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Coaching High Performance Female Athletes

This factsheet is one of a series, produced by sports coach UK and the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), aimed at coaches who coach women or who are interested in coaching them in the future. Each factsheet provides insight into the female athlete and her needs, and guidance as to how better to coach and support her.


Leanne is an internationally recognised researcher within the area of gender equality and issues of diversity related to sports coaching, sports leadership and organisations. Her work is driven towards improving the participation, performance, and leadership pathways for diverse social groups, principally, different groups of women. Leanne has written for academic and practitioner textbooks, written educational resources for coaches, and has published widely in academic journals related to sport and social issues. She utilises such research as the evidence for impactful outreach activities including leading the delivery of programmes towards supporting women to enhance their experience of sports coaching as a credible and valuable profession, as well as working with organisations to support them towards creating a diverse leadership and coaching workforce

You can follow Leanne @DrLeanneJNorman

Sports Coach UK is the national lead agency for coaching in the UK

The Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation aims to increase the fitness, health and wellbeing of women and girls by making physical activity an integral part of their lives