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Project 500 aims to help address the imbalance of female to male coaches by recruiting, developing, deploying and retaining 500 female coaches. Research from sports coach UK shows that just 30% of sports coaches are female and of newly qualified coaches each year, only 17% are women.
Project 500 was launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, and has gone from strength-to-strength ever since. The initial two-year pilot successfully recruited and retained 500 female coaches across a variety of sports and saw the most coaches engaged come from Sussex, closely followed by Berkshire.
Due to the success of the pilot in the South East, sports coach UK announced the launch of Project 3000 as a nationwide initiative based on the Project 500 model. It is predicted that Project 3000 will have an impact on around 50,000 women in sport.
Project 500 was developed by Active Surrey, Active Sussex, Bucks and Milton Keynes Sports Partnership (LEAP), Get Berkshire Active, Kent Sport, Oxfordshire Sport Partnership and Sport Hampshire & IOW (SHIOW), supported by sports coach UK.
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Twitter: @femalecoaches There is also a weekly discussion #womenswednesday
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Watch Project 500 in action
In May 2015, Hampshire welcomed Judy Murray to deliver Miss Hits to females from Hampshire and the surrounding counties. Devised by Judy Murray, Miss Hits is aimed at inspiring girls aged 5 to 8 to get involved in tennis in a fun, lively, all-girl environment. Sitting in-line with Project 500’s goals and target audience it is hoped it will be rolled out more widely as a result of the Hampshire event. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb7kGDJ6QxQ&feature=youtu.be
Project 500 Ambassador, Wendy Russell, has successfully launched the first deaf hockey programme of its kind in the country through Sportivate funding. Watch the video to find out more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/get-inspired/32162328