Tennis Australia is committed to providing women with more opportunities for successful coaching careers.
The latest group of high-performing coaching alumni are making headway in their careers through Tennis Australia’s scholarship coaching opportunities, which are designed to get more women on the coaching journey.
In an effort to develop more female coaches as role models and encourage the participation of young girls, a wide range of opportunities are offered to coaches, from entry-level courses to more advanced qualifications.
The scholarships also give women exclusive access to training opportunities such as the Billie Jean King Cup National Camp and other Tennis Australia tours and development programs.
“At the highest level of the sport, tennis leads the way in opportunities to engage women and girls as men and women compete on the same stage, awarding equal prize money and offering equal opportunity,” said Nicole, Lead Women’s Coach at Tennis Australia. Pratt.
“However, as with many other sports, we are seeing a drop in grassroots engagement among girls, especially as they approach adolescence. We want more women to move up the coaching path and become competent and confident coaches because we know that having more female role models is the key to keeping girls in the sport.”
Emma Heyman (Queensland) and former doubles world champion Cara Black (Victoria) are the most recent graduates, who credit the successful completion of their high performance course to their burgeoning coaching careers.
Hayman currently works as an assistant coach for talent development programs at Tennis Queensland and says the support provided through the scholarship program has been instrumental in her development as a high-performing coach.
“I learned a lot from the highly effective course and the program structure was invaluable,” Heyman said. “Throughout the course, mentors and other high performing coaches will evaluate you on the court and give you really constructive feedback.
“You will have debriefings and the mentors will take the time to reinforce some of the important knowledge that you can learn and apply in your coaching every day.”
Black now works as a private coach with five professional players on the Women’s Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation tours.
“Getting funding to participate in a high-performance course has been extremely supportive,” said Black, who represented Zimbabwe during a stellar career as a player who won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles.
“Knowing that I was chosen along with an incredible group of women gave me a huge boost of confidence. The high impact course was truly one of the best things I have done in my coaching career.
“I’ve had two amazing female coaches in my playing career who have had such an impact on me, so I know firsthand why it’s so important for girls to have female role models,” Black continued.
As part of a further effort to expand career opportunities for women, Tennis Australia has launched Trainer Connect earlier this year to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of female coaches.
The unique program offers a combination of networking, workshops, and mentorship opportunities for women to connect and grow.
“Currently, only 26 percent of coaches in Australia are women and our goal is to increase this to 35 percent by 2027 so we can continue to build more diverse and inclusive tennis communities,” Pratt said.
“We especially want more women to rise to the top of coaching to serve as an inspiration to female coaches across the country and unlock the benefits of greater diversity for our professional players.”
Since 1996, Tennis Australia has offered a women’s coaching fellowship program to provide women with the opportunity to become high-performing coaches, with coaching a key focus of TA. Strategy for women and girls.
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