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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

We're giving something back

We're giving something back

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:33 by Natalia Marshall

Hi All. Some really great news for you... Sharon Tait recently took part in an interview for the Woman and Home magazine about her role as a volunteer and the running groups she leads.

Its a brilliant article and it's in the August edition which is on sale... Read More »

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

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:10 by MRS Nichola Clooney

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


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