FCN to Present at World Athletics Gender Leadership Task Force

As part of the World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce programme of webinars, the FCN has been invited to speak to an audience of leaders and coaches from around the Globe about the challenges to progression for women coaches and leaders in athletics.

Following the extensive work in UK track and field since the FCN and Leeds Beckett University research publication “Achieving Gender Equity in High Performance Athletics Coaching in the U.K” in February 2021, the FCN has been working in consultation with UK Athletics to deliver the following two aims:

Aim 1 – Change current systems to create tangible equality of opportunity for current and future female performance coaches, increasing the pool of talented coaches for the UKA Performance Teams.

Aim 2 – Change current cultures and systems to ensure equality of treatment and respect for female coaches, leaders and officials throughout the sport at all levels.

In the last 14 months, a number of major milestones have been achieved, including;

  • the first ever female coaches selected as part of the European Athletics and World Athletics Indoor Championships (2021 & 2022)
  • 31% of the UKA Advisory Event Panels made up of female coach experts
  • safer, more efficient safeguarding reporting procedures and Life Time Bans for abusive coaches
  • UKA Board agreeing to the delivery of the FCN Gender Equity in Coaching Action Plan and the Endurance specific Gender Equity in Coaching Action Plan

Throughout the World Athletics presentation titled Why Current Attempts of Gender Equity in Coaching are Not Working, Vicky will be sharing insights into the work the FCN has undertaken in the previous 14 months and encouraging discussion about the lack of progress of gender equity across the sport.

Special guests joining Vicky throughout the presentation will be former USATF President and Chair of the World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce Stephanie Hightower, Annette Purvis, member of the World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce, Lily-Ann O’Hora from Athletics Ireland and Annie Davis, World Athletics Safeguarding Consultant.

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