Inspire Series launched by University of South Wales Sport

USW Women's Rugby. Image by Sam Hart.

by Julie Kissick

A SERIES of workshops designed for women working in or playing sport has been launched by the University of South Wales.

Melanie Tuckwell, course leader for MSc Sports Coaching and Performance, is the force behind the Inspire Series, which is focused on creating positive impact and building confidence.

She is confident they will offer something unique to those who attend.

“We recognise the need to drive women’s sport forward in all areas and this series is one of the ways we intend to help do it,” she said.

“Delegates to our first workshop will gain an understanding of how to build confidence in their female athletes, enabling them to utilise these skills on the field of play and in everyday life.

“At the start of the year a group of like-minded people got together to talk about sport, something we all love, and the part we could play in developing it for women and girls in our corner of the country.

“We’ve continued to meet regularly and this series is one of the outcomes of our discussions.”

Melanie Tuckwell, MSc Sports Coaching & Performance. Image Matthew Lofthouse.

The first workshop is called: I’ll show you how great I am: Developing robust confidence in female athletes.

It is led by Brendan Cropley, Professor of Sport Coaching at USW. An expert in training and development programmes in sport sciences and sport coaching, he is also a Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) and a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist (Mental Performance).

He will be joined by Hannah Wixcey, who is studying for her Ph.D. in Psychology at USW, specialising in well-being and retention in a Further Education context.

Hannah is training as a Sport and Exercise Scientist (Mental Performance) through the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) and has been working as a mind-set coach for two years.

Her performance psychology experience is primarily in golf, hockey and ballroom dancing, where she provides holistic support.

Ryan Moon, former first team coach at Yeovil Town Ladies and Kaseem Taylor, USW’s Women’s Football 1st team head coach, are also contributing to the evening.

The workshop costs are: U18 – Free; Students – £5; Delegates – £10.

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Inspire Series Confidence Workshop