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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. With only one in five women doing enough physical activity to stay healthy in the UK, we must get more girls and women to feel like sport and physical activity can offer them something which will actively improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

Project 500 is a collaborative Coach Development initiative across the South East region involving Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, Sport Hampshire & IOW (SHIOW), 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 project is to recruit, develop and deploy 500 hundred female coaches across the seven South East counties between April 2013 and March 2015.

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

  • Funding opportunities
  • 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 click on the link below to register and we'll be in touch shortly. We look forward to supporting you!

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. 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. The Awards are supported by De Vere Hotels and England Rugby

In Oxfordshire we currently have 138 coaches registered. Of these, 64 have received funding and or attended subsidised continuing professional development (CPD) workshops. A total of £6105 has been accessed in coaching grants across 13 sports – Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country Skiing, Equestrian, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Softball, Rugby Union, Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.

Project 500 South East update

Project 500 – Year 1 evaluation across the 7 counties in the South East.

Key achievements from the first year include:

  • against an overall target of 500 female coaches over two-years, 264 coaches have been supported in Year 1 across 37 different sports
  • over a third of the coaches supported so far (35%, 96 coaches) said they were unqualified when they first registered on the project. Of these, a quarter (24 coaches) are now qualified at either Level 1 (71%) or Level 2 (29%)
  • 34 coaches who were qualified at registration have been upskilled to a higher qualification level. The majority (74%) have moved from Level 1 to Level 2

Read the final evaluation report prepared by the Research Team at sports coach UK Project 500 website with links to blogs and Project 500 coach profiles: http://project500.org.uk/

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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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