Women in Coaching

Female coaches are essential to a vibrant and effective sport system. Women bring unique and valuable perspectives, skills and approaches to coaching, and they are particularly important as visible role models for girls and young women.

Yet women are significantly underrepresented in coaching in Canada. Only 25% of coaches in Canada are female. The gap is even greater in many high performance settings, including in university sports and national team coaching.

CAAWS is committed to addressing the gender gap in coaching for the benefit of all. We work in partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and with numerous sport and multi-sport organizations to identify the obstacles and advance solutions.

Female Coach Mentorship Model

Mentorship is a key strategy used across sectors to support women in overcoming barriers and achieving their career goals. Together with the Coaching Association of Canada, CAAWS offers the Female Coach Mentorship Model to encourage and support female coaches within Canadian sport.

This pragmatic, turnkey tool provides a step-by-step approach for the mentor and the mentee. The result is effective and sustainable mentorship that produces tangible benefits. The model also offers guidance for sport administrators to support them in setting up and managing a mentorship initiative to advance female coaches in their sport.

The model is:

  • Based on theory and supported by evidence
  • Proven effective in year-long pilots conducted by four National Sport Organizations
  • Formally evaluated by the University of Toronto
  • Practical and actionable
  • Readily adaptable for different contexts and applications
  • Free for download!

Visit www.coach.ca/women-in-coaching to download your copy of the resources

CAAWS and the CAC are grateful to the expert advisors who guided the development of the Female Coach Mentorship Model, to the University of Toronto, and to Basketball Canada, Hockey Canada, Tennis Canada and Wrestling Canada for partnering on this project. The Female Coach Mentorship Model was made possible with funding from Status of Women Canada.

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