Betting on peer-learning to promote equal access and inclusion in sport

Betting on peer-learning to promote equal access and inclusion in sport

From the 15th till the 17th of February 2017, StreetGames –the leader- successfully kicked off the European Us Girls project together with the 5 partner organisations. Aurélien Favre, Executive Director, Ben Gittus, Director of Standards and Carole Ponchon, PR and Project Manager represented EOSE.


Funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter, the European Us Girls project tackles head on the issue of gender inequality in grassroots sport.
As it brings together, for the first time, six high quality organisations that operate in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector, the project will achieve results addressing two important EU policy agendas:

  • Increasing female participation in grassroots sport and physical activities, in particular young women with fewer opportunities aged 13-30 years (sport; gender equality, inclusion; equal access)
  • Increasing female volunteering in sport, in particular non-formal peer education, (sport; gender equality; volunteering, inclusion, equal access)

In particular, the project will allow the development and implementation new training and learning resources adaptable for different national settings that can be rolled out Europe-wide. Building upon the award winning programme “Us Girls” by StreetGames, a new international course to train young women to be peer educators in grassroots sport will be developed.


The three day event was the occasion for the partners to get to know each other but also to get a better understanding of the project rules, aims and activities. On particular, it was key to discuss the expectations of each other’s and go through the objective of the project and to ensure we all have the same understanding.

Building upon the LEGO® Serious Play® method, WomenWin led a session allowing each participants to express themselves about the project through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject. Each participant builds his or her own model in response to the facilitator’s questions. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion and knowledge sharing. It clearly emphasis the commitment of the partners and their willingness to contribute to something meaningful and with a high legacy potential.

Specific attention was also given to the project timeline and requirements as well as the research phase and the potential sharing of resources.
As for the Research phase, it was agreed that it will gather a collection of good practices of case studies (25 including 15 from EU) as well as a report in the academic review. Partners will be collating good practices from March to May 2017.
Last but not least, it was agreed that the partners will meet again in August 2017 to sign-off the


Equal access and inclusion in sport have been high on the EU agenda since 2007. In the light of the well-known participation gap between men and women, boys and girls  in sport around the EU, the European Us Girls project could serve as a pioneer in long-term perspective, offering a solution for tackling heads on the issue of gender inequality in grassroots sport, when it comes to facilitate the training of young women to be peer educators in grassroots sport. EOSE is a proud partner of the project and is in particular responsible of the Education and Learning package.

Other partners of the project – led by StreeGames- are the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), the Italian Union of Sport for All (UISP), the Volunteer for Sport Foundation (V4Sport) and Women Win.


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