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Princess Anne supports female coaches at Loughborough University during visit

Female coaches who are benefiting from the Women into High-Performance Workshop at Loughborough University, are being backed by Princess Anne, who is the Sports Coach UK Patron.

On March 9, The Princess Royal attend a campaign at Loughborough University created to encourage the growth of female sports coaches.

Upon arrival at the Burleigh Court Conference Centre, she was met by Lord-Lieutenant Lady Gretton and vice chancellor Prof Robert Allison.

The session Princess Anne attended was the third of a series to develop coaches. Taking place the day after International Women’s Day, the event aimed at raising awareness and improving the coaching opportunities available to women.

As the patron of Sports Coach UK, one of the country’s leading agency for coaching, Princess Anne spoke with a number of governing bodies of sport. They discussed how they could apply the benefits of the programme more widely to increase results.

Helen Davey, Deputy CEO of Sports Coach UK, said: “This Girl Can Coach is about women of all ages and backgrounds, coaching with real confidence, whilst having fun.”

“Coaching not only helps women build leadership skills in the sporting arenas but empowers them to reach out confidently in all aspects of their lives.

“As the UK’s leading agency for coaching we are working hard to tackle the gender imbalance present in coaching at all levels by supporting initiatives such as Project 500 which aims to train and develop hundreds of female coaches in the South East.”

This Girl Can Coach, a programme set up through Sports Coach UK tackles gender imbalance in coaching. Bettering females coaches creates a variety and wider choice in coaches, which ultimately means more women are participating in sport.

Although women coaches are a total of 30 percent of the workforce overall, the number of female coaches who are qualified drops down to only 17 percent and a further 12 per cent who are highly skilled.

Photo Credit: Northern Ireland Office/ Simon Graham/Harrisons

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