Funded by the Sport action of the Erasmus+ programme, the project “European Women in Sport – For an adaptive governance of women’s sports practices” (E-WinS) aims to promote and accelerate the feminization of Sport in European cultures through developing awareness and understanding on the specific problematics women encounter in their sport careers. It means to bring more visibility to women athletes in Europe and to help improve their role and impact in sport governance.
A main goal of this project is indeed to demonstrate how important it is to have women involved in club’s governance, in coaching and training and as professional or amateur athletes, and how important it is to understand and adapt the decision making in sport to women’s characteristics. The development and implementation of good practices responding to those aspects will be an important part of this project.
In order to answer those objectives, the project will focus on three working axes: the economic model and the daily organisation of women in sport; the development and management of women’s sports performance; and the communication practices for a better visibility of women in sport, which will be developed during the project through relevant activities.
In order to stay focused and thus bring this project to a successful conclusion, we have chosen football as our entry point, while at the same time having other sporting practices in perspective.
First, surveys will be disseminated in sport clubs to better understand which implemented good practices would be most relevant to our project. Then innovative tools will be developed and implemented in sport clubs in order to raise awareness on women’s specificities in sport, help understand how to include them and finally how to best support women in practising sport. Sharing of good practices is at the heart of this project and it will lead to the creation of a Women’s Observatory of the feminization of Sport in European cultures and structure thus in a sustainable way this sharing of good practices.
“We are born to be happy, not to be perfect.”Simona Petkova, female Bulgarian player