Lawn Tennis Association creates platform for female role models to inspire development of women coaches
Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 15:47
The Lawn Tennis Association has revealed an ambitious goal to double the number of women on their coaching programmes over the next five years, creating more female role models to deliver tennis sessions nationwide.
The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which currently boasts 800 women in coaching roles across the country, outlined its ambition at their second Women's Coach Conference in Birmingham. The conference is designed to showcase the extraordinary efforts of women throughout the country and provides them the opportunity to connect with and empower each other, enabling them to inspire their communities through sport.
Sue Lawrence, Head of Category for Women and Girls at the LTA said: "Tennis coaches are fundamental to growing the game and delivering an outstanding experience for people when they first pick up a racket. We have some incredible coaches in British Tennis and we want to help more women take up coaching roles".
The Conference, which took place at Birmingham's International Convention Centre on 23 April, celebrated women as role models within sport and featured an international line-up of female sports leaders including Judy Murray OBE, five-time Olympian and Chair of UK Sport Dame Katherine Grainger and BBC Sport anchor Gabby Logan.
A series of discussions and debate was delivered to over 200 female tennis coaches, speakers and influencers, promoting the opportunities for women and girls to get into coaching, create networking practices to provide support and knowledge exchange and inspire more women and girls to take on the LTA's coaching qualifications pathway.
Judy Murray, Britain's former Fed Cup Captain, has spoken before about the need for more women in coaching positions throughout sport, and particularly in tennis.
"I believe that girls respond better to female role models, and the LTA want to see more female coaches who can encourage girls to take up, and stay in, sport," she said.
"Days like today are crucial in inspiring our female coaches to continue their development and share experiences with each other. It is great to see the LTA bringing together such a group of leading women in sport to share their expertise and experiences.
"Women coaches are – in my experience – particularly good at working together, networking and sharing ideas. Today's environment lays the perfect foundation for them to do all of that.
Dame Katherine Grainger, Britain's most decorated female Olympian and Chair of UK Sport, said: "Tennis in Great Britain has a great profile at the moment with the likes of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta doing well on the worldwide stage – and it's important the LTA maximizes the success of their players to get more people, and particularly women and girls, involved in the sport.
"As an athlete at all stages of my career, my coaches were absolutely essential in keeping me engaged, inspired and motivated to reach the very maximum of my potential, and it's fantastic to see the LTA staging events like the Women's Coach Conference to invest in their coaches."
Leyla Ogdan, a coach at the Edgbaston Priory Club who was at the event and is an Ambassador for She Rallies, an organisation set up by Murray to attract and keep women in tennis coaching, added:
"Gabby, Katherine and Judy are incredible people within their fields so it was really inspiring to hear what they had to say. Hopefully it will give everyone who was here the confidence to go out and trust in what they are doing and get more female coaches into the game."
"I think we are in a good place in Birmingham and have a lot of girls playing in the city. That's because we have a strong female coaching workforce but we still want to grow it and get more girls and women playing."
To find out more about getting into coaching, please visit www.lta.org.uk/coach-teach