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Project 500

What is Project 500?

Project 500 is a campaign to address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport

Project 500 is a collaborative Coach Development initiative across the South East region involving Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, Energize Me (Sport Hampshire & IOW), LEAP (Bucks and Milton Keynes Sports Partnership), Get Berkshire Active, Active Surrey, Active Sussex, Kent Sport and Physical Activity Service and sports coach UK. The aim of the original project was to recruit, develop and deploy 500 hundred female coaches across the seven South East counties between April 2013 and March 2015. This target was exceeded and the Project continues...

What this means in Oxfordshire is that since the launch of the scheme back in March 2013 - 186 female coaches have registered, 70 have received funding towards NGB Awards or have attended subsidised continuing professional development (CPD) workshops and Networking events. Almost £7K has been allocated in coaching grants. A wide range of coaches have benefited from the following sports :- Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country Skiing, Synchronised Swimming, Equestrian, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Power Lifting, Softball, Rugby Union, Tennis, and Wheelchair Basketball.

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Who is the project for and what does it offer?

Project 500 is for all female coaches, whatever the level or experience. Once registered, you will be contacted about opportunities happening in Oxfordshire

  • Access to subsidised 'In the Zone' Workshops and CPD workshops
  • Access to training needs analysis and personal development plans
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Networking forums
  • Sharing best practice through coach observations

How do I sign up?

Easy! Just email Vicki Kabiru vkabiru@oxford.gov.uk to register your interest and put Project 500 in the subject box

Project 500 wins National Award

Female Coaching project wins national award Project 500 - a programme designed to increase the number of female coaches working in the South East, and driving the growth of females playing sport - is the winner of the 'Good to Great' County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) Impact Awards 2014. The seven South East County Sports Partnerships: Sport Hampshire & IOW (SHIOW), Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, Leap, Get Berkshire Active, Active Surrey, Active Sussex & Kent Sport launched Project 500 in April 2013, with the aim to have recruited 500 new female coaches across the South East by April 2015. Project 500 is supported by a number of national sports organisations including Sport England, sports coach UK and the Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation. The inaugural CSP Network Awards, held on Monday 16 March at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, were designed to reward excellent CSP projects that show national reach and local impact. Project 500 was the winning project out of 30 projects submitted for consideration.

Project 500 South East update

Female Coaches Connect, Share and Develop

On Saturday 29 April 2017, more than 75 female coaches, guests and speakers attended the first ever Female Coaching Conference open to all sports, all levels and all nationalities at Surrey Sports Park, England.

Working in partnership with the Female Coaching Network (FCN)*, Project 500: More Women, Better Coaching* offered female coaches the opportunity to hear from Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey coach Karen Brown and one of only a few women to hold the Uefa Football Pro-licence, Lois Fidler.

Karen spoke passionately about the importance of self-reflection for players, coaches and support staff whilst Lois spoke openly about her journey in football and her lasting comment to the conference was 'feel the fear and do it anyway'.

The day included workshops delivered by the FCN on speed development, postural analysis, mobility for warm ups and the online world. The day concluded with a panel of five women from across the South East, who discussed their experiences as coaches and passionately spoke of the reasons why they love coaching. Despite closing at 5pm coaches were still networking with each other two hours later.

Delegates were invited to 'keep connected' through a series of webinars to build upon conference topics, online platforms, #womenswednesday discussions and informal coaching chit chat sessions in their local area.

Feedback from the delegates on the day was overwhelmingly positive and social media activity was awash with comments using the hashtag #FemaleCoach2017.

'I enjoyed the workshops and loved talking to other sports/females about coaching and experiences'

'Reassuring to have such honest talks from female coaches in sport, it was great to have the opportunity to learn, interact and network'

'Great event, please do more… can we have two days next year?'

*Project 500: More Women, Better Coaching is a regional initiative developed by seven County Sports Partnerships in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex. Twitter: @femalecoaches, facebook - Project500uk

*Female Coaching Network (FCN) is the leading global community of female coaches who support, drive and influence real change in sports diversity.

Twitter: @femalecn, website: www.femalecoachingnetwork.com

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For more information contact:

Denise Brown

Denise Brown

Coaching Development Officer

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

Denise leads on monitoring coaching opportunities around Oxfordshire linking coaches to development opportunities and local clubs. She also oversees the South East England's Project 500 throughout Oxfordshire aimed to encourage and promote female coaching in sport. Denise also works to ensure OxSPA are providing a quality and valuable service to coaches around Oxfordshire, offering them support and investigating continuous ways to improve coaching provisions.

01865 252689 / 07899 914390

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