Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 7!
Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:00
Northamptonshire as a county boasts hundreds of inspirational, qualified, active female coaches but this number is still vastly disproportionate to the number of coaches in total currently leading sport in the county.
As part of our #NorthantsGirlsCanCoach campaign, and today in celebration of the launch of our Female Priority Coach Scholarship; every week we are releasing profiles of female Northamptonshire Coaches to inspire other women to get involved!!
Week 7 - Michele Savage!!
Michele is a soon to be a UKCC Level 2 (fully qualified in March and is also a C award umpire. She currently coaches voluntarily at Daventry Jets Junior Netball Club the age range is from 8 to 16. They have two teams that currently play in the Cherwell and Brackley League on a Sunday but due to club growth next season they will have three teams!
How did you get into coaching?
I have always played and been involved in Netball and I went to a back to netball session at Moulton College where I met Kelly Walker. My 9 year old daughter then became interested in playing so I asked Kelly about local Junior clubs. We went along to the first session at Daventry Leisure Centre on a Thursday night over a year ago. It was while watching the girls play at club that I decided that I would like to get involved in coaching.
Did you come across any barriers to becoming a coach?
My biggest hurdle in becoming a coach was finding a course that was not too far away from Northamptonshire and as soon as possible. If you want to do something badly enough there is always a way!
The best thing about coaching is passing on my knowledge and seeing the girls develop their skills and really enjoy the game. Where ever I have moved I have always found a netball team to play in. The girls that I teach will be able to play Netball no matter where they are and no matter what level they reach.
What are your coaching aspirations for the future?
My aspirations are to grow Daventry Jets as a club and keep passing on my passion for Netball. As a coach you can never stop learning and I'm really interested in the psychology of sport and tactical play so I'm considering taking this further to keep learning.
I [wish I] had taken up coaching years ago because I love it!
Northamptonshire Sport launched Northants Girls Can Coach at the beginning of January 2016 to encourage and support more women into coaching. If you would like to get involved, please see our Northants Girls Can Coach pages.
Support will include:
- A 'Come Into Coaching session that took place on 27th January 2016. This workshop was offered free of charge for all aspiring female coaches and any women and girls that would like to learn a little more about what being a sports coach is all about.
- A Female themed Coach Scholarship round in February (NOW OPEN!!) and a
- Female Coaching Forum on 24th May 2016 offering a networking and training opportunity to female coaches across the county regardless of current level or experience.
From this Northamptonshire Sport will look to establish a network of female coaches in the county, providing ongoing support via an online platform and annual meetings.
This programme will look to inspire and enthuse women from all backgrounds, whether they have thought about coaching in the past or not. It is just one of the ways Northamptonshire Sport are trying to break down the current barriers to more women becoming sports coaches.
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Or contact Coach Development Officer, Lucy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org