What is
Women Leaders & Coaches Academy?

Japanese Women Leaders & Coaches Academy offers coaching education and training based on scientific research to women who aim to become advanced coaches.  Program includes perspectives such as work-life balance, diversity management, etc, which are essential to women coaches who aim for the top level along with their athletes, and differs substantially from the traditional courses available for sports instructors.  Moreover, the program provides the opportunity to building a network that would support career development, and furthermore, beyond the bounds of sports, introduces people from both international and domestic organizations who can become your mentors.  This is the "one and only effort made in Japan" to support women coaches who go out on the international scenes from Japan.

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Date
September 15-17,
2020
Online Venue
     F Studio (Shibuya, Tokyo)

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1. Opening(Self Introduction)
2.Women in Sport I
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
3. Professional Coaching
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches (WeCOACH)
4. Conditioning for Female Athletes
Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
5. Sports Nutrition
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki, Professor, Faculty of Health and Welfare, Nutrition Major, Kanagawa University of Human Services
6. Women in Sport II
Dr. Kaori Yamaguchi, Professor, Faculty of Sports and Health Science, University of Tsukuba
7. Sport and Gender
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
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8. Motivation Strategy for Coaches
Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
9. Mental Training Associated with Thinking and Sorting through Emotions
Ms. Miyako Tanaka-Oulevey, President, Polygone Inc.
10. CoachDISC Program
Ms. Liz Masen, Client Director at Athlete Assessments
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University
11. CoachDISC Case Study
Ms. Maki Moriya, President, Laurelgate Co., Ltd.
12. Leadership & Collaboration
Ms. Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight at Sport England
13. Diversity in Sport
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Aya Noguchi, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Sport Science, Juntendo University

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14. Navigating the Future
      for Women Sports Leaders
Ms. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Ms. Maki Tsukada, Instructor, Tokai University School of Physical Education Department of Judo and Kendo
Ms. Mikiko Hagiwara, Director, WJBL (Women's Japan Basketball League Organization)
Ms. Tamako Kihara, Representative, Wake Swimming Club
Coordinator: Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
15. Networking
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
16. Closing Ceremony
Cosponsorship
Organizer
Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)

Co-Organizer
Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS) , WeCOACH
Spporting Company
adidas Japan K.K., Unicharm Corporation, EY Japan
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Opening
Facilitators
Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, JCRWS
Ms. Akiko Sekiguchi, staff, JCRWS
Held in online for the first time!
The 6th “Women Leaders & Coaches Academy 2020” has been decided to be held online in consideration of the impact of COVID-19. It was our first and new challenge, but thanks to online, leaders and coaches who couldn’t attend because of “difficult to stay over”, “can’t go far”, “kids are small” could gather with their passion. Also, graduates who have studied at the past five academies have watched this academy through their dedicated line from all over the country in search of further learning, stimulation, and information. 
 
