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As 2015 comes to an end and we approach the Christmas Holidays, we thought this week would be a great chance to reflect on the positives of 2015 – and what a year it has been! The ‘female coach’ is on the rise and some big names have risen to the top of some big sports. From Jen Welter in the NFL to Becky Hammon and Nancy Lieberman in the NBA and Emma hayes winning the Women’s Super League in the UK, we certainly have a lot to be proud about.
So, with this in mind…we want to know your own greatest coaching achievement of the last 12 months. This could be anything from gaining another qualification, success of a team or athlete you coach, a championship win or simply having a break through with teaching a tactic to your team….let us know and be proud!
Answers from twitter & FCN forum
CarmenP – I coach 7-10 year-old girls in ringette, so any noticeable development and taking it to the next level on their part is an achievement! The biggest challenges with our kids this fall have been passing, defence and skating technique. We have also worked a lot on goaltending. With this age group, the goal position is shared amongst all team members, they aren’t locked in for a few more years. I can say after our last tournament on the weekend, they have definitely made progress. But with any team, it is always a masterpiece in progress.Ah yes, and after this weekend, I will be a certified Level 1 Ringette coach in Finland. Hoping to take it to the next level at some point.
Ute Scholl – Getting 10 primary school children and 15 secondary school students interested in fencing. And to my knowledge they are all still fencing!
Louise – hmmm….I would say growing my team, feeling more confident as a coach and an athlete achieving a PB.
Louisa Arnold – A 2015 highlight is an awesome young lady battling cancer & coaching our juniors even tho she can’t play! #proud
Amy Hollinghsworth – Founding @MaverickFHClub
Coach Kiwi – Not a huge amount done in 2015, tho a participant at a rookie clinic in 2008 said her great kick now is from that back then. So just shows, spend time with the rookies too and they will also develop into the superstars you want. #coachwithpatience
Bianca Thomas – introducing young women to the idea they can be both emotionally healthy and perform well. This to me is really is important.
Shireen Ahmed – Having a young girl (who has little confidence) make that penalty shot in finals and cry from happiness.
Jools Murray – Coaching the GB U23 Men’s team at World Ultimate U23 Championships
Jazz Hervin – Thinking about my long term future in the game. It has to be being appointed Head Coach of Yeovil Dev’ Squad in WSL at 20yrs old. But completing my UEFA B License the way I did, after what happened in my Level 2 in 2012, is something I’m extremely proud of!!
Nyree Hanna – The school team I coached retaining a place in the national secondary schools hockey competition top division #hardworkpaysoff