the sport Be motivational and enthusiastic Plan sessions in advance Be on time Keep the group organised Lead warm-up and warm-downs

25 The ideal club for women

26 Exercise What do you think is the most important feature of a sports club, for women?

27 Its all about people Sports clubs are evaluated in terms of the positive environment built by the people at the club, rather than by any other features of the club (its facilities, for example). Coaches play a fundamental role not only in their own relationship with participants, but in creating the right environment for women to participate in.

28 All of the people involved in the club contribute to developing a positive environment Like-minded people Coaches Committee staff Women commonly talked about the importance of their relationships with other members – but their relationships with coaches and committee staff at the club were also fundamentally important. Everyone involved with the club contributes to building a positive environment – which was by far the main thing that kept women coming back to their club.

29 Members The ideal club is a place to meet and socialise with like- minded people. They are friendly and of various ages, abilities and standards. Coaches Coaches are absolutely fundamental to the experience of the club. Coaches are qualified but more importantly they are, friendly and inclusive, enthusiastic, encouraging and approachable Committee staff Committees in the ideal sports club are representative of all members, open, approachable and trying to do the best for the club. The people make the club Current members say that their loyalty to the club is driven by the group of people at the club over any other factor. For non- members, the opportunity to participate with like-minded women is a key driver.

30 In their own words, women say that at the ideal sports club there should be: [Coaches who are] approachable, friendly, encouraging, organised, committed to the team/sport, understanding but touch on his/her players. Lots of friendly like minded women. Coaches who are friendly and inclusive [Coaches who are] open, friendly, enthusiastic, competitive, fun. [Committee staff] who represent everyone from all parts of a club, old and young. [Committee staff who] have the wishes of the members in mind.

31 Over to you…. Sharing examples of best practice…

32 Resources

33 informal-sport-research-report

34 female-high-performance-athletes

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36 Online toolkit to help you design and deliver Designed with you in mind Free to download Interactive and user friendly Ultimate sports kit for women

37 Website: Contact:


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