The annual ice-breaking time has a different taste with the first use of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport’s handmade “YES/NO card” and the “whiteboard” with the WCA logo on so that the tension of the participants can be relaxed and the actual distance can be shortened as well as the mind.
Warmed up participants’ minds and bodies to prepare for the lecture.
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Women in Sport I
Lecturer
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Learn the transition of women’s sports and
create a new sports culture!
First, Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara explained the “Brighton Declaration” (decided at the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport, 1994) and the “Brighton + Helsinki 2014 Declaration” (decided at the 6th IWG World Conference, 2014). She said that it is the efforts of the female (and male) leaders around the world to achieve the ultimate goal for the development of women’s sports that are the “Movement for Women in Sport  in the world”. Also, the episode of courageous domestic and foreign ancestors that have moved the history of women in sport, motivated participants to learn the first session.
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Professional Coaching
Lecturer
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud, Former Executive Director, Alliance of Women Coaches (WeCOACH)
Translator
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University
Seeking excellence and constantly improve
Your team reflect your energy
Ms. Marlene Bjornsrud first talked about the importance of self-management for your energy as a professional coach.
Coaches may not only teach skills and tactics, but may also impact on athletes’ lives, and explained the management ability and leadership ability needed to do so. 
In response to Ms. Marlene’s question “Why are you coaching?”, the participants asked themselves and thought about the image of the coach they were aiming for. The warm and encompassing atmosphere Ms. Marlene creates and her positive content of the lecture gave the participants a sense of security and it became a peaceful and positive one.
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Conditioning for Female Athletes
Lecturer
Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)
Learn [FAT (Female Athlete Triad)], and 
think the role of a coach from the conditioning
Based on research data, the three obstacles that female athletes are likely to fall into, “Female Athlete Triad (FAT)”,was explained in detail using the latest data and charts, also the latest information on the prevention and treatment of FAT was shared.
Also, Dr. Natsue Koikawa talked about her experiences and the impact she got from” WCA at the U.S.A. ” and introduced the differences of the role of coaches from the aspect of conditioning (condition management) between Japan and the U.S.A.
She calls on the participants, “If you have anything you don’t know, please do not hold them alone, and use the connection you gain at this academy”.
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Sports Nutrition
Lecturer
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki, Professor, Faculty of Health and Welfare, Nutrition Major, Kanagawa University of Human Services
Cooperation between training plan and nutrition support
Manage performance with nutrition
Dr. Shihoko Suzuki gave an impassioned speech about the role of a certified sports dietitian and the importance of cooperation between training plan and nutrition support to improve the performance of athletes from concrete and practical point of view. Dr. Suzuki also explained the concept of nutrient intake suitable for junior and top athletes with easy-to-understand and occasional humor.
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Women in Sport II
Lecturer
Dr. Kaori Yamaguchi, Faculty of Sports and Health Science, University of Tsukuba
The power of every single woman will bear the future of the field of sports.
Dr. Kaori Yamaguchi, an executive board member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and a chair of the JOC Women and Sports Commission, told her unique information such as the needs for female leaders/officers and the advancement of women in the Japanese field of sports. 
Also, she emphasized on the importance of having a firm opinion from a female perspective and putting the thoughts into words to develop the field of sports, then told participants, “Take a position, educate a woman who will follow you, and take over your baton”. She concluded her exciting lecture by saying that they needed to become role models to do so.
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Sport and Gender
Lecturer
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies
The “double standard" women leaders face
Realize and understand the reality of “stereotypes”
Why do we need to increase “women leaders” in the field of sports? And why is that difficult?
To answer these questions, Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi explained the importance of “to aware and understand” the various realities that female leaders in the sports field face, first. As a barrier to increasing female leaders, women’s “double standard” (double standards: rules and principles that are unfairly applied to specific people and groups), and “stereotype (for women)” that implanted by her surroundings and internalized were also explained. 
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi introduced how to deal with sexual harassment and secondary damage in the sports field using the case that occurred in Japan. Participants through the screen felt a sense of urgency in the realistic content that can only be heard here.
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Motivation Strategy
for Coaches
Lecturer
Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Co-Director, Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, University of Minnesota
Translator
Ms. Aya Noguchi, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Sport Science, Juntendo University
Manage the energy
You are the role model for the athletes
At the beginning of the second day of the academy, Dr. Nicole LaVoi began to talk about the obstacles (problems) caused by “being a woman” and “being a coach” in the sports field. After explained the “double standard” imposed on women, she emphasized that let’s change the system of “not supporting women neither placing value on women” in the sports field. Also, she reported that being a coach can lead to “burnout”, and introduced the “key” to overcome, then solved participants’ anxieties and doubts.
In the end, she concluded with her words, “Never forget that you are important to your athletes” and sent power.
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Mental Training Associated with Thinking and Sorting through Emotions
Lecturer
Ms. Miyako Tanaka-Oulevey, President, Polygone Inc.
Realize your emotion and know the way of thinking
To face your own heart
Ms. Miyako Tanaka-Oulevey stated by introducing her experiences that various emotional (mind) movements at the time of her athlete and coach eras she dealt with. 
Next, she explained there are various types of emotions and all of them are correct and precious. She also told participants that to deny your emotion leads to deny yourself. She also said that it is important that first you should realize your own emotion and stress, and know the way you think behind it, then organize your mind. Participants empathized greatly and realized the importance of affirming themselves.
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CoachDISC Program
Lecturer
Ms. Liz Masen, Client Director at Athlete Assessments
Dr. Maki Itoh, Associate Professor, Sport Management Department of Sports and Health Studies, Hosei University
By understanding your own and others action styles, gain the results you want as a coach
When Ms. Liz Masen explained that CoachDISC is to understand the coaching style by focuses on “action” rather than personality, participants looked avidly at their results of the CoachDISC which have been done in advance. She explained that this can be used not only for self-understanding but also for understanding others, and told participants to select the appropriate action with understanding (judgment) the situation and each other’s action styles to obtain the desired results as a coach. Group working was also held, and Dr. Maki Itoh provided courteous supplemental guidance to them. The participants were impressed with the simple and easy-to-understand CoachDISC and twinkled their eyes thinking of utilizing it at each field. 
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CoachDISC Case Study
Lecturer
Ms. Maki Moriya, President, Laurelgate Co.,Ltd.
How to change your action for athletes with different styles from you
To utilize what we learned in the CoachDISC Program at the sports field, exercised using various cases under the initiative of Ms. Maki Moriya. Each group was in charge of cases assuming athletes with different characteristics (styles) and actively discussed how to approach them concretely. The presentation was practical, just like in the field, with objective opinions from other groups on how to change the action of the coach according to the athletes’ style. By putting it into practice immediately right after learning the theory, it seemed the participants’ understanding and acquisition were deepening.
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Leadership & collaboration
Lecturer
Ms. Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight at Sport England
Translator
Ms. Aya Noguchi, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Sport Science, Juntendo University
Draw a vision and involve people
Learn the way of thinking to be active in the field
Ms. Lisa O’Keefe, who has held numerous sports participation campaigns in England in the position of leader, gave a lecture on the concept of “leadership” and “collaboration”. Based on the cases during the campaigns, she explained the causes of failure and the keys to success in an easy-to-understand manner from the perspective of leadership and collaboration. Participants were overwhelmed by the high practical ability and power of Ms. Lisa, who leads the team powerfully in various aspects.
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Diversity in Sport
Lecturer
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Josai University
Ms. Aya Noguchi, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Sport Science, Juntendo University
Learn and think about diversity
What we need to know
Dr. Rieko Yamaguchi introduced various gender-related issues that occurred in the sports field, also mentioned the topics that are still being discussed in the field of athletes such as “adverse effects of high levels of specific hormones” and “transgender”. 
   Ms. Aya Noguchi who is involved in activities with “Pride House Tokyo” and LGBT information and awareness projects for “Tokyo 2020” with diversity as its theme was joined the lecture. She explained how to understand sexual minorities and to deal with them, as a leader or coach. Participants spent the time to think a lot from their respective positions.
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Navigating the Future
for Women Sports Leaders
Panelists
Dr. Natsue Koikawa, Deputy Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport
Ms. Maki Tsukada, Instructor, Tokai University School of Physical Education Department of Judo and Kendo
Ms. Mikiko Hagiwara, Director, WJBL (Women's Japan Basketball League Organization)
Ms. Tamako Kihara, Representative, Wake Swimming Club
Coordinator
Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara, Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport
Warm message from seniors
For women leaders in the future
Continuing from last year, this year we welcomed the graduates of this academy who received the “Best Leader Coach Award” as panelists, and discussions were held with Japanese panelists only.
We welcomed 4 panelists this time; Ms. Maki Tsukada, the first-year WCA graduate, a gold medalist of the Athens Olympics Judo Women’s 78 kg-over categories, and an instructor at Tokai University; Ms. Mikiko Hagiwara, the third-year WCA graduate, was the first Japanese WNBA player to play an active role, and is currently coaching as the head coach of the Women’s Basketball Under Category Japan National Team; Ms. Tamako Kihara, the fifth-year WCA graduate, the former Japanese record holder for freestyle swimming (1,500m), representative of Wake Swimming Club in Okayama prefecture, and devoting to develop and disseminating as a member of Japan Swimming Federation OWS (Open Water Swimming); and Ms. Natsue Koikawa. They generously talked about their experiences, thoughts, and coaching policies. Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara elicited skillfully their stories that cannot be heard anywhere else as a coordinator. 
In the Q and A session followed, each panelist took the concerns and conflicts of the participants seriously and answered from the standpoint of the questioner. The words of the panelists, who have experienced both successes and failures while experiencing anguish and dilemmas, were persuasive and gave participants positive feelings and courage.
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Networking
Lecturer
Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi, General Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies

