Chapter 1: Planning

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Chapter 1

Developing a plan to increase the quantity & quality of female coaches

Planning is essential when looking to make any improvements, changes, or develop new initiatives/ programmes in your organisation. To implement effective and sustainable plans, you should be able to answer the following questions:

Where are you now?

  • Review Where You Are At – Audit your current environment in relation to female coaches including the organisational culture.
  • Raise Awareness – Communication and consultation with all stakeholders brings them on the same journey.
  • Barriers and Challenges – Understand the barriers and challenges women in coaching experience in your sport.
  • Problem Identified – What problem/s are you trying to solve?

Where do you want to be?

  • Set Goals – Goals define the general intentions and ambitions of the organisation in relation to women in coaching.
  • Identify outcomes – What does success look like for the organisation in 5 years time?
  • Targets – Set realistic and meaningful targets for your sport.

How are you going to get there?

  • Full Organisation and Board Support – All plans need to be fully supported by everyone in the organisation but especially the Board.
  • Take Action – What are you going to do? What programmes/initiatives will you implement?
  • Gap Analysis – Identify the gaps between what you want to achieve and what you already have.
  • Scoping and Researching – What can you learn? Who can you learn from?
  • Take Responsibility – Recognise what you need to do to make this change.
  • Work Collaboratively – Who else in the organisation needs to be involved in the planning, development and delivery of strategies and tactics? Connect
  • and integrate to maximise resources and reduce duplication. Is there an opportunity to collaborate with other sports who have the same goal?
  • Plan in Action – How are you going to do this?

Working through this toolkit will allow you to establish a plan for your organisation and decide on what is important and attainable for you to implement the suggested actions.