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Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 14!

Posted: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:41

Northants Girls Can Coach - Week 14!

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 14 - Katie Moore!

Katie Moore is a UKCC Level 2 Freelance horse riding coach and instructor. She offers private tuition to those owning their own horses and is also based at Holcot Riding School in Northampton. Here she provides private and group tuition to both adults and children from beginners to advanced horse riders.

How did you get into coaching?

I had a love of horses from a very young age and started volunteering at a local riding school. Coaching was never something I thought I would get into but it slowly became a natural progression from a volunteer groom into a life long career. Once you are passionate about something, coaching becomes so much easier.

Did you come across any barriers to becoming a coach? If so, how did you overcome them? I think the biggest barrier for me as a coach, is a mental barrier at times. When you start to coach people who are more accomplished in that sport than you are. It is inevitable that this happens, but I have to remind myself that I can still contribute to their learning and progression and that I am helping to develop a great horse rider!

What do you think the best thing is about coaching?

The best thing for me is seeing people grow in confidence and want to improve themselves. Being around horses is so rewarding. I am developing and learning as a coach all the time by the experiences I have when coaching. For most people sport is a way of keeping fit, but it is also a bit of down time from daily life. Coaching improves people's confidence and wellbeing, and by being a coach hopefully you are helping to improve your participants lifestyle.

What are your coaching aspirations for the future?

I have a keen interest in Mary Wanless techniques, which encourages horse riders to become so much more aware of their body and using other sports like Pilates to build core strength - I would love to further my coaching experiences by attending her courses but my biggest aspiration has to be, to one day run my own riding school - I have given it a name already, it's just having the courage to take the next step!

I had a break from coaching in my mid twenties, went into an office job and at that time I started to raise my family. Now I'm in my thirties, coaching can fit around my family's life but getting back into it initially felt a little daunting, however updating my coaching qualifications was a great way to give me the confidence I needed as well as updating my coaching skills and knowledge. All of my previous qualifications were specific to horse riding whereas the UKCC courses develop you as a coach. Which Is a great way to open up other coaching opportunities.

Has this inspired you to become a coach? Then check our Northamptonshire Sport's new programme - Northants Girls Can Coach! We can help support you to realise your coaching potential!!

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 14!

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