It has always been my intention to train up and support an army of Too Fat to Run coaches to deploy around the country.
Female coaches who get what it feels like to be the fattest and the slowest, who understand that not all of us run for weight loss, and for many of us running is a lifeline.
It has taken a while to prove that there is a need for this alongside the more traditional running offer, but we are getting there bit by bit and have been piloting this with a small group of LIRF qualified coaches.
We also ran a succesful pilot in Barking & Dagenham where we trained up 16 coaches, and managed to get 1000 women running over the course of a year.
I think this blog has gone some way to raise the profile of the barriers, and to help inspire women to take up and progress in the sport of running, but what I understand more clearly now is people want REAL opportunities to run together safely in groups.
In 2020 we will be rolling out coaches across the UK, using a licenced coach model.
The basic premise is that coaches would work in their local area, and would deliver Too Fat to Run programmes such as
- 5 Weeks to 5K
- Scream if you want to run faster
- Go Slow Social Runs
- Get Started Training Days
- Half Marathon Training Days
- Get on Track sessions
Coaches would be supported with ongoing business and TFTR delivery training, resources and marketing support, and would have opportunities to progress within the organisation to provide support at a regional or national level.
Coaches will need to have the Leadership in Running Fitness from England Athletics or an equivalent qualification and would pay for an annual licence from Too Fat to Run for the use of our branded programmes.
Coaches would then keep all monies made through coaching sessions.
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