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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.

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Sussex Coaching Community Sessions

Fully funded, female only Inclusive Activity Programme workshops:

  • Thursday 19th October 5.30-8.30pm (rearranged from original date of Tuesday 17th October)
  • Tuesday 31st October 9.30am-12.30pm (No longer taking place on this date. New date for workshop to be confirmed ASAP)


Previous events:

Midweek Mingle @ the Malmaison: Thursday 16th March 2023 10.30am-12.30pm (Malmaison, Brighton Marina)

Another opportunity for the Sussex Project 500 Coaching Community to come together to connect, share, and learn. Aligned to Project 500’s 10th Birthday celebrations, the focus of this meeting will be celebrating female coaching and supporting each other.

Coaches Connect: Thursday 29 September 2022 10.30am-12.30pm (Amex Stadium, Brighton)  

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 28 February 2022 6-7pm (virtual)

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 and read their stories below.

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.