We’ve teamed up with our National Governing Bodies of sport to recruit a team of national and local ambassadors who will be on hand over the duration of the project to share their expertise and personal experiences with other coaches. They bring years of experience and knowledge about their own coaching journeys and the skills they have developed along the way.
Our ambassador team continues to go from strength to strength. Our first was England Netball International Tamsin Greenway. Tamsin will be talking candidly about her progression from player to coach and how she juggles ner new role as a mother with her passion for netball.
Female Ambassador: Tamsin Greenway
Tamsin has been a member of the England national team since 2004/05, making her senior debut against South Africa. During her career she has competed at two Commonwealth Games (2006 and 2010) and one Netball World Championships (2007), collecting bronze medals at both Commonwealth Games. She also won silver at the 2010 World Netball Series in Liverpool.
Tamsin has no doubt about the impact TV can have on the growth and popularity of Netball and is pleased with the new profile the sport has enjoyed since being televised on Sky TV.
The wider exposure has got more people turning up to games. Televised games are always popular because everyone wants to be on TV. Now when we play at The O2 we get 8,000 spectators and we’ve sold out every home game at Surrey Storm this year.
Domestically, Tamsin plays and coaches in the Netball Superleague with the Surrey Storm. She previously played for the TeamBath teams that won back-to-back national elite Superleague titles in 2005/6 and 2006/7. Greenway also has experience playing abroad, having previously signed with the Queensland Firebirds to play in the Australasian ANZ Championship in 2008 and 2009.
Tamsin brings a wealth of experience to her current roll as Player/Coach for the Surrey. Previously she been a trainer, tutor and mentor of coaches at High Wycombe Junior Netball Club and at the Bucks New University. Tamsin has just returned to the Surrey Storm role following a brief hiatus to have her first child.
Male Ambassador: Gary Street
Project 500 is delighted to announce Gary Street as the first of its Male Ambassadors of the Month. Gary Street is one of women’s rugby’s most successful coaches of all time. During an 8 year stint as head coach, under his guidance, the England Women’s national rugby team won five Six Nations in a row and two Nations Cup championships, as well as being crowned World Champions in 2014! Gary is now head coach of the Oxford University women’s team. Project 500 has teamed-up with the RFU and Gary to support more females into rugby coaching. We have already hosted a rugby development day and are supporting over 30 coaches through further CPD and training, including World Cup winner Claire Purdy!
Gary has agreed to support Project 500 as a male ambassador and is a keen advocate for increasing the number of female coaches across all sports, to unleash a whole range of previously hidden talents which can only improve sport as a whole. He believes that is time we accept what females have to offer and is willing to guide them in any way he can to help begin their coaching journeys.
Project 500 caught up with Gary at a recent training session at Oxford University. Watch what he had to say about Project 500 and female coaching: http://ow.ly/Waxeh
Male Ambassador: Wayne Smith
Project 500 are pleased to welcome our latest male ambassador, Wayne Smith a Boxing Coach from Kent.
“I think initiatives like Project 500 are really important to help get more women into coaching, especially in Boxing. We are a traditionally male dominated sport and it is hard for women to take that first step as a coach. They feel that they won’t get the respect from the males within the club which is completely untrue. Female coaches are growing in our sport and are a huge asset in producing the talent we have such as Nicola Adams, Savanah Marshall and Lisa Whiteside.
I think in all sports we need more female coaches, it helps with increasing participation and performance levels of both male and female athletes. My advice for any female coach pondering over the idea of entering our sport would be just do it! Don’t worry about what anyone says or thinks, follow your own path. Work hard and reap the rewards!”
Wayne is working towards his Level 3 and coaches people of all ages and abilities both male and female throughout the county and is a founding member of the successful Olympia Boxing.
Olympia deliver boxing sessions in schools and the local community, in addition to that Wayne is also a club coach for Sevenoaks ABC, the Kent County coach and a GB & England Boxing Talent Development coach.