Join Ignite as a mentor

Join Ignite as a mentor

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Applications are currently closed, but you can still express interest in joining the programme by emailing

Joining as a mentor, you will contribute knowledge and experience to a supportive community whose aim is to encourage more women into coaching roles and develop new models of coach support.

Working in partnership with female coaches, you will play an important part in supporting their coaching education while promoting the adoption of other skills that are increasingly important in making coaching a sustainable profession. These will of course be relevant to your own expertise, but could include marketing, publicity, social media and leadership.

While significant coaching experience is a key attribute within the mentor community, we are also looking for business and thought leaders who will be able to provide female coaches with a rich experience and holistic knowledge base.

The initiative was started by British Cycling and we have worked with Reach from Sports Coach UK and Women Ahead to bring you the most high quality and innovative support available.

The role is detailed in full in the downloadable role description. This also sets out the competencies (qualifications, skills, experience and attitude) that we are looking for in coaches joining the programme.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the application form.

As a mentor you will receive:

  • nationally recognised mentor training
  • matching to a mentee based your skills and strengths, and their needs
  • engagement in our online forum to share ideas and discussion with peers
  • a place on the Leadership Development Programme, with events and opportunities to further develop skills in leadership, networking, social media and marketing and share experiences with your peers.

You will be required to:

  • deliver eight to 10 mentoring sessions with your mentee, consisting of reflective questioning, advice and guidance to promote self-reflection (delivered both face-to-face and online/by phone)
  • organise at least two opportunities to observe your mentee’s coaching practice, offering feedback and identifying areas for further development
  • complete survey and monitoring information to support us to develop the network and demonstrate impact (around two short surveys per year)
  • engage as part of the Ignite community by actively seeking and giving feedback, sharing resources and supporting others - both face-to-face and online/by phone
  • share your experiences, stories and evidence of good coaching practice with peers and within the wider cycling and sport community.

To apply

Applications are currently closed, but you can still express interest in joining the programme by emailing

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