Talking Points

Are we as women coaches doing all we can to get that job?

    Three weeks ago, we interviewed Strength & Conditioning Coach Chelsea Romero.  Chelsea had just finished her third internship with the NFL Team the L.A....

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

    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...

“I was deeply disappointed when, during this Women’s World Cup, my dad thought it...

Hold the back page! I’ve come to a conclusion. It’s rather an obvious conclusion to some: men do not like women playing football. Of course,...

What to do when…

    Recently, we have been contacted by a coach who has been following the FCN for sometime.  She wanted to share her story about her...

What advice would you give to your ‘1st year of coaching’ self?

  This week, we want to turn back the clock and ask you about the person you were in your first year of coaching.  What...

Would you take part in more online learning if it was available?

  Online learning can be of huge benefit to coaches who want to learn more about their sport and about coaching.  It allows participants a...

Are coaching conferences / summits important in your coach development?

This week we want to know your thoughts and experiences about coaching conferences and summits.  Nowadays, more and more coaching information seems to be...

Does the media have a big part to play in the way female coaches...

This week, we want to discuss the role the media play in women's sport and whether or not they have a large role in...

Why having a female coach has been the best thing about my journey…

  Know that you are a champion. Believe that you are a champion” This quote may seem comparable to a Muhammad Ali precept; a motto he...

Do men and women really have different leadership styles?

    This was a question posed by the World Economic Forum this week as they published an article discussing the increase of female political leaders...

What is happening to female coaches in the U.S Collegiate System?

There seems to be a growing momentum in the 'trend' of firing, suspending and mistreating female coaches in the U.S. Collegiate at the moment....

Does ‘ageism’ exist in coaching?

  This week we want to know how your age as a coach has or is affecting your coaching career.  Whilst we know that women...

Do child care issues stop you from coaching?

  This week we have been contacted by a female coach who is having difficulty with her club who are no longer happy with her...

FEARLESS COACH: “Female Coaches: Here is How Schools are Getting Rid of Us”

  Approximately 3 weeks ago the story dropped that Coach Machelle Joseph was put on leave by Georgia Tech Athletics. At that time, no one...

Could a lack of female coaches be down to a lack of ‘pick up...

Many years ago as a young girl in the 90’s, I remember those long summer days during the school holidays roaming the local housing...

What purchase in recent years has been most beneficial to your coaching?

  This week, we want to know about the things coaches buy to help them performa at their best.  Whether it's an iPad to video...

What advice would you give to a new coach before their first session?

  This week we want to give a nod to brand new coaches out there and ask the advice that you would share with them... Discussion So...

FEARLESS COACH – Why Athletics May Never Allow Another Pat Summitt

  The steady decline of female college coaches over the last 30 years is not an opinion, it is a fact. Among the most detrimental results of...

How do you juggle your work-life balance?

  Last year, we conducted some research on the well-being of coaches in partnership with Leeds Beckett University called "Occupational Well-Being of Coaches."  The study aimed...

Do you need to have played sport at a high level to be able...

  A question that crops up time and time again in the coaching world is the question of retired athletes becoming coaches.  Do retired athletes...

FEARLESS COACH: Critics: Back Up Off Coach Holly Warlick, Now.

  Hazel Head, the mother of former longtime Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, has died. She was 93. This was the headline I read as I...

FEARLESS COACH: College Athletics in the U.S.- No Reward for Winning as a Woman

      In my first year as a head college coach I was allotted a 10k part time assistant to build a brand new D-I program....

FEARLESS COACH: Episode 1 – “I regret not talking more openly about these...

      Meet Becky Carlson, the “Fearless Coach”   Becky has been in NCAA college coaching (USA) for more than a decade and is passionate about not...

FEARLESS COACH PART 5; What advice would you give to female coaches in the...

Meet Becky Carlson, the “Fearless Coach”   Becky has been in NCAA college coaching (USA) for more than a decade and is passionate about not...

FEARLESS COACH PART 4; Do you think one of the ways that women can...

Meet Becky Carlson, the “Fearless Coach”   Becky has been in NCAA college coaching (USA) for more than a decade and is passionate about not...

