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Gender inclusion under the EACCES initiative

Gender inclusion under the EACCES initiative

Two coaches from Moving the Goalposts Kilifi speak about their experiences, the challenges they have faced as female coaches, and how a standardised coaching system in East Africa through EACCES could help level the playing field for women.

Irene says that the biggest challenge she has faced as a female coach is discouragement from the community and by some male coaches.

The community was against female football so there was no full support for some girls, who became discouraged,” Irene explains of some of the barriers she has faced, “which lead to low turn up of participants during coaching sessions.” 

Another MTGK coach, Janet, says her biggest challenge has been “being discouraged by some of the community members by asking my parents to stop me from encouraging other girls to play football because they didn’t want their girls to lose their body images as women.” 

Janet explains how she faced challenges when teaching football to both boys and girls at her high school. “Other boys didn’t want to listen to me when I was training them, because they still had the culture that a woman can’t lead in front of men.”  

When asked whether girls respond better to female coaches than male coaches, Irene says, “Currently girls respect all the coaches whether male or female for they are aware of their rights and they know they should be respected too.

She adds, “Cultural issues are there, but the girls are equipped with knowledge on how they can deal with such issues.”

How might a standardised coaching system help support female coaches?

It will do away with the myths that coaching is for males only,” Irene says, “and it will enable female coaches to be recognised.

Janet agrees, “Also it will bring the equality among male and female coaches in the community.


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Heather Elgar


Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 23:00