British Cycling Coaching and Education hosted its first webinar, Coaching for Women and Girls, in partnership with TrainingPeaks on the 25 November. For anyone who missed the webinar, a recording is now available to view on YouTube.
The webinar was delivered by British Cycling’s Coaching and Education Officer, Andy Kirkland, Great Britain Cycling Team member, Helen Scott, and TrainingPeaks Education Manager, Melissa Schwartz. It was the first of a planned series of coach development opportunities available online.
"I thought the hosts did a great job of tackling some potentially sensitive topics. I’ll definitely be using the points that were made with regard to coaching females."
Level 2 Coach Nicky Proctor
Over 140 coaches tuned into the webinar. To view a recording, please click here.
The webinar was aimed at Level 2 and Level 3 coaches, with an interest in helping to encourage more women to participate in the sport and developing the performance of female riders. It focused on:
- Differences between male and female athletes
- How these differences may affect coaching practice
- How to track training data using TrainingPeaks
British Cycling’s Coaching and Education manager, Vinny Webb, said: “The webinar encouraged a strong response from coaches both in the UK and around the world, which demonstrates the need for development opportunities of this kind. Online learning is easily accessible and can fit around a coach’s busy schedule. We’re really excited about hosting the next webinar early next year.”
Level 2 Coach and Breeze Champion, Nicky Proctor, said: “I thought the hosts did a great job of tackling some potentially sensitive topics. I’ll definitely be using the points that were made with regard to coaching females. I look forward to more webinars!”
TrainingPeaks is the leader in providing cutting-edge software to coaches and riders to meet their training and fitness goals. TrainingPeaks software is an important tool used by the Great Britain Cycling Team and Team Sky to optimise training programmes. The software has also been adapted to serve the needs of cycling enthusiasts, whether the goal is to complete a local sportive or an ultra-endurance mountain bike race.