FEARLESS COACH INTERVIEW PART 3; How can we change the culture in a department...

Meet Becky Carlson, the “Fearless Coach”   Becky has been in NCAA college coaching (USA) for more than a decade and is passionate about not...

The Shannon Miller Case and Mis-treatement by UMD Continues with Resignation of the Last...

    For those of you who have been following the Shannon Miller case over the last couple of years, you will not be surprised by...

Shannon Miller wins landmark case!

  An exuberant Shannon Miller emerged from the front doors of the federal courthouse in Duluth on Thursday afternoon, pumping her fists amid cheers and...

#SexismInSoccer

      Back in December 2017, a fellow social media account called @soccrcoachprobs on Twitter, published a genius idea called #SexismInSoccer Bingo.  The idea behind this was to...

How Do Your Athletes Inspire You?

    This weeks #womenswednesday is in honour of this Sunday's winner of the New York Marathon...Shalane Flanagan from the USA. After becoming the first American woman...

What scares you the most about coaching?

    Lets be honest, coaching can be a scary thing at times...the whole season depends on you to put the perfect training plan together, or in...

Do you need to see it, before you can be it?

  This week's #womenswednesday is in honour of a fantastic event created by UK Athletics Vice President Donna Fraser called COACH - an event part...

Why Do You Coach?

  This week, we have a super easy question for you...Why Do You Coach? As simple as this question is, we think it is a really...

How do you think your athletes would describe you as a coach?

  For this weeks #womenswednesday we thought we would ask you an interesting question that may get you to think about your own coaching persona...

“Wherever you fall on the #TakeAKnee “movement”, make sure it’s because that’s what you...

  When the  #TakeAKnee demonstrations began to catch on, I immediately resonated with the message. I too wanted to raise awareness for the issues of...

What Are Your Tips For Performing Under Pressure?

    This weeks #womenswednesday topic is in celebration of our FREE and EXCLUSIVE webinar with the Johan Cruyff Institute about Performing Under Pressure. It's a topic...

Are female tennis coaches on the rise? In 2017 it certainly seems so…

  It is often a talking point of women's tennis just how few female coaches work with WTA tour players.  According to the Women's Tennis...

Would improving your confidence improve you as a coach?

  In honor of the launch of our very first 'Coaching and Confidence Training Day' in partnership with Sport and Beyond, we want to ask...

Who Is Your Female Role Model?

To celebrate the release of Judy Murray's new book Knowing the Score and her OBE awarded to her in the Queen's Birthday list, we...

Today my friend and colleague Sue Parker, head coach of Harvard Rugby was fired...

  Today my friend and colleague Sue Parker, head coach of Harvard Rugby was fired from her position. After 3 years of running a flawless program,...

How do you / should you deal with homophobia in your sport or team?

    This weeks #womenswednesday is in light of the Open Letter tennis legend and human rights activist Martina Navratilova wrote to Margaret Court after she...

How do you engage in self-reflection? Is it an important part of being a...

  How do you engage in self -reflection? Is it an important part of being a coach? 31st May 2017 Today's topic is thanks to our newest...

What advice would you give to other women facing a big challenge?

    What advice would you give to other women facing a big challenge? 24th May 2017   To celebrate the 6th annual Fight To End Cancer event this...

How Do You Avoid Coach Burnout?

How do you avoid coach burnout? Wednesday 17th May 2017   To celebrate Louise Capicotto joining the FCN team this week, we thought we would have a...

The 5 Easy Steps to Firing Your Female Coach

  Amongst a few of the most disturbing trends in college athletics is the dwindling numbers of female coaches. We talk, write and debate about...

Should Coaches Be Awarded Medals Alongside Their Athletes?

      Should Coaches Be Awarded Medals Alongside Their Athletes? 10th May 2017 This weeks topic is inspired by the news that the IAAF (International Amateur Athletics Federation)...

How would you deal with sexism, homophobia and xenophobia in your coaching environment?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; our weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World in partnership with Project 500. Every Wednesday we pose a new topic...

“Strong Proud Women” – What message should we be giving to future female athletes?

