Halfway through the SCORE Project: what has been achieved?

 
Halfway through the SCORE Project: what has been achieved?

On the 18th of April 2016, the Steering Committee of SCORE (“Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality”) project met in Brussels in order to assess what has been achieved so far regarding the programme for the Education for Mentors, validate the content of the SCORE toolkit “Awareness Pack”, and plan future dissemination activities and in particular the final conference. SCORE is a European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme and led by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO). EOSE is an official partner of the project.

 

EOSE was part of the meeting. Carole Ponchon, PR and Projects manager, had the opportunity to provide insights into the evaluation results from the mid-term internal survey (which looked into project management and arrangements) as well as to consult with the over Steering Committee members* on the best strategy to adopt as regard the final evaluation that will look into the keys of success and measure the impact of the project with a longer term perspective.

 

The project in itself is of great interest to the sector as it builds upon proposed actions for improving gender equality in coaching included in the EU Proposal for Strategic Actions on Gender Equality in Sport 2014-2020. It particular it is based on two pillars: a toolkit “Awareness Pack” as well as a Education for Mentors programme.

SCORE toolkit

Halfway through the project, it is interesting to note that successful and meaningful activities had been carried on.

The educational toolkit meant to be an “Awareness Pack” has been developed (under the leadership of sports coach UK), designed and tested via national training sessions. These national training sessions – meant to raise awareness on the toolkit, educate the representatives of sport federations to properly use it but also to test and improve the toolkit- proved to be very successful in the UK (on the 26th of December 2015), Cyprus (29th of January 2016), Croatia (26th of February 2016) and Sweden (April 2016) and are really promising in Finland and Germany. This innovative interactive tool is targeting both sports organisations and female coaches. It provides a framework for organisations to think about their workforce and how to plan, recruit, develop and retain women in coaching positions so that they could create a more gender equal environment and facilitate the access of women into coaching. It is accompanied by additional information folder which provide concrete and useful insights into good practices as well as baseline data.

 

As for the Education for Mentors programme -which aim is to facilitate the creation of mentoring systems in the partner organisations involved in the Education- a first session was organised in Cyprus on the 30th and 31st of January 2016. It brought together 22 enthusiastic participants coming from the 8 countries involved in the project to give them the key to assist potential female coaches in their respective countries in developing the mentees’ professional and personal growth. The objective of this two-day event was to create a pool of mentors around Europe dedicated to support female coaches in their work. The training process will last 5 months and the second two-days session of training will be held in Helsinki in June 2016.

 

The final conference of the project will take place in Cologne on the 13th of October 2016 in conjunction with an ICCE led event as part of the CoachLearn project. We will keep you update!

 

For more info visit the SCORE website

 

*The SCORE Steering Committee includes the following organisations.

  • European Non-Governmental Sport Organization (ENGSO)
  • sports coach UK
  • Finnish Coaches Association
  • International Council of Coaching Excellence (ICCE)
  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)
  • Sport and Citizenship
  • German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB)

 

 

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