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"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" - SCORE is a European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme and led by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO). 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.

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.



  • 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).


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.


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.





Sport can help Europe to address some of the challenges related to the integration of people from less privileged groups, such as migrants and persons of foreign origin. Lasting from 1 January 2011 until 30 April 2012, "Creating a Level Playing Field" was a project supported by the European Commission, which aimed at supporting sports and specialised organisations to facilitate the access of people from different backgrounds to sport.




Creating a Level Playing Field received an EU grant in 2010 as part of the Preparatory Actions

in the Field of Sport under the theme "social inclusion in and through sport". It was steered by ENGSO, the European Non-Governmental Sport Organisations and was implemented in cooperation with 10 organisations across Europe who form the project team.


"Creating a Level Playing Field" aims at enhancing the exchange of good practice: - between sport organisations and their contribution to promoting the social inclusion of immigrants in and through sport - through cooperation with local level clubs, public authorities and specialist organisations

A book of good practices will showcase project examples collected during the project and will be disseminated by ENGSO and the project partners through their networks.

Recommendations to policy makers will be developed based on knowledge gained throughout the project. The recommendations will serve both sport organisations and public authorities to establish their own policies or programmes on social inclusion.

ENGSO feels that an analytical framework on how to implement existing good practices in other contexts is needed. Therefore, an important part of the project is analysing the examples shared by the project partners. The analysis will support sport organisations to implement efficient future programmes and provide useful information to the European Union to define possible actions under a future sports programme.

  1. Exchange of good practice:
  2. Production of material - book of good practice
  3. Recommendations to policy makers
  4. Evaluation and analysis


  • Bi-lateral study visits
  • Conferences


January 2011 - April 2012 (16 months)


Lead organisation:

  • ENGSO - European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation

Sport organisations:

  • Bulgarian Ski Federation
  • Finnish Sports Federation
  • German Olympic Sports Confederation
  • Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
  • Olympic Committee of Slovenia - Association of Sport Federations

Public Authorities:

  • Regional Government of Styria, Austria - Department of Sports
  • Directorate General for Sport - Presidency - Regional Government of Extremadure, Spain

Specialist Organisations:

  • European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
  • UNITED for Intercultural Action

Research Partners:

  • Semmelweis University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Hungary
  • LIKES Foundation for Sport and Health Sciences, Finland
  • Vrije University Brussels, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Department of Sports Policy and Management, Belgium





WILD stands for the Women's International Leadership Development programme, and was an ENGSO mentoring project, which took place from the beginning of 2010 until 31 March 2011. The aims of the programme, which had partners in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Sweden and the UK, was to up-skill potential women leaders from our partner countries across Europe and leave a legacy of tools and information available for future projects to get a head start.


The issue of the lack of women in leadership in the field of sport is not new. Sport has historically been a male dominated sector. The WILD Programme aimed to:

  • Increase representation by women in leadership positions
  • Build the competence and confidence of women in decision-making positions
  • Increase support among organisations for the contribution women can make to sports leadership
  • Strengthen networking between women leaders, both nationally and internationally
  • Provide a platform for future projects
  • Disseminate best practice via website, publications, sharing seminars, and international networks.



The ENTER! programme was developed by ENGSO lasts for three years and was financed by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the EU Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. The aim for the participants was to gain a profound knowledge of national and international sports structures, national political, economic and social environments, decision-making structures and the position of women in sport, nationally and internationally. This took place through 2-3 training days or seminars per year.



  • Increase women's involvement in sport leadership;
  • Empower women for leadership roles in sport;
  • Increase awareness of the relationship between sport and social development among sports leaders;
  • Adopt the principles of mentoring in European sports cultures;
  • Produce a common vision of sport leadership (professional identity, moral and ethics of good leadership);
  • Increase democracy and development of the principles of good governance in sports organisations;
  • Ensure continuity and education of new sport leaders;
  • Develop a vision of cross-sector co-operation

Role of European Co-ordinator

The role of overall European Co-ordinator was fulfilled by CCPR (UK):

  • Draft and distribute all the shared documentation
  • Apply for EU funding
  • Organise the launch event in Brussels
  • Organise the European Networking event(s)
  • Instruct the national co-ordinators
  • Organise the bi-annual co-ordinator meetings
  • Liaise with the ENGSO Ex-Com and Secretariat regarding the ENGSO Forum

Role of National Co-ordinator

  • Source and provide funding for the Programme (equal share)
  • Recruit and select participants
  • Recruit and select mentors
  • First point of contact for information at a national level
  • Organise annual national training day
  • Work with the European co-ordinator to arrange dates for meetings, book transport, hotel rooms etc
  • Promote ENTER! within their own organisation and country
  • Work towards implementing a national strategy for equality and diversity within the national sports
  • Organisation, incorporating the ENGSO statement and the ENTER! vision.

Role of ENGSO

  • Provide advice to the co-ordinating group
  • Liaise with European co-ordinator regarding participation in the ENGSO Forum
  • Promote the ENTER! Programme in Europe
  • Host information on the Programme on website and include updates in newsletters

National federations

Although indirectly involved through the partner organisations, the participants were members, volunteers or staff of national sports federations and were expected to support participants from their organisation and to seek opportunities for participants to further their development, run for election and attend meetings.

