Role models for women coaches - Kate's story
29 January 2016
England Athletics are working with local women in local clubs to publicise how they become involved in coaching. As a part of this project we bring you the story of Kate Macpherson who is an endurance coach but also a Run Group Leader.
The women talk about how they become involved in coaching / leading, what support was given, how they juggle family commitments, and work life. Become inspired by reading their stories.
‘Been inspired by Kate’s story? Find out how you can become a Run Leader here.
Elvet Striders RC & Durham Mums on the Run
Kate says: I’m currently the coaching coordinator at my club and my job is to try and ensure that we cover coaching across all ability levels and distances! I also coach a number of athletes on a one-to-one basis and lead the ‘Durham Mums on the Run’ Run England group which is what it sounds like - a running group for women! Again, it’s a mixed ability group so much of my time is spent ensuring that coaching is appropriate and differentiates between the needs of all the athletes who train with us.
I must confess that I am as surprised as anyone to find myself in this position! I had never been very sporty at school and avoided running (particularly school cross country!). I discovered running in my 20s and it become something of an obsession! When my running club suggested that I might be the right kind of person to qualify as a run leader and then coach I was skeptical and honestly didn’t think that I would be able to do the course. I had a perception that it would be a male-dominated world where I wouldn’t have a voice given my background. It was quite the opposite, I was really impressed at the support and training that was made available to me. The support I was given from local coaches was excellent and I was never made to feel that I was asking ‘dumb’ questions. Ongoing support in the way of online training, local events and one-to-one support from the local England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSO) has also proved invaluable.
Training as a coach has quite literally changed my life; I’ve gone from being a rather bored office worker to spending my time doing what I absolutely love to do. I work part time mentoring new run leaders in local workplaces, a project that I’m passionate about. I’m also a wife, a mum, a school governor and, somewhere in amongst that, I find time to train for myself!
I would say to anyone considering coaching to get out there and ask questions, don’t be afraid to have a go at leading, grab coaches you know and shadow them, ask if you can help them and most of all believe that as a female coach you will bring vital skills and qualities (such as empathy and an ability to multi task!) to the role.
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