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SCORE Project

Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality

"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" – SCORE is an European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme, lead by by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), which  promotes equal opportunities, namely 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 project is targeted at sports and coaching organizations at all levels, more specifically coaches, trainers, former athletes, volunteers and decision-makers in the field of coaching. 

OBJECTIVES: To promote gender equality in coaching:

  • To promote the representation of employed and volunteer female coaches in the coaching workforce
  • To increase the number of female coaches by creating tools to support female coaches to develop towards the coaching of high performance
  • To include evidence-based information about gender and gender equality in coach education appropriate to all levels

SCORE is a two-year project, from January 2015 until the end of 2016.

The under-representation of women as sports coaches is evident throughout all EU Member States. Figures show that between 20-30% of all sports coaches in Europe are women and the number of women with coaching qualification seems to be even lower (P.19 Gender Equality in Sport – Proposal for Strategic Actions 2014-2020). Despite the dedication of stakeholders, “gender equality has not reached an acceptable level and the implementation of concrete actions is still lacking in many Member States and in the international sport movement” (Art. 10 Council Conclusion on gender equality in sport 2014).

Based on these facts, there is a strong need to increase the representation of women in sport and coaching and for this reason the SCORE project has been decided upon. SCORE project is one instrument to implement the Gender Equality in Sport – Proposal for Strategic Actions 2014-2020).

Programme and Activities

Coordination and development activities:

The first year of the project will be dedicated to the development of the toolkit and to the education for a mentors programme. The activities foreseen in order to realise this phase are the Kick off meeting, Steering Committee meetings and the Project team meeting.

Implementation and dissemination:

  • Education for mentors:

Around 24 mentors will be educated to support potential female coaches in developing the mentees' professional and personal growth.

  • National Training sessions:

National training sessions will be organised in Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Portugal, Sweden and UK between November 2015 and August 2016 to facilitate the implementation and dissemination of the toolkit as well as to educate the relevant stakeholders. The final conference in 2016 will focus on dissemination and raising awareness on the project’s outcomes.

Expected outcomes

SCORE Project specifically aims to develop an educational toolkit “awareness pack” aiming at increasing the number of female coaches and breaking the barriers for female coaching by innovative solutions. The toolkit will include tools both to sport organisations and coaches. In addition, the project develops an education programme for mentors, which will be organised for the representatives from project partner organisations. After the programme, the mentors will assist potential female coaches in their respective countries in developing the mentees' professional and personal growth.

The project aims to develop:

  • An educational toolkit “awareness pack” with tools targeted at both the sports organisations and coaches.
  • An education programme for mentors and around 24 educated mentors to support potential female coaches around Europe


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