On 21st October, Basketball Queensland held it’s first Women’s Only Coaching Course. This course brought together 20 women all looking to expand their knowledge of the sport and enhance their coaching skills.
After the course we caught up with Mel Downer, Basketball Queensland’s State Performance Manager for the South, Sapphire Assistant Coach, and the head coach of the Logan Thunder women’s QBL team. She has this to say:“As a professional female coach who is passionate about increasing the visibility of female coaches, it was uplifting to see so many women willing to become better coaches.” The day consisted of lots of lively discussion around modern coaching techniques, how to structure training sessions and how to encourage learning. The ladies also got to show off their basketball skills on the court, whilst trialling teaching techniques on body movement fundamentals, dribbling, passing, shooting, defence and spacing. Overall it was a fun day full of laughs and learning; it was also a great opportunity to meet and converse with other female coaches.
BQ’s Coach Development Manager, Peter Pollock, chatted with the coaches after the course. He explained that the general consensus was that it wasn’t the fact that there were no men at the course, but more so, that it was all women attending. A course fully focused on women as coaches, was the thing that attracted them the most to attend – a subtle difference.
Basketball Queensland is committed to increasing the number and the further development of our female coaches; so you can expect to see more women’s only courses in the future.
Are you new to club coaching and need some help growing your experience? Basketball Queensland’s experienced coach development managers are here to support you. Find out more: https://basketballqld.com.au/new-to-coaching/