European survey of female sport officials



European survey of female sport officials

The main aim of the EU funded WINS project ( is to address gender equity in sport officiating – across all sports – by undertaking comprehensive research activities into the issues surrounding female sport off­icials and producing practical solutions which can support organisations responsible for their recruitment, retention and development.

The first ever Europe-wide survey of female sport officials, delivered as part of WINS, is now closed with a total of 3248 responses having been submitted from countries all over Europe and the world, and from a wide range of different sports. The most responses were received from countries including England, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy and Belgium. The most common sports of respondents were athletics, basketball, hockey, volleyball, archery, rowing, handball and badminton. The survey was open from October to December 2021.

The analysis of the results of the survey will now be carried out by the WINS research lead partner, the University of Portsmouth. The data gathered on topics such as recruitment, retention, abuse, support, and mentoring will inform the outputs of the WINS project and be of value to everyone involved in sport officiating when the Research Report is published later in 2022.

The next phase of the WINs research is a series of interviews with those responsible for recruitment and retention of female sport officials in national and European sport federations.

In addition to the completion of the WINS Research Report the other activities of the project for 2022 include the creation of a Compendium of Good Practice Case Studies in relation to engagement of female sport officials and an online toolkit of advice and tools for recruitment and retention of female officials.

The WINS partners met for the second time on the 15th of November 2021 to discuss progress with the research phase of the project and plan the work programme for each project output.

2022 is the second year of the WINS project with a range of tasks and activities planned towards the completion of the innovative WINS outputs to support engagement of female sport officials and promote gender equity in sport.

Ben Gittus from EOSE, the coordinator of the WINS project said “following the fantastic response to the online survey we look forward to seeing the results and analysis provided by the University of Portsmouth and sharing the results with the sector. The research phase has been crucial to create an evidence base and lay the foundations for the WINS project outputs which will support gender equity  and improve the recruitment, retention and engagement of female sport officials at all levels across Europe”.

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> Full list of partners: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE); International Federation for Sports Officials (IFSO); Association Française du Corps Arbitral Multisports (AFCAM); Sports Officials UK (SOUK); European Athletics; European Hockey Federation (EHF); Dutch Olympic Committee * Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF); University of Portsmouth; National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” (NSA).


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