I am the Head Coach for the seniors at Hawks Netball Club. I am also a player for the club and have been a member of Hawks since 2004. I have been involved in the coaching of the club since 2011 when I qualified as an Assistant Coach.
I gained my Level 2 in Coaching in 2013 and in 2014 I was asked to be Head Coach for the club. I also coach away from the club with County Sports Partnership. I really enjoy coaching and seeing people grow their skills and develop their confidence. My personal approach is not to be afraid to try as failure provides us with the opportunity to learn from our mistakes.
2020 has brought unprecedented to both Hawks as a netball club and the wider netball community. As we navigate the challenges, I have been putting my time off court to good use and have gained the UK Coaching Duty to Care badge. The program has been developed as a series of Knowledge Checks and coach learning resources set across the five distinct pillars that represent the Duty to Care ethos: Safeguarding, Inclusion, Diversity, Well-being and Mental Health.
I, like UK Coaching believe that great coaching is beyond just the technical and tactical elements that make up the playing of a sport. It’s about the person-centered experience, i.e a coach-participant relationship that is positive, motivational, caring and rewarding. This attitude and ethos is something we aim to promote across the club both at training and in competitive matches.
As one of the founders of the Hawks Netball Club, Helen continues to spread her passion for Netball and is still an active member of the club. With many year of experience she has also held county roles of Academies & Performance Officer and Schools Liaison Officer for the Cambridgeshire County Netball Association, seen her junior team qualify for the National Schools Netball Championships and as a Country Academy Coach also coaches Cambridge University’s Blue and Jays.
We are very lucky at Hawks to have Helen joins us regular for workshops, skills sessions and coached match play, as well as assisting in trials and squad selections which are held annually.