Posted on: Wednesday 16th March 2016
Catherine Miller is an up-and-coming young, female coach. With the support of a number of CashBack for Communities
supported programmes, Catherine was recently appointed to her first job in basketball. As Catherine explains, she initial became involved in coaching at School.
“I was a young ambassador in my senior years at high school. This gave me many opportunities to get involved in coaching
in the local area. This helped me realise that this is what I want to do as a career, so I got more involved”.
Initially coaching a range of sport, Catherine decided to make a choice. “I started to focus specifically on my love for basketball and got more involved in my club, Dunfermline Reign. The club were just starting to work with girls at the time and I now coach the clubs under 14s Girls squad every week.”
Catherine also got involved in the basketballscotland Youth Leadership Programme, supported by CashBack for Communities, being delivered by Dunfermline Reign. As part of this programme, she is provided with supported development in coaching, event management, leadership and communications.
She was encouraged by the “Adult Connects” to apply for a Coaching Post at the Larbert School of Basketball, a programme supported by CashBack for Communities which is designed to increase engagement in school life among young pupils: “The club supported me in applying, firstly through encouraging me and then by providing advice and support when I was applying and preparing for the interview”.
Following a successful interview, she is now leading the development of basketball in Larbert: “My role is to coordinate basketball in the Larbert area. This involves firstly coaching the School of Basketball and, secondly, engaging children in the feeder primary schools in basketball and ensuring they are aware of the opportunities they will have at the School of Basketball or by joining a local club.”
“The thing I love about what I do is that the kids get so much out of it and I can see them improve every week. Seeing them working through the challenges we set is also great as it shows their determination to get better which drives me to work hard for them.”
“I’m really enjoying the role, it’s a big challenge, but for me, being be paid to coach basketball is a perfect situation.”
Catherine, centre, at the Scottish Sports Awards, where she was awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year Catherine maintains her coaching role at Dunfermline Reign and still finds time to take on other basketball roles: “I’m working with the National under 16s Women squad and I’m also the Team Manager for the National under 13s Girls Development Squad.”
Catherine is hoping she can help inspire the next generation of female players.
“I really believe more females should get involved in coaching and leading basketball because young talented girls need female role models. If they see that women are involved it will motivate them to work hard and get continue to get better”.
As for Catherine’s future: “I want to help grow basketball at Larbert High School, to further the development of girls’ basketball at my club and to have a career in sports coaching and development.”
All in all, a confident young women, employed in basketball, and inspiring the next generation of female basketball players – a great example of the impact that the CashBack for Communities programme can have on basketball.