European Women in Sport: For adaptative governance of women’s sports practices - E-WinS

About this project

This project aims to promote and accelerate the feminisation of sport in European culture through developing awareness and understanding on the specific problematics women encounter in their sport careers. It aims to bring more visibility to women athletes in Europe and to raise awareness of the importance of women in sport practices and governance, helping in turn to improve their role and impact in these areas.

The E-WinS project is led by a multidisciplinary team of partners from universities and the sports world. The consortium will initially focus on football and then broaden its field of study to other sports.

In order to fulfil the aims of the project, consortium members are, via their networks, carrying out surveys in sport clubs to identify the good practices that would be most relevant to the project. Then they will develop innovative tools, including videos and quizzes, to be used in sport clubs to help them to integrate relevant new practices. They will then carry out interviews to gain insight into the experiences of users. It is hoped that all these activities will raise awareness around women’s specificities in sport, help understand how to include them in practice and finally define how best to support women in practicing sport.

Sharing of good practices is at the heart of this project and all the information collected will be made available via an observatory on the feminisation of sport in European cultures. This will offer those involved in European sport the possibility to interact and change practices when necessary.

Staffordshire University is participating in the project as a whole and is leading on the Best Practices work package, involving the preparation and distribution of surveys, the collection of results and putting together a database and report on good practices. As recognising good practice is key in promoting gender equality and inclusivity, the project fits in with the university’s inclusivity strategy and agenda. The project also supports the university’s strategic aim of research benefitting the community and transforming lives, regionally, nationally and globally through its provision of a platform and tools to highlight good practices in European countries regarding sports governance of females.

You can find more details about the project and its activities at the E-WinS website.

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Lead researcher

Dr Jacky Forsyth

Associate Professor

Jacky is an exercise physiologist. Her main priority and drive, in both research and teaching, is to promote, raise awareness and cultivate research and study on women in sport and exercise.

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Associated researchers

Dr Alexander Blackett

Senior Lecturer

Researcher in sport coaching, I consult with international sports organisations and national sports governing bodies to improve coach education, learning and development provision. I was awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services in 2017.

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Professor Christopher Gidlow

Professor Of Applied Health Research

Following an undergraduate in Applied Biology (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), I completed an MSc at in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health (University of Bristol).

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Collaborators and funding

The E-WinS project is coordinated by CY Cergy Paris Université, France in partnership with:

  • ILEPS, France

  • Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego, Poland

  • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain

  • National Sports Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria

  • KS Prądniczanka, Poland

  • FC Hertta, Finland

  • Little Miss Soccer, France

The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

 

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