2019 Aon University Sevens Series Coach, Inge Visser has today been invited to participate in the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches programme.
Visser is one of seven female coaches from rugby sevens and the 15-a-side game who have been selected to participate in the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches as part of a pilot programme in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The program aims to increase the proportion of female coaches at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and onwards as Rugby Sevens continues to grow following its return to the Olympic Games program in Rio 2016.
Alongside Visser is coaches with current roles at six different countries. The coaches who have also been invited to participate in the programme include Filoi Eneliko (Samoa), Berta García (Spain), Victoria Grant (New Zealand), Royce Chan Leong-Sze (Hong Kong), Marithy Pienaar (South Africa) and Rachel Taylor (Wales).
This World Rugby program is also joined by fellow international summer sports federations including cycling, rowing, tennis, triathlon and wrestling to help develop the leadership and technical skills of 25 high performance female coaches from across the globe as part of the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy for High Performance Coaches.
The contingent of former international players and coaches of both men’s and women’s teams convened for the first time this week in England for the first of two residential sessions. Delivered in workshop style, this will be an opportunity for each participant to set their goals for the programme in a challenging, constructive and highly interactive environment.
While the wider programme has been designed considering three key objectives: identifying sport-specific skills and experience, developing leadership competencies and building confidence in the high performance coaches.
Additionally, the project will facilitate the sharing of good practise as well as developing close links and networks between the participants and international federations.