    This weeks #womenswednesday is in celebration of a very special lady - Merle Brown.  Merle is a HUGE Aussie Rules Football fan and got...

How does being a committed coach impact your family life?

      This weeks #womenswednesday has been inspired by a recent blog written by Sarah Dwyer-Shick about her thoughts on the Billy Graham Rule. The Billy Graham rule is...

The “Billy Graham Rule” & The Female Coach

    The Billy Graham rule is a practice among male Protestant Christian leaders, in which they avoid spending time alone with women to whom they are not...

US female coaches out there – we need you to join in with this...

US female coaches out there - we need you to join in with this one...  on a recent Facebook post, we promoted the story...

True or False…most young boys want to be coached by a male?

Now here is a question that got us a little confused at FCN towers...after we were contacted to comment on a news story which arose...

Who is your sporting role model?

    January 16th saw the start of one of tennis' most prestigious tournaments and the first of four grand slams to be held throughout the...

CONFESSIONS OF A RETIRED ATHLETE: How do we move from being the center of...

  As an athlete, we sometimes, maybe most times, or perhaps ALL the time, believe that no one else has to make sacrifices like we...

Do you give your all with what you are empowered to do as part...

Are you a Team Player?  Coaches all over the world have given speeches about it or even just asked the question.  When this question is asked...

How can we encourage more players and athletes to become coaches after they retire?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; our weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World in partnership with Project 500. Every Wednesday we pose a new...

What is you’re greatest coaching joy?

    This week, we published our exclusive interview with coach to Simone Biles - Aimee Boorman. Aimee is a gymnastic coach from the US who...

As a coach as yourself; what are your obstacles you face as you try...

  Let's start with the definition of an obstacle.  An obstacle is a thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress.  As a coach or...

Does your team have a “Team” Mentality or are they just called a team...

Does your team have a "Team" Mentality or are they just called a team because they all sit in the same locker room and...

How do you develop teamwork?

  Teamwork is defined in the dictionary as a combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.  Teamwork can sometimes be minimized...

Do you have difficulty adapting to change?

When trying to adapt to a change of scenery or environment and we are having trouble adapting, sometimes to find our way we simply...

Why Do You Coach?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; our weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World in partnership with Project 500. Every Wednesday we pose a new...

How important is it that you are a role model to your athletes or...

Welcome to #womenswednesday; our weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World in partnership with Project 500. Every Wednesday we pose a new...

The Importance of Female Superhero’s & my manipulated childhood…

  I recently watched one of the latest TED X Talks hosted in Colorado Springs and delivered by Professor of Media Christopher Bell.  I think...

Sidelines; The Lonely World of Non-Olympic Sports

I've been waiting to post a new blog until after the Olympics.  It's so big.  So awesome.  So full of athletes and coaches.  It's...

A stark reminder of how far we are still yet to go for the...

During the excitement of the Olympics and whilst we were all celebrating the achievements of some incredible female coaches, we received this email.  A stark...

How is a £1.8 million holding camp any different to the Russian Doping Scandal….

Ok, so my blog title may sound a little confusing, let me explain… The build up to the Rio Olympic Games has been dominated by...

To my Female Colleagues leaving Coaching

  To my Female Colleagues leaving Coaching; I saw your social media announcement today in my feed. I read that you are leaving your institution after so...

What Buying a ‘Cup’ Can Teach Us About Finding Diverse Candidate Pools

When I was in college I went home with my friend Lisa from Mississippi for spring break. She was one of the first people...

I want to make [American] football coaching for women one of the ‘go to’...

  Time to Move On? This year I have achieved many things: I became a Coach Developer for BAFA, learning from the best Master Trainers from USA...

The Implications for Sport as a result of Brexit…

  In a time of political, social and economic change which has caused insecurity for many residents in the UK and will go down in...

Why are there not more women interested in coaching?

This is a question I am often asked, usually by male coaches or referees who are genuinely interested. In the U.S., where girls can...

Let the dopers be…

With yet more revelations from the World of sport that more athletes have been caught doping, is it time to reconsider how sports view...