Based on 3 days of learning at the academy
What should I do?
In this final lecture, “Networking”, participants learned about the decision-making document called the “Karuizawa Declaration” created at the 1st "Women Coaches Academy” in 2015. Participants reconsidered their “future goals and missions” based on these 3 days of learning at the academy and shared them with their colleagues. Ms. Miyuki Kobayashi told participants that “This academy is a place where you can go home to” and concludes “this networking is your treasure. Let’s utilize it and do your best together”, surrounded by a feeling of accomplishment.
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Closing Ceremony
Participant excitement transmitted from the screen
Step by step towards your goal
At the graduation ceremony, the “Best Leader Coach Award” voted on by the participants was awarded. It was presented to Aya Nakajima with the memorial shield award by Mikiko Hagiwara (from the 3rd WCA) who earned the same award in 2017.
The lecturers overseas also participated in the graduation ceremony nevertheless they here time differences and conveyed heartwarming words to the participants. Then the scene of awarding of certificate of completion. We couldn’t hand it over or hug each other as usual, but when each name of participants was called up, they all responded with a different look from the first day and showed their various pose with glittering eyes on the screen.
The organizer, Dr. Ogasawara, Executive Director of the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport, gave hot ale to the participants who will lead the sports field in the future, “If you have strong feelings, people will move. It is important to convey your “heart”!”, the Women Leaders & Coaches Academy 2020 held in online for the first time ended. 
 
