How important is it that you are a role model to your athletes or team?

Welcome to #womenswednesday; our weekly online discussion with female coaches from around the World in partnership with Project 500.

Every Wednesday we pose a new topic for you to discuss,  join in and share your views.  Send us your thoughts and experiences via twitter, Facebook or the FCN Academy.

Since it began back in October 2014,  thousands of coaches have taken part and shared their thoughts about everything from gender stereotyping, coach education and even sports bras!


How important is it that you are a role model to your athletes or team? 


As we all know, a coach isn’t someone who simply shows players how to play a sport.  Coaches are teachers, leaders, social workers, carers, parents, psychologist…the list goes on!  But one important aspect of being a coach that many over look the importance of, is that of a role model.


A role model is defined as:

a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated.



So this week, we are asking you:

  • What do you do to ensure you are a role model to your athletes?
  • What type of attributes do you as a coach need to be a role model?
  • What attributes of a coach can reflect being a negative role model?



Summary from Social Media 

Thanks to everyone who joined in with this weeks #womenswednesday !


Hilary Howe Really, really important to impart a ‘can do’ vibe to our middle-years contemporaries

Hydra ElEctric –  you can’t be anything but… As a coach you _are_ a role model; you need to act like one.

Carmen P –  Crucial. Working with kids means having patience & understanding, looking for the good & be encouraging = keeps them motivated.

Coach Emma – Not 100 %. Lead by eg. U need 2 B engaging with ur players (whether 4 or 88yrs)& understand their needs, wants & desires. What motivates them?

Carolina García (Spanish) – Excelente tema proponen Querida Susy Role-Model fundamentales para las que empiezan, visibilizar, aspiracional y capturar

Anne Marice – You got to walk the talk

Susan Di Meo – extremely. Seeing is believing.

Jazz Hervin I demonstrate the values, behaviours, commitment & communication that I expect from my group

Coach Amy – Never stop believing in athlete potential See the light when athlete sees only dark

Maverick FH Club – Never lose perspective of the big picture Never a win at all cost attitude. Dignity Integrity always

Fit Communications –  it’s important to stay true to who you are & show them if they can dream it, they can have it! Hard work & a solid goal is key!

Tina F Prescott – Huge! I coach u 18 girls and sr men. Both need to see positive and strong female examples. Coaches build better humans.  Its the truth. Better humans tend to work harder and be better teammates = winning on a lot of levels.

Dani SweetmanSeeking excellence can be infectious, you need to live it

Eighth Wonder – We ALL strive to be role models in football to make it more enjoyable and to encourage female participation

Sarah Dwyer-Shick – There is added pressure on female coaches as there are so few that they can be the only female coach a player sees.

Louisa Arnold –  I do my best to be a role model, inspiring and motivating yes but being human too is just as key

Takara – totally agree

Mums4Workwe agree