SCORE Project Trainer Team delivered the national training session in Helsinki, Finland on 20th of May 2016. Sarah Milner from sports coach UK, in charge of the toolkit work package and facilitator of the training sessions, together with Heidi Pekkola, Project Manager, and Sara Massini, Project Coordinator, held the fifth out of the 8 national training sessions. Representatives from different sport governing bodies such as athletics, football, biathlon, diving, Finnish baseball, fencing, snowboarding and swimming gathered together to discuss on good practices, barriers and obstacles related to gender equality in coaching.
The session was hosted by the Finnish Coaches Association, which is a SCORE partner organisation, Special guest of the event was Päivi Aalto-Nevalainen, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs from the Ministry of Education and Culture, who gave the welcoming remarks on behalf of the Ministry. She underlined how SCORE project is important for Finland specifically now because next year the funding policy for sport federations will be changed and all sport federations need to have a plan for equality and equity in their work. In fact, the Ministry is linking this equality and equity plan with the distribution of money: if the federations do not have the plan, they will not get funding. She underlined that SCORE toolkit can help the federations in drafting their equality plans.
The training sessions have the general objective to raise awareness and educate the representatives of sport federations to use properly the “awareness pack” toolkit, outcome of the first phase of the project. The “awareness pack” contains tools for sport organizations to create a more gender equal environment and facilitate the access of women into coaching. The toolkit contains also tools targeted to women who are interested in coaching. The final version will be edited after collecting feedback from the participants of all training sessions and will be published in autumn 2016. Three national training sessions are still to be organized in Germany, Lithuania and Portugal between June and July 2016.
In the same occasion on the following two days, 21st and 22nd of May, Satu Kaski, PhD and Sport Psychologist, from the Finnish Coaches Association closed the second step of the Education for Mentors programme with the objective of creating a pool of mentors around Europe dedicated to support female coaches in their work. The meeting was closed by defining 8 national mentoring programmes to be implemented in the countries involved in the project. The implementation is supported by the SCORE partner organisations as national coordinators. Some mentors have already started these activities within their organisations and sport federations. The pool of mentors will remain connected and active and some of them are already planning new bilateral and multilateral cooperation in order to multiply the results and support each other to face the challenges in raising the number of female coaches in sport federations.
"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" – SCORE is a European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme and led by ENGSO. It brings together 13 key partner organisations. SCORE promotes gender equality in coaching, and focuses on increasing the number of employed and volunteer female coaches at all levels of sport as well as enhancing knowledge on gender equality in coach education. The SCORE project is a two-year project and will be finalised by the end of 2016.
For more information visit the project website http://www.score-coaching.eu/ and follow the discussions on social media with #scorecoaching and #equalityincoaching.