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Women into Coaching 2 - London

Project summary

The Women in to Coaching project has now been successully completed. Please look here for a summary of the project and look at the Coaching Fact File (under Get Informed) for the learnings which can be used by others to help increase the amount of women coaching in sport.

Fully-funded Coaching Courses - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Women into Coaching 2 - London (WiC2)

The two-year Women into Coaching 2 – London (WiC2) Partnership programme which started in August 2006 has now ended.  The programme was able to fund up to 210 coaching qualifications for women and girls across London.  Qualifications offered included NVQ levels 1-3 in eight sports, including badminton, basketball, cricket, football, gymnastics, rowing, rugby league and swimming, plus a new professional qualification in developing / delivering community sports programmes delivered by London Community Sports Network and Sport Leaders UK community and higher sports leaders courses.

The objectives of the project were:

Achievements to date

  • Case studies of coaches who have taken part in this programme to follow … Watch this space!
  • The final evaluation for the WiC2 programme is in the process of being written.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this report once complete, please email liz@wsff.org.uk to request a copy.

Do you want to train to become a sports coach / leader?

Now that the WiC2 project has ended, we can no longer accept any new applications for funding.  However, there are other funded opportunities available within London which include:

1.Coaching Bursaries - SkillsActive have secured £250,000 from the Learning and Skills Council and Sport England to subsidise coaching qualifications for 400 of London’s sports coaches. In partnership with Sport England London Region and the Learning and Skills Council (London), the Coaching Bursary from SkillsActive and the five Pro-Active Partnerships provides financial support and guidance for all London-based coaches wanting to improve their skills, experience and qualifications. Click here for more information.

2.Sprint Project – London Community Sports Network – The Sprint Project is a bespoke programme which aims to up skill the youth and community sport workforce who work with young people that are at risk of exclusion. This unique new Olympic inspired project provides continual professional development to the community sports and recreation workforce across the 33 London boroughs with a special focus on those working in the five Olympic host boroughs.

Through a package of over forty different FREE training courses (both accredited and non-accredited) Sprint will increase the skills of the workforce in order to support the diverse issues facing young people. This exciting programme of professional development focuses clearly on three vocational areas:

Sprint will offer 500 learners from across every London borough (250 of those will specifically be from the five host Olympic borough) the opportunity to access accredited (Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications) and non-accredited courses and provide informal learning opportunities with seminars, short workshops and masterclasses. Click here for more information.

News (updated July 2008)

1. Pro-Active LONDON - Community Sports Coach Development Days - The Partnership Services Team provides Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to Community Sports Coaches in the form of Coach Development Days. The Coach Development Day includes a choice of morning and afternoon developmental workshops and a networking lunch to allow coaches to meet and share good practice ideas. Some new and exciting workshops include : Introduction to Youth Work, Working with Challenging Behaviour and Teaching for Coaches workshop. Bookings are currently being taken for the West Coach Developmet, for more information please click here.

2. London Playing Fields Foundation - A Female Coach Development initiative will commence in August 2008 (subject to funding) which aims to increase the number of female football coaches at Level 2.  The project, managed by the London Playing Fields Foundation, will provide Level 1 holders who are currently working in a coaching capacity with the support they need to successfully complete a Level 2 Coaching Certificate course.  This will entail assignment to a mentor, who will then support the trainee coach through the following process. Click here to find out more information about this programme.

3. The Women into Coaching 2 - London project team and Partners would like to invite you to celebrate the successes and achievements of the women and girls recruited to this programme. Read on for details about this event ....

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