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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!

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 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.


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


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