Is fighting for coaching equality a lost cause?

After the news about Amelie Mauresmo leaving Andy Murray recently, I have been pondering whether the fight for equality in coaching is a lost...

Mental Health Awareness Week; Your experience of working with athletes with mental health issues.

This week’s #womenswednesday was in partnership with Manisha Tailor in support of Mental Health Awareness week in the UK. Manisha is a UEFA B Licensed coach in football,...
Plow stops

Who coaches your newbies?

They often come in droves, especially in January. They are weebly. They’ve often never had skates on before. They need attention and nurturing and...

Is women’s fitted kit important to you?

  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...
shouting female coach

How we react is what defines us as Coaches…

We see it a lot in coaching and athletics. Sometimes a coach gets frustrated with practices, games, schools, and players. Sometimes they have helped...

Do we have to wait for the ‘old boys club’ to retire before women...

      Nearly 40 years after the ‘Battle Of Sexies’ match, the formation of the WTA and women players finally getting paid the same as male players...

How important is emotional intelligence to your effectiveness as a coach?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! Each week pose a topic every Wednesday for you to join in...

Does / would corruption at the top of your governing body affect you as...

This week we are in partnership with the International Netball Coach and friend of the FCN – Melissa Hyndman who has suggested this weeks topic. Over the...

Is there any room for ‘Old School Coaching’?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! Each week pose a topic every Wednesday for you to join in...

Old School vs. New School Coaching Styles

The below is taken from the United States Sports Academy America's Sport University, Sport Digest and was written by W. Glenn Reese, Candidate for Master’s Degree,...

What advice would you give to other coaches who desperately need their team to...

  As part of our exclusive interview with Bobbie Kelsey - we asked her "What advice would you give to other coaches who desperately need...

Are some athletes totally un-coachable?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! Each week pose a topic every Wednesday for you to join in...

Could men sacrifice as equally for their coaching Wives; ‘Coaching Wives’ Documentary

    Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! In partnership with Project 500 in the UK, we pose a topic every Wednesday...

Do mothers make the best coaches?

The topic this week may divide opinion, but it is a topic which has raised lots of discussion in the past.  Does being a...

Female Role-Models in Sport – What are we actually asking of them?

Having played tennis since the age of 4 and travelled Europe to compete professionally, Hollie is now the Head Coach of a Tennis Club in...

How should you address your team after a loss….like this!!

Ever wondered how to address your team after a loss...well, sometimes, you have just got to say it how it is...great work coach Bobbie...

How do you deal with a disappointing coaching session?

Any coach will tell you they've had awful sessions where they've gone home disappointed. We all deal with it differently. For me I always...

Calm satisfaction; How I deal with coaching when I’m just not in the mood.

Jools Murray is an accredited Strength & Conditioning coach from Canada and has worked with some of the World’s best athletes in the UK...

When Girls Grow Up; why do so few young female soccer players in the...

  When Girls Grow Up With record numbers of girls playing competitive sport in the U.S their low representation in the coaching ranks cannot be ignored. Soccer...

Jose Mourinho proves that arrogance doesn’t equal success; A lesson to be learnt

With the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho, the manger of one of the biggest football clubs in the World Chelsea FC, I thought it...

If you could ask any coach one question who would it be and what...

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! In partnership with Project 500 in the UK, we pose a topic every Wednesday...

Is it essential to have a coaching mentor within your own sport?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! In partnership with Project 500 in the UK, we pose a topic every Wednesday...

How do you make your coaching sessions unmissable?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; a weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World! In partnership with Project 500 in the UK, we pose a topic every Wednesday...

Where Did All The Grown Ups Go?; The Disappearance of Elite Adult Competition Tennis...

Having played tennis since the age of 4 and travelled Europe to compete professionally, Hollie is now the Head Coach of a Tennis Club in...

Not all coaches have the winning formula; Art v Science

  We have all heard of the description of coaching being art v science - the coach learns the science behind the sport and then...

When does ‘Banter’ become ‘Sexism’?

    When does banter become sexism: Three times I have been the only girl on a coaching course. It doesn't phase me as you just fit...

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