Why are U.S. Men’s Pro Sports so Open to female coaches, but NOT in the U.K?

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Over the last couple of years, Men’s Pro Sport’s in the U.S. have opened their doors to female coaches, with constant rumours and articles written about the possibility of a female coach heading up a men’s team very soon.

The NBA has welcomed a number of coaches including Nancy Lieberman, Natalie Nakase, Becky Hammon, Chastity Mevin and Kristi Toliver who have taken on assistant roles, and even Head Coaching Roles in the NBA Summer league.

Take a look at profiles of some of these women HERE

The NFL currently has a host of female coaches ranging from interns, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Assistant Coaches, you name it, the NFL has it.  Thanks to the determination of the coaches and the support of Sam Rapoport (NFL Senior Director) and her ‘Women’s Careers in Football Forum‘ coaches such as Jennifer King, Lori Locust, and phoebe Schecter are excelling in their coaching careers.

The MLB, MSL and NHL are laggin behind, but it just goes to show that with open minds, belief and hard work…the best coaches really do get the jobs…

And yet, in the U.K, women in professional men’s sports is at zero.  There are no female coaches in men’s professional soccer / football, none in Rugby, none in Cricket, none in Tennis

Casey Stoney – current Head Coach of Manchester United Women says this about the idea of a female coach in men’s pro football:

“I can’t see it in my lifetime. I think society isn’t even ready for it let alone football and football is behind society,”

 

Discussion:

  • Why is the U.K so far behind in accepting women coaches into professional sports?
  • Which sport needs to go first?
  • Is sporting society in the U.K really that different to the U.S?
  • Is the U.K anywhere near having women coaches in pro men’s sports?
  • What do the U.S do differently that ‘allows’ women coaches into men’s sports?
  • Are the U.S. that far behind, or is it just becuase the NBA and NFL shout the loudest?

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think women in the UK are as competitive as women in the US. UK women settle, and see things such as working in men’s sport as impossible. Add that to the fact that NGBs in the UK who put on these ‘women accelerator’ programmes are just doing it to please their funders such as UK Sport & Sport England – and you ain’t gonna get far by doing that!

  2. Because the leagues are treated as a whole and not 20 different teams doing 20 different things. When one team embraces something different, the other teams embrace it. It makes for a more competitive and wholesome league and ultimately a better sport.

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