About Project 500

Whether you’re a new or experienced coach, or are just interested, we’re here to support you on your coaching journey.

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.

You can connect with us on social media where you can also join in our weekly discussions all about women in sport.

Twitter: @femalecoaches                   There is also a weekly discussion #womenswednesday

Facebook: Project 500 – More Women Better Coaching

 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

3 thoughts on “About Project 500

  1. Hello my family member! I wish to say that this article is awesome, great written and come with almost all significant infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

  2. Hi
    I’m currently studying my level 3 sport at Bca college and coach football at local primary schools.
    I’m crb checked and doing my level 1 in may. I’ve done my refereeing course and enjoy all sports. I play football for ascot utd ladies who became county champs this weekend (with my 90th minute goal!) I’ve also represented GB in softball .
    I am interested in getting more involved in coaching and wondered if you could help me
    Kind regards

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