Ethical standards

Whilst participants are understandably women, efforts will be made to have male representation amongst the national co-ordinators, mentors and advisers to the Programme. The Programme will not discriminate against anyone on account of age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or culture.


Session 1 - Leadership and Strategies - Copenhagen, 26 - 27 September 2010

Session 2

Session 3 - Communication, European Customs and Styles Malta, 5 - 7 March 2010

Session 4 - Influencing and Conflict Resolution Helsinki, 5 -6 June 2010

Session 5 - International Sport Structures, Trends in International Sport, Budapest



The European Commission awarded a grant to the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) in the framework of the Europe for citizens programme to implement the project EU:SPORT:FUTURE together with the following organisations:

  • Austrian Sports Confederation (BSO)
  • Bulgarian Ski Federation (BSF)
  • Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR)
  • Comit national olympique et sportif franais (CNOSF)
  • Eesti Olmpiakomitee (Estonian Olympic Committee)
  • nkormnyzati Minisztrium Sport Szakallamtitkarsag (Ministry of Local Government, Sport State Secretariat, Hungary)
  • Olympic Committee of Slovenia - Association of Sport Federations (OCS-ASF)

The project ran from February until November 2009 (10 months), with a total budget of 248.000 Euros.


Objectives of the project

The project EU: SPORT: FUTURE aimed at

  • collecting the opinion of citizens on the future EU competence on sport and
  • providing recommendations to the future European sport competences on various aspects like health, social inclusion, employment, education and volunteering.


The project EU:SPORT:FUTURE was a broad discussion project, collecting the opinions of both experts and citizens to provide recommendations how the future EU competence in sport should be shaped.

The collection of opinions will be structured in the following way:

  • Questionnaire: A questionnaire gathered opinions of citizens on the future EU sport competence;
  • Citizen panels (workshops): The workshops focused on five specific topics such as education, society, volunteering, health and employment;
  • Intermediate conference;
  • Final conference;
  • Final report including the recommendations, workshop papers as well as the results of the questionnaire.

Core elements of the project

  • Questionnaire:

An online questionnaire was designed by the project team to collect opinions of citizens on the issues that were dealt with in the panels. It is available at the following address:

  • Citizen Panels (Workshops):

5 thematic workshops on education, society, volunteering, health and employment weree organized in the partner countries. The people of the workshops consisted of experts appointed by the project team and of citizens who were drawn out of the pool of submitted questionnaires.


This panel explores interrelations between sport and education. The discussions took into consideration the results of the European Year of Education through Sport 2004.


This panel looked upon the societal role of sport. Sport brought people together and was a cohesive force in Europe. Participants discussed how sport could contribute to the development of society with regards to social inclusion, fair play, tolerance, solidarity etc.


Sport clubs provided (public) services to society which public authorities would never be able to finance. To be able to offer these services volunteers are necessary. This panel focused on the issues related to volunteering and the promotion thereof.


Sport is a very cost-effective and efficient tool for providing health care. Strategies have to be developed to bring more people to do sports and be physically active. The panel discussed among other things of how to create a culture of lifelong physical activity.


Sport is recognized to contribute substantially to national wealth. Studies have shown that employment grows faster in the sport sector than in the traditional economy. What challenges for sport lie ahead and how sport can be more professionalized were discussed in this panel.

Gender and disability issues are cross-cutting themes and were dealt with in each workshop.

The citizen panels (workshops) discuss the above mentioned topics and the present situation. Building on these discussions, the ideal situation (vision) regarding EU and sport were outlined. In a next step, tools and measures shall be proposed in order to achieve this ideal situation.

  • Final Conference:

The final conference adoptd the final paper comprising the workshop papers and recommendations how a future EU sport competence should look like.

Due to the broad membership base of sport organisations it could be guaranteed that citizens of different demographic, geographical, social and professional backgrounds participated in the project.

Products of the project

  • Questionnaire: The Questionnaire of the project was sent out to a wide circle of citizens in whole Europe, and thus raises awareness about the project and its topic.
  • Media work: The project team drafted press releases. The publication of these press releases increased the visibility of the project and made it known to the wider public.
  • Workshop paper/ leaflets: Leaflets summarized the results of the workshops. The workshop papers encompassed all aspects of the workshop.

Results of the project

  • Final document: The final document including the recommendations, workshop papers as well as the results of the questionnaire was submitted to the European Commission and sent out to participants and the ENGSO-network.
  • Final conference: In the framework of the final conference EU:SPORT:FUTURE the results of the project were presented to European sport stakeholders. During a press conference the results and recommendations of the project were communicated and summarized. High profile figures in the public administration (Council, EC, CoR, EESC, EP, national ministries), economy and sport were invited to attend the final conference.
  • Events: ENGSO as a pan European organisation was present the results of EU:SPORT:FUTURE during its own meetings but also at meetings ENGSO is invited to like the European Sports Forum and other important events in the field of sport in the European Union.
  • EU:SPORT:FUTURE Declaration