WeCoach 2.0, the sports project for women

WeCoach 2.0 is a national program promoted by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation and the Young Sports Foundation of the CSD Women’s Universe Program. The main objective of this initiative is to promote the practice of sport and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for mental and physical health for women. They intend to disseminate healthy lifestyle habits in society, contribute to an active legacy and promote progress towards a more active life.

The project started in 2011 with eleven women who are former elite athletes: Natalia Rodríguez, Maite Martínez, María Vasco, Jacqueline Martín, Diana Martín, Tamara Sanfabio, Amaia Andrés, Marta Fernández, Alba García, Isabel Macías and Rosa Morató. Currently, seven new trainers have joined the cause to coordinate the training in their places of residence. Women are the protagonists of the program, and running is the sport to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

The athletes who are protagonists of the initiative have been at the Iberdrola Headquarters to explain their experience with the project in an event presented by former Olympic athlete Ruth Beitia. Amaia Andrés, former international athlete and coordinator of the project, assures that they set themselves “very ambitious goals” and thinks that they are already “a family.” “We started this adventure last year, and it has been an exciting year. Most of us had groups of women who ran, each on her own, but this has helped us feel part of something”, explains Amaya.

Jacqueline Martín, Spanish athlete 5 times absolute Spanish champion, comments that they work on three important areas: family conciliation, the playful part with socialization and free time, and a more sporty and technical part. “We offer initiation to road athletics, training plans and logistics to attend competitions,” says Martín. The idea is to put an end to taboos and fears so that women can comfortably practice sports. “Let any female runner who feels lonely know that they have a very knowledgeable and experienced coach,” she says.

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This year seven more coaches have joined WeCoach. “For me it is an opportunity to see myself as a valid woman. Unfortunately, there are still very few women coaches. The work we do to make this sport visible is brutal”, says Isabel Matías, former runner-up athlete in Europe. The new members saw the project as a great opportunity to grow, and to be able to help women get started in sports and lead a healthier life.

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