This academy is a new style to look forward to in the future, and as the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport, it has become an academy that has explored many possibilities and repeated the challenges from the preparation to the day of the academy.
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The 6th class graduates of the Women Leaders & Coaches Academy deepen their ties with a cohesiveness that does not make them feel online and move forward with encouraging colleagues.
The “WCA2020” distribution studio.
We have prepared a place where women leaders and coaches
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The online learning style
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The anxiety of holding the academy online, which everyone felt,
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The anxiety of holding the academy online, which everyone felt,
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The new 6th class graduates and many past graduates.
We all hope the day everyone can get together with a smile will come soon.
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Ms. N.K. (Cycling)

All the lectures were very interesting, and I felt free at Q and A session. In this academy, I didn’t feel any such difficulty of speaking that I feel in a meeting with men that means I realized again I usually felt such difficulty of speaking. What I think the hope to the future of this academy is that we will gradually increase the number of female leaders in the society in sport and establish gender equality. I hope that more leaders will not only be women to the fore, but also leaders who have both a respectful attitude to others and true sportsmanship. I would like to continue checking the information distributed from the Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport.

Ms. Y.K. (Swimming)

I want more women to attend this academy! Even though this was the first time held online, I could experience the excitement I cannot express in words, and I could connect with instructors from Japan and overseas and the participants together. It was the first sensation I could only feel at this academy that I couldn’t feel anywhere else, I’m just grateful, thank you so much. I hope the “Women Leaders & Coaches Academy” become a place where we can always go back. I also would like to interact with seniors who have graduated from the past academies. Please increase the opportunities to learn about “gender” more socially. From now on, I will proceed as an academy graduate and a female leader, connecting with colleagues who sympathize with each other.
From now on, I will proceed as an academy graduate and a female leader, connecting with colleagues who sympathize with each other.

Ms. R.T. (Karate)

Thank you for the wonderful 3 days.
Participating in this academy, I realized that what I was stumbling upon was not only the coaching and players but also the deeper “lumps”. I feel that I was allowed that I have been always thought about someone behind me as the environment changes, finally I could feel that I admitted myself. 
During the academy, I heard the words of other participants, saw their tears, felt that they were representing my feeling. 
I feel confident that I can move forward because I realized that I am “chosen and needed” rather than just “chosen”.
I’d like to take good care of “sincerity, work, insight, and spirit” to become the star of hope for everyone I will involve in the future.

Ms. A.N. (Rugby)

Thank you very much for 3 days and many wonderful encounters.
As we reaffirmed at this academy, I think that women need to be more involved in sports to make sports more valuable not only to women but to the whole society. This is because we can find more diverse value in sport by involving more women in sports. However, to do so, female coaches must open up a “future” that instructs not only female athletes but also male athletes.
I’d like to extend the knowledge I gained this time to men who will be my allies, rather than staying it among women, to do so.

Ms. S.Y. (Golf)

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Ogasawara for holding WCA and many other lecturers for their efforts. It’s also hard to hold the academy, but it’s even harder to continue. Especially in these COVID19 circumstances, I would like to express my deepest respect for the decision to hold it online without canceling despite the unavoidable situation. Also, the lectures by experts gathered from all over the world were so fulfilling and trembling that I couldn’t tell the difference. Before the lecture started, I was worried about what to do if I became sleepy, but adrenaline came out and my eyes were shining. I am now able to share the conflicts unique to women with my colleagues in the academy, so I am very reassured that I have gained a lot of comrades. I would like them to help me, and I want to grow up to be able to help them. 
Lastly, my wish is that I would like you to continue this WCA, and I would be happy if there were opportunities and/or projects using this connection.
Contact Us
Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport(JCRWS)
Tel:+81-3-5844-6537 (Satellite office)
E-mail:female-sport@juntendo.ac.jp