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Emma Tomlinson and Andrew Beaven like this.

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Excellent article, it's amazing how females are labelled when choosing a particular sport. When I was working in local schools coaching PE I was once asked from a years 6 boy, " Miss are you lesbian?". My reply "no!" It just goes to show that even young people without knowing can assume that all women in sports are Lesbian. Maybe its time to change the mindset the younger generation of coaches coming through to a more positive towards female in sports and as coaches.

On the female side, the links forming the circle are super important and everyone must feel as if they belong equally in the team. They don’t want to feel as if they are outside that circle. They want to win as a team. Put a player on the spot she will not feel comfortable and probably she will not perform as well.’

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Roger Kaye said:

As I coach a women's cricket team there are some really interesting and thought provoking points in this. Paricularly the example of how the volleyball teams reacted, as well as the circle and triangle comments. That's going to need a bit more reading into and thinking about.

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Andrew Beaven said:

I also coach some female cricketers, but as this is mostly 1-to-1s I don’t get to see the team dynamic.

I wonder how the “circle” can be completed in individual sports (or sports like cricket that comprise 1-on-1 contests between bat and ball) that do expose the individual athlete at the point of the triangle.

I did get to hear Paul Shaw, former coach of the England Women’s team, speak at the ECB CA conference (I think you were there, Roger?), and it was perhaps significant that he emphasised the importance of the team environment and building connections.

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