A campaign to raise the profile of female coaches in sport across the North of England is stopping in Tyne & Wear this week.
From Monday 19 June, Tyne & Wear Sport is embarking on the Pass On Your Passion campaign to recognise great coaches in our area and encourage more women into coaching.
Currently only 30% of the coaching workforce are women and the percentage of female coaches receiving a qualification each year is 17%.
The #PassOnYourPassion campaign involves twenty two coaches & participants from clubs in Tyne & Wear being highlighted by their members as inspirational and passionate about their coaching. They have each been given a baton by Tyne & Wear Sport and asked to pass it on to a female participant from their club. The participants are then helped and supported to gain the right qualifications and experience to begin their own coaching journey.
Two of the coaches involved in the campaign are Charlotte Dinsdale and Lily Petts from North Tyneside Barbells who were nominated by head coach Steve Sharp.
Steve said he had nominated Charlotte because: "Even with her full time career within HMRC she still helps develop our junior weightlifting squad ages 8 - 15 and attends regular competitions around the country. She has been crucial in the growth of the club and as the majority of the members are female, she brings a whole new level of understanding and empathy to the club."
Steve went on to describe 17 year old Lily as a future superstar within weightlifting who is very keen to pass on her knowledge.
Lily said: "I have been a member of North Tyneside Barbells for two years come October. I currently help assist coach the junior barbells class and take part of the senior classes. Since joining the club I have watched my body change; my self-confidence is through the roof because my coach has pushed my body beyond its limit and I'm forever grateful. As a result of his hard work and seeing the joy he gets out of it, it has inspired me to want to be a coach. I too want to be able to make other people as happy and as confident as I am now through my role as a coach."
Ruth Nicholson, coach development manager for Tyne & Wear Sport said, "We asked clubs in Tyne & Wear to send us their nominations of female coaches at every level who help and inspire women and girls to get involved in sport and we had a terrific response. We have coaches from a wide range of sports but the one thing they have in common is their passion for encouraging and inspiring the participants who they coach, and we wanted to thank them for that."
The Pass On Your Passion campaign involves 13 County Sports Partnerships in the North of England each dedicating a week to raising the profile of women in coaching. Each week a giant inflatable baton is being passed from one area to the next. Tyne & Wear will receive the baton on Monday 19 June at Gibside National Trust.
To find out more, please visit www.tynewearsport.org/passonyourpassion