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Project 500

The Project 500 campaign aims to address the imbalance between the number of male to female coaches.

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. It has seen hundreds of female coaches recruited, developed and deployed across the seven South East counties. Project 500 doesn’t stop there, further plans are being developed to continue building on its success and be at forefront of female coaching.

Project 500 is an initiative created and delivered by Active Sussex, Active Surrey, Leap, Get Berkshire Active, Kent Sport, Energise Me and Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.

Read more about the Coaching Community project here or watch the video from our Sussex Project 500 Champions below.

Click here to sign up to the Project 500 Sussex Coaching Community.

Join the Sussex Project 500 Coaching Community Facebook Page 

Sussex Coaching Community Sessions

Upcoming event:

Stanmer Park Summer walk and talk (details TBC)

Previous events:

Sustaining YOUR Sussex Project 500 Network: Wednesday, March 27 at the Amex Stadium, Brighton). Read about the event here.

2 x fully funded, female only Inclusive Activity Programme workshops:

  • Thursday, October 19 2023
  • Tuesday, November 7 2023

Midweek Mingle @ the Malmaison: Thursday, March 16 2023. Read about the event here. 

Coaches Connect: Thursday, September 29 2022 at the Amex Stadium, Brighton

This was an opportunity for female coaches across the county the chance to come together, share ideas and gain inspiration to continue their trailblazing work.

Coach Wellbeing: Monday, February 28 2022 6-7pm (virtual)

This session focussed on coach wellbeing with the inspirational Learning and People Development expert Liz Burkinshaw utilising innovative sketch noting concept to help unlock new ideas for your wellbeing and coaching.


Meet our Project 500 Champions

In Sussex, our Project 500 Champions will be leading the creation of the Coaching Community for female coaches. Meet the Sussex Project 500 Champions, read their stories below and watch their case study videos.

Hear from our Project 500 Champions

Find out why our three champions are passionate about encouraging more females into coaching.

Nick Chellel

Strategic Workforce Officer

Nick is the Strategic Workforce Officer for Active Sussex, leading on workforce development for Active Sussex and the implementation of the Workforce Delivery Plan. Nick leads on projects such as the Workforce Investment Fund, Coach Core and Project 500, and is also the CYP Safeguarding Lead Officer for Active Sussex.

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