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Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 11!

Posted: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:30

Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 11!

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 our Female Priority Coach Scholarship; every week we are releasing profiles of female Northamptonshire Coaches to inspire other women to get involved!!

Week 11 - Claire Stancliffe!!

Northamptonshire Sport Coach and two time Deaflympian, Claire Stancliffe is our Northants Girl that Can Coach for the end of March! Claire participates at an international level in Football but in terms of coaching, she focusses on:football, multiskills, tri-golf and archery! Claire is a Level 2 FA Football Coach and also has a BSc Hons in Sport and Physical Education.

What do you currently coach?

I currently coach multi skills and a variety of after school clubs in primary schools every week.

How did you get into coaching?

I was rather lucky to have been contacted by another coach who offered me some work experience. They knew how much I loved football so it was a really eye opener and I really enjoyed it. From then on, I attended many coaching courses and now do it as my job.

Did you come across any barriers to becoming a coach?

I have come across many especially as I am deaf. Communication has been a big issue in terms of coaching courses as I don't always pick everything up so I have to do a lot of homework to keep up. In the past, it was very difficult to fund courses as I was a student at university. Now it's much easier thanks to my employers and the coaching scholarships they offer.

What do you think the best thing is about coaching?

Seeing the children enjoying themselves whilst learning. What could be better than a child wanting to learn and having a smile on their face at the same time?

What are your coaching aspirations for the future?

I would love to coach full time and hopefully one day, when I retire from playing football, I would like to be a member of the coaching staff for Great Britain Deaf Women's football squad!

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.

For more information, please click here:

Or contact Coach Development Officer, Lucy Alexander at lalexander@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 11!

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