Project 500

We support women of all ages and at all levels to thrive in sports coaching through Project 500.

In 2013, we teamed up with the six other Active Partnerships in the South East of England to get 500 more women into coaching.

The initial two-year pilot recruited and retained 530 female coaches. Since then, the project has grown from strength to strength.

Many years later, we’re still providing bursaries to help more women get into coaching.

Why female coaches?

There are fewer female coaches in England than male. Of those who are coaching, only 38% of women have a formal qualification.

Similarly, fewer women than men do enough physical activity to maintain good health.

Female coaches play a vital role in encouraging more women and girls to get involved in physical activity and sport. So we are passionate about helping women to become and remain coaches.

Project 500 bursaries and support

We offer bursaries to help female coaches gain coaching qualifications. Take a look at our funding page for details.

You can also access workshops, events and podcasts through the Project 500 network. Join the Project 500 coaching community on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest news.

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