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Take the Lead was set out to address the shortfall of women in leadership and coaching roles within Leicestershire and Rutland.

Women in targeted areas, from specific communities and particular sports were invited to join the programme, gain confidence and acquire a range of qualifications.

We are currently working with 25 local women from diverse backgrounds to provide local opportunities and to become leaders and activators.

Several are from Running Clubs and would like to alter the balance of leadership in Running Clubs where the vast majority of leaders are male. They all will be supported to take a Leadership in Running Fitness Course. One woman would like to be a Nordic Walking instructor, another would like to take a level 2 Athletics Coach qualification. Courses in hockey, netball, dance and football are also being accessed.

Many of the women will be taking 'minimum operating standards' courses like Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Emergency First Aid and Equity in Your Coaching. Others will be looking at How to Deliver Engaging Sessions and Fundamentals of Movement.

We are keen to develop an ongoing relationship with our Take the Lead recruits and to follow them as they encourage many more women to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Check back later for more information on the Programme and meet our local Take the Lead Coaches!


Take The Lead Blog

Biggest turn out yet! 12 of us, plus 2 pushchairs!

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:10

12 walk/jog/runners, plus two happy boys in buggies, took on a meet-and-retreat session around the Barton road/Manor road circuit this week.

High fives ‚úč upon meeting your partner half way, then 'retreating' back the way you just came until you meet your... Read More »


Supporting women into coaching

Despite making up 51% of the general public, women's participation is sport is significantly lower at 31%. There is some correlation between this figure and the number of coaches who are female; 30% of the workforce and just 17% of the workforce with coaching qualifications.

By the time you get to the top of the pyramid and Team GB just 10% of the coaches are women. There is a general lack of coaches so if we can encourage women down this path all sport stands to benefit and women's participation rates ought to rise.


Reach

Reach 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. Find out more at the links below.

Partners

  • Sport England
    Rutland County Council
    Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Blaby District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Age UK L&R
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • County Sport Network
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Loughborough University
    Melton Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Leicester City Council
    Safeguarding
    East Midlands Platform

Partners

  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby District Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Harborough District Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Sport England
  • Rutland County Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • County Sport Network
    QUEST
  • Melton Borough Council
    Loughborough University
  • Age UK L&R
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Safeguarding