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Female Coach Legacy Programme 2012-13

FCLP 2012-13

British Athletics and the Women in  Coaching Advisory Group have now completed the first year of the Female Coach Legacy Programme and are implementing the second year of the programme with a new group of coaches.  Here is what a few of last years coaches had to say about their experience on the programme:
Sharon Morris
I applied to be a part of the FCLP as I thought this would aid my development and goal to develop my athletes to senior/international level and become a role model for female coaches.  I was overjoyed about being selected on the programme and excited about the progress I would make as a coach.  I am always willing to development myself and to learn from others.  When the group of coaches were announced on the programme it was great that I knew most of them, so it made it a lot easier for me to know that I was amongst coaches who were passionate about coaching and had proven track record of success with developing athletes.  After every workshop I have left feeling enthusiastic.  The networking sessions I have found particularly valuable, and we have kept in touch with each other and shared ideas, and most importantly we have continued to support each other, we are like a new family.  I have been so grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to supporting other female coaches in the future.
Sharon Morris ~ October 2013
Lynn Hay
I applied for the programme last year on impulse.  I really wanted to coach an athlete through to international competition and it all seemed a bit daunting.  Could I really take an athlete through to elite level? Have I got the knowledge? Would I let the athlete down? I felt that as this initiative was aimed at women it would give me the additional skills I would need to make the transition in a more supportive environment than the usual male dominated courses.
I was apprehensive about meeting the other coaches and thought I may be out of my depth but was delighted to have been accepted on FCLP and was excited about the learning opportunity in front of me. As the course progressed the group became more open with each other and although we didn't always agree I felt my opinions were listened to and respected, not something I was used to feeling very often on courses, this is something that I know other female coaches will resonate with. In those few, too short, weekends I gained not only invaluable knowledge about coaching practice, anatomy, biomechanics and sports medicine but an insight into what it really means to have a good support network.  I now have coaching friends that I know I can get in touch with about anything, nothing will be considered too trivial - a support network I can really trust.
Before attending FCLP I thought that I was pretty good at reading information and sorting out what was relevant but......I wasn't!!! The programme has made me really think about the content of what I read and to consider the bias of the author and myself.   This critical thinking has even impacted on my personal life - to be honest it's a bit of a nuisance sometimes, something that should be straight forward is now analysed and dissected. 
We had some wonderful successful  coaches who spoke to us about their coaching lives.  All very diverse but all were inspiring and all had a love of the sport.  FCLP has made me much more confident about my abilities and I am able to put my knowledge and skills into perspective.  I was made to question and justify my decisions, and although I knew that I ought to reflect on my coaching sessions I rarely found the time, I now see it as good practice and in fact it saves time.  
Lynn Hay ~ October 2013
Alison Allee
I decided to apply for the first year of the programme on reading the prospectus.  What was to be offered sounded just what I was looking for to increase my coaching skills and I liked the idea of learning alongside other female coaches.  I cannot really remember what I initially expected from the programme.  What I thought I wanted at the start has been changed by what I experienced so much.  I feel that I now have a much wider perspective on what it means to be a coach and also my expectations of my own development as a coach.
The programme content has widened my outlook in many ways.  For a start we looked at many different sports, not just athletics and listened to the experiences of other coaches, sports leaders and professionals whilst examining our own practice.  I now feel more confident with my knowledge and practice.  I have learnt to take a step back from what I am doing and evaluate the outcomes.  Reflective practice was the key concept of the course and I now find this embedded into my coaching practice and my approach to my athletes and to other coaches.  I very much enjoyed the extended learning, reading academic articles and papers relating to sports research.  The tutor was very knowledgeable and widely read and led us down avenues we would not otherwise have ventured within. We covered musculoskeletal anatomy, functional movement, public speaking, debating and nutrition among many other subject areas, exploring traditional and contemporary approaches.  
One of the most enriching part of the course was the interaction with the other women on the course.  We supported and encouraged each other during the difficult and soul searching questions the tutor threw at us and it was good to hear another’s perspective on a variety of ideas as well has how they applied good practice to the events they coached.  What we did and experienced during our weekend workshops made us examine ourselves, our practice and our knowledge so deeply it was, at times very emotional.  We all drew on each other’s strengths and got to understand each other quite well.   I have gained much from taking part in the programme including a network of supporting colleagues.
Lastly I feel quite envious of those who will be applying and embarking on the next stage of the programme.  I wish I could do it all again.
Alison Allee ~ October 2013

