Coach Like a Woman: Learnings From a Pilot Coach Education Program

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  • 1 Deakin University
  • | 2 LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise & Sports
  • | 3 La Trobe University
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This best practice paper reflects on a pilot coach education program designed for women coaching Australian Rules football. Focused on enhancing self-regulation, and underpinned by a growth mindset framework, the “Coach like a Woman” program was delivered to a selected group of female coaches either working in or having been identified with the potential to coach at high-performance levels. This manuscript describes the program content and discusses the key insights identified by the delivery team. Creating a community of practice encouraged the transfer of knowledge and experience between the enrolled coaches, which increased competence and self-confidence. Providing an understanding of behavioral tendencies enhanced positive self-talk and aided self-regulation by the coaches. The delivery of the program and challenges experienced are also discussed. This reflection on the program is provided to assist future developments in coach education.

Carson, McCormack, McGovern, Ralston, and Walsh are with the Centre for Sport Research, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Carson is also with the LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise & Sports, Differdange, Luxembourg. Walsh is also with the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Carson (fraser.carson@lunex-university.net) is corresponding author.
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