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British sport needs culture rethink to close coaching gender gap, says UK Sport chair Liz Nicholl (UK)

UK Sport boss Liz Nicholl believes the low number of women in senior coaching roles in elite sport means Britain is “missing out on talent”.

According to statistics from UK Coaching, women account for about one in five qualified coaches in the country but that falls to one in 10 in the high-performance programmes funded by UK Sport.

Nicholl, who joined UK Sport after two stints in charge of English netball, said improving this situation would lead to “better decisions” as “diversity of thought and perspective adds value”, particularly in the context of a diverse nation.

The former Wales netball player said great strides have been made to improve the gender balance in the boardrooms and executive teams at the various British sports councils and national governing bodies, and her own organisation has a female chair, chief executive and performance director.

But as the recent furore over Phil Neville’s appointment as England Women’s football manager demonstrated, the lack of diversity in elite coaching is an area nobody has really cracked yet.



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