British Athletics and the Women in  Coaching Advisory Group have now completed the first year of the Female Coach Legacy Programme and are implementing the second year of the programme with a new group of coaches.  Here is what a few of last years coaches had to say about their experience on the programme:

Sharon Morris

I applied to be a part of the FCLP as I thought this would aid my development and goal to develop my athletes to senior/international level and become a role model for female coaches.  I was overjoyed about being selected on the programme and excited about the progress I would make as a coach.  I am always willing to development myself and to learn from others.  When the group of coaches were announced on the programme it was great that I knew most of them, so it made it a lot easier for me to know that I was amongst coaches who were passionate about coaching and had proven track record of success with developing athletes.  After every workshop I have left feeling enthusiastic.  The networking sessions I have found particularly valuable, and we have kept in touch with each other and shared ideas, and most importantly we have continued to support each other, we are like a new family.  I have been so grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to supporting other female coaches in the future.

Sharon Morris ~ October 2013

Lynn Hay

I applied for the programme last year on impulse.  I really wanted to coach an athlete through to international competition and it all seemed a bit daunting.  Could I really take an athlete through to elite level? Have I got the knowledge? Would I let the athlete down? I felt that as this initiative was aimed at women it would give me the additional skills I would need to make the transition in a more supportive environment than the usual male dominated courses.

I was apprehensive about meeting the other coaches and thought I may be out of my depth but was delighted to have been accepted on FCLP and was excited about the learning opportunity in front of me. As the course progressed the group became more open with each other and although we didn't always agree I felt my opinions were listened to and respected, not something I was used to feeling very often on courses, this is something that I know other female coaches will resonate with. In those few, too short, weekends I gained not only invaluable knowledge about coaching practice, anatomy, biomechanics and sports medicine but an insight into what it really means to have a good support network.  I now have coaching friends that I know I can get in touch with about anything, nothing will be considered too trivial - a support network I can really trust.
Before attending FCLP I thought that I was pretty good at reading information and sorting out what was relevant but......I wasn't!!! The programme has made me really think about the content of what I read and to consider the bias of the author and myself.   This critical thinking has even impacted on my personal life - to be honest it's a bit of a nuisance sometimes, something that should be straight forward is now analysed and dissected. 
We had some wonderful successful  coaches who spoke to us about their coaching lives.  All very diverse but all were inspiring and all had a love of the sport.  FCLP has made me much more confident about my abilities and I am able to put my knowledge and skills into perspective.  I was made to question and justify my decisions, and although I knew that I ought to reflect on my coaching sessions I rarely found the time, I now see it as good practice and in fact it saves time.  

Lynn Hay ~ October 2013

Alison Allee

I decided to apply for the first year of the programme on reading the prospectus.  What was to be offered sounded just what I was looking for to increase my coaching skills and I liked the idea of learning alongside other female coaches.  I cannot really remember what I initially expected from the programme.  What I thought I wanted at the start has been changed by what I experienced so much.  I feel that I now have a much wider perspective on what it means to be a coach and also my expectations of my own development as a coach.
The programme content has widened my outlook in many ways.  For a start we looked at many different sports, not just athletics and listened to the experiences of other coaches, sports leaders and professionals whilst examining our own practice.  I now feel more confident with my knowledge and practice.  I have learnt to take a step back from what I am doing and evaluate the outcomes.  Reflective practice was the key concept of the course and I now find this embedded into my coaching practice and my approach to my athletes and to other coaches.  I very much enjoyed the extended learning, reading academic articles and papers relating to sports research.  The tutor was very knowledgeable and widely read and led us down avenues we would not otherwise have ventured within. We covered musculoskeletal anatomy, functional movement, public speaking, debating and nutrition among many other subject areas, exploring traditional and contemporary approaches.  
One of the most enriching part of the course was the interaction with the other women on the course.  We supported and encouraged each other during the difficult and soul searching questions the tutor threw at us and it was good to hear another’s perspective on a variety of ideas as well has how they applied good practice to the events they coached.  What we did and experienced during our weekend workshops made us examine ourselves, our practice and our knowledge so deeply it was, at times very emotional.  We all drew on each other’s strengths and got to understand each other quite well.   I have gained much from taking part in the programme including a network of supporting colleagues.
Lastly I feel quite envious of those who will be applying and embarking on the next stage of the programme.  I wish I could do it all again.

Alison Allee ~ October 2013

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