Athletics ACT – Female Coach Development & Sustainability Program (2019/2020)
As part of the Women’s Sport and Recreation Participation and Leadership Program Athletics ACT submitted a proposal that was aimed at increasing the opportunities to new and existing coaches through education and training to enter or move through the coaching framework with the intent to become leaders within the athletics coach landscape of the ACT. Those leaders will provide succession opportunities to coaches moving through the framework and will drive community awareness about coaching athletics and associated benefits to the sport.
The program was developed following a needs analysis among the female coaching cohort within in the ACT which yielded the following data:
- Declining number of new female coaches entering framework, which was 32% for 2018, down from 41% in 2017, 39% in 2016 and 44% in 2015.
- 39% retention rate amongst female coaches in ACT reaccrediting from 2015 through to 2018 (based on total number of coaches reaccrediting each year)
- 12% gap between total number of female and male coaches
Program details –
This program will run through 2019 and is designed to deliver outcomes for athletics coaching in the ACT with the targeted population being females. The program will offer education through the provision of three coaching course levels:
- Level 1 Community Club Coach
- Level 1 Run Leader
- Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach
- Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach
There will be a forth option through the IAAF Kids Athletics upskilling course which is offered online as an extra 3hours of theoretical work. The IAAF Kids Athletics program is supported through the Sport AUS ‘Sporting Schools’ program and is yet to be fully established in the ACT. Assisting coaches undertake this course will allow Athletics ACT to offer the Kids Athletics product in schools in the ACT.
The program will be broken into stages; these stages outline how the program will connect with new and existing coaches as well as the greater community.
1. The provision and promotion of new Level 1 Community Club, Run Leader courses and level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Intermediate Recreational Running Coach Course with the offer of subsidised fees. The subsidy for the attendance of the above courses will be 50% of total course fee (not included accreditation fee).
2. A marketing and community awareness campaign will be rolled out to inform both members of Athletics ACT and the wider sporting/athletics community of the program and intent of the courses. This process will include engaging with schools and community sporting groups who offer forms of athletics in their programs or curriculum.
3. An existing female coaches will be identified and offered the opportunity to undertake facilitator training. This is achieved through the following:
· Attend one Level 1 course as an observer
· Present one Level 1 course as a co-presenter
4. Through the Level 1 Community Club coach course females will be offered a further subsidy of 25% off to undertake the IAAF Kids Athletics upskilling. This will allow those who undertake the upskilling course the opportunity to coach within the Sporting Schools program and provides a link to schools for Athletics ACT.
5. Through the female/s who have been engaged to undertake facilitator training strategic planning can begin to establish the sustainability cycle for athletics coach education and recruitment in the ACT.
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