Northern Head Coach Anna Vaughan Hawkins has been appointed as a mentor for a new England Squash campaign to encourage more women into coaching
Squash Girls Can Coach is a 12-month, funded, structured programme of training, workshops and mentoring, designed to take candidates through their Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications.
Anna herself was appointed to the Northern’s coaching team as Development Coach in 2016, together with Head Professional Julianne Courtice and Performance Coach Annette Pilling. At the time there was minimal junior coaching, no adult coaching and no schools programme.
Today, the Northern boasts a benchmark Junior Programme, Adult Beginners, Intermediate and Women’s/ Family sessions, and works actively with 13 local schools.
Anna, who plays for the Ladies’ 1st team, Men’s 5th team and the Welsh Masters Team, said: “I love it. Deciding to become a professional coach was the best decision I ever made.
“For the Club to appoint an all-woman coaching team raised questions at the time but I believe it has worked – for the guys as well! We have seen more men joining the club as well as women and juniors.”
Watch Anna being interviewed by copy and pasting the link below
🗣️“I love it, it’s the best thing I could have done.”
Volunteer coach Anna made #coaching her career three years ago and hasn’t looked back!
— 🏴 England Squash (@englandsr) September 25, 2019
* Applications for Squash Girls Can Coach close on 22 November 2019. For more information go to https://www.englandsquash.com/squashgirlscancoach