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Strengthening good governance in the European sport community by providing women with necessary competencies in order to support gender balance and equality in decision-making in sport structures
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The National Olympic Committees of Croatia, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and Slovakia have joined their efforts to contribute to the European overall aim of achieving a full gender balance in the representation in decision-making positions in sport governing bodies by 2020. The collaborative partnership is focusing on developing a network of National Olympic Committees that is going to serve as a platform for sustainable national sport management training programmes and mentoring systems for future female leaders in sport, on educating and improving their competencies in order to prepare them for more demanding positions in sport, and on promoting gender balance and raising gender awareness and commitment to gender mainstreaming for board members and personnel in leading positions in sport.According to the findings of the needs analysis in participating countries, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions within sport organisations. The most prominent barriers identified by the project partners were the lack of networking opportunities for women in sport, perceptions of women as less qualified than men and gender stereotyping that prevents women from being hired into positions of more responsibility, as well as a lack of opportunities for women to participate in education and training that can develop their management and leadership skills.Project partners have developed the project to tackle those problems and support women in sport. One of the key activities of the project is a sport management training programme. Besides developing individual competencies of women in sport, the purpose of the sport management training programme is to create a European learning community of future female leaders in sport. Furthermore, participants of the training will transfer, apply and adapt theoretical principles to their own sport organisations, which will establish them as leaders in their sport organisations.

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