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#Unite Network Workshop Series Launch

07/05/2021 00:00, In Blog /

In March of this year, to celebrate female coaches and leaders in our Sport in Wales, Welsh Athletics launched a positive action movement to champion and encourage more female coaches to get involved in coaching, and progress on their coaching journeys in Athletics.

Currently, we have 15 female coach ambassadors receiving mentoring support from our cohort of female performance coach mentors. In addition to this, we would like to congratulate the successful Coaching Assistant and Leader in Running Fitness applicants awarded funded support to undertake the next step in their coaching journey to become Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness.


Gemma Brimble

She Runs Cardiff

Claire Seaborne

Rhymney Valley

Liz Davies

Ogmore Phoenix Runners

Jayne Bissmere

Jayne's Joggers

Vicki Blake

Ogmore Phoenix Runners

Catherine Thompson

Sirius Runners

Sharon Jones

Maldwyn Harriers

Hannah Glastonbury

Newport Harriers/ CMSA

Marie Stratford Davies

Newport Harriers/ CMSA

Nicola Brunnock

Pont-y-pwl and district runners

Over the next year, to create a sharing platform for our coach/leader community to come together and learn from each other’s experiences, we have shaped a series of 6 virtual workshop sessions that explore key themes, skills, and challenges that may have previously been or currently be, impacting on your coach or leader experience.  Welsh Athletics is committed to supporting the long-term development of our leaders and coaches, and endeavor to take a holistic and person-centred approach to look after our community’s well-being and volunteer experience. After such an unprecedented year, it is perhaps more important than ever to manage energy levels, expectations and prioritise self-care.

 For this reason, we are kicking off the series with a nod to Well-being, exploring what factors contribute to wellbeing and how to allow yourself the space to develop as a coach or leader.

To register for this workshop on June 6th (6.30 – 8:00 pm) please click here.

The #Unite Network Workshop Series will include;

  • Well-being Workshop – Sunday, June 6th 2021
  • Working with a Coach/Leader Team Workshop – Sunday, Sep 13th 2021
  • Self – Belief and Challenging Negative Thoughts Workshop – Sunday, Oct 17th 2021
  • How to Establish your own Group in a Club Environment Workshop - Sunday, Nov 28th 2021
  • Courageous Conversations: Communication Skills and Managing Challenge Workshop – Sunday, Feb 7th 2022
  • Tips and Tricks for Team Management Workshop – Sunday, March 27th 2022

With Mental Health Awareness Week next week (10-16 May) if you would like to explore the topic of Self-Care, why not go to the Welsh Athletics Youtube Channel and view our bitesize series. This series on Self Care is a collaboration piece between Sport Wales, Welsh Athletics, and other Sport Governing Bodies and aims to provide Athletes, Coaches, and Volunteers across the Sport with short video clips and resources on;

  • Tips on how to best practice Self Care
  • Explain the barriers and challenges that you may be facing when focusing on Self Care
  • Identify some practical examples and resources, which will provide you with more information on Self Care