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'There's a stigma around women taking charge in men's sport' - Tracey Neville


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"I think we're a little bit off that," Tracey Neville suggests when it comes to female coaches regularly taking of men's teams.

Speaking on Tuesday's OTB AM, the head-coach of the England national netball team delivered her consensus of the challenges facing female coaches, and how this societal issue may be rectified.

A sibling of former Manchester United players Gary and Phil, Neville considered the possibility of one day seeing the transition of female coaches into elite football.

"I do think there is a stigma around women taking charge in the men's game," Neville stated.

"You can see that in the refereeing society in women's football, the women referees have not been able to come through the system as smoothly [as their male counterparts].

"There's a lot of angst against them particularly when they make decisions on the pitch."

Crucially, Neville put this scenario down to a lack of viable, female role models for young girls and women looking to make a breakthrough.

"They have to change the system from the pathway," Neville insisted.

"They have to hit the pathway first so it actually becomes quite natural to be coached by a woman, it becomes quite natural to be refereed by a woman.

"I think that's where we have to start when putting female coaches in."

Implementing such change will not come easy, as Tracey Neville is all too aware. Charging the necessary governing bodies with altering their emphasis, the head coach of England's Commonwealth Games-winning netball team knows this to be a long road.

"The governing bodies need to take a little bit more action," Neville insists, "in respect to how they can put a mentoring program on to be able to start increasing coaching and mentoring around both genders."

"I don't think enough is being done on that."


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