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Is women’s fitted kit important to you?

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Is women’s fitted kit important to you? 

Whether you are a volunteer at grassroots, or a performance coach at the elite level, a coaches tracksuit is an important piece of kit!  Donning your club colours, proudly displaying your nations flag or simply wearing your favourite tracksuit to a coaching session can be a special thing…but do you often find it difficult to find a tracksuit that is tailored for your female figure?  And are you disappointed when you are presented with a tracksuit and it is a baggy fitting men’s kit?

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 16.55.24This week, we are asking you all about your coaching tracksuit, how important it is to you and if you struggle to find the right one!

  • Do you struggle to find a women’s tailored tracksuit to coach in?
  • Would you be prepared to pay slightly more for a female fitted kit?
  • How important is it women’s tailored tracksuit to your image of professionalism?

 

 

 


 

Answers from social media & FCN Forum 

Kelly Adams – yup- I don’t wanna wear mens clothing-that simple! #appropriate

Sarah McDonald – A shirt is a shirt to me! I have more trouble with women’s kit because they don’t often make active wear for overweight women.

Dani Sweetman – It’s important. I hate how giant the men’s coaches shirts are on me – I feel foolish & unprofessional. Tailored to comfort is key.   If I take it to my local seamstress, yes. Only option really

Natalie Curtis – it makes me feel much more confident when I don’t look like I’m wearing my dad’s clothes!

Priya Samuel – I have struggled to find a pair of tracksuit trs that aren’t lycra or wool #why?

Joy Thomas – Absolutely imperative. You have to look the part. Kids these days look for that in a role model.

Lucy Manley – Important Coaches and their players should have access to women’s kit – improves confidence, looks professional

Pennie Varvarides– personally I generally prefer the men’s kit. Women’s stuff is always too tight, making it hard to actually move in.

Louisa Arnold –  I don’t buy my everyday clothes from the men’s department but I have to in a sports shop

Beckie Hobson –  they should be better choices why should we be limited to what there is

Jean O’Sullivan –  Another aspect women in sport deal with!

Aimee S -it’s the worst getting an ill-fitting uniform! I wouldn’t pay more to get a female cut tracksuit but professionalism is important

Women in Football – This is a theme that came up for many WiFs in our ongoing research into barriers for women in the industry…

Lois Fidler – #UK is playing catch up, there’s a real gap in the market.Female coaches shouldn’t have 2dress like a man 2 fit in #breakthemould 2016 yet still faced with the dilemma.. Am I an Xtra Large Boy or a Medium Man? Either way it’s not the right fit!

Christa Eniojukan – The few female clothing pieces I have I cherish….imagine men were asked to wear smaller clothing…

Carrie Taylor – For me, it’s the men’s cut shorts that drive me crazy. I do like women’s cut coaching items.

Anita Broad – Just qual’d as L2 cricket coach & am disappointed at lack of women’s kit in ECB shop. How are we part of the ‘team’?  Definitely lack of women’s coaching kit. I feel a business coming on FCN!  struggle to find female coaching kit full stop. Just qualified as ECB L2 and where’s the ladies’ coaching kit?  Women’s kit…very important to me!

Joanne Lifford – Wouldn’t want to pay more. Think it’s not professional when it’s all to big or fits badly, when tying to get respect from athletes

Jordon Mann – generic coaching kit is usually for males – I don’t want to wear baggy trousers, long shorts and huge polos shirts!

Coach Meg – Yes! I want to look professional, not homeless!!

JVW Girls Football –  Is important, looking professional (to fit your style) is all part of growing the sport. We have a similar case with women’s kits.

Melissa Hyndman – It’s no secret “you look good, you feel good, you perform good”

Rikki Bingham –  our kit is men’s fit which is so annoying but not something I can control. My secret to feeling womanly at work is nice undies

Jools Murray – It’s important to feel & look professional. Whatever that style is! For me, I don’t want to wear baggy men’s clothes

Claire Robinson – Must admit @NikeUK do have nice female fitted work clothes but other brands I struggle wit sizes & how they can look

Ksnmiyagi MA ‏ -It’s important if you have a tailored body. Some of us older coaches suffer from the post menopausal weight gain & fat shift!

Shireen Ahmed –  I prefer not to wear women’s styles. Very possible to be professional and dedicated without fitted clothing.   Last year the girls got me a kit with ‘COACH’ on back. Was a unisex style. I love it. Can always jazz it up with a fancy hijab.

Ute Scholl – A sore topic for me. If you compare men’s and women’s kit the men’s kit is usual much more functional and better quality. The same applies to shoes. For that reason I usually go for the men’s gear to get better quality for the price I pay.
Fortunately for taichi the silk suits are tailored: looks very profesional and makes me feel well as they are smart and very comfortable.
I am interesting to see what other female coaches have to say about the topic.

  1. Ruth Nicholson

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    The dilemma I have with men’s kits is the cut. I am 5’2″ with a substantial bustline. If I get the kit in a size that will button or zip over my chest, the arms are long enough to reach to my knees. It is challenging to look professional when your jacket is gaping open or your sleeves are rolled up just so you can find your hands. Women’s cuts are important.

  2. Natalie Maclean

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    I am constantly trying to purchase decent women’s fit track suits for me and my female coaching staff with no success! I don’t see why manufacturers can’t get it right and/or it costs us such a lot when they do. Sportswear companies are missing a trick here and FYI we don’t always want to wear Lycra leggings or yoga pants to coach in or indeed running kit!

  3. Jill S

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    I couldn’t agree more with you Natalie! We either wear Lycra or baggy men’s clothes!
    Have you bought any of the FCN Kit yet?

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