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South East female coaching project wins national award

South East female coaching project wins national award

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Project 500, an initiative created and delivered by Active Sussex, Active Surrey, Leap, Get Berkshire Active, Kent Sport, Energise Me and Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, has won a top prize at the 2018 UK Coaching Awards.

The groundbreaking and highly successful campaign, established in 2012, that addresses the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport in the South East, won the Transforming Coaching through Technology category. 

The innovative project, a previous winner at the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) Impact Awards, was recognised for the positive impact it has made online over the last 12 months, including work through Project 500 social media channels including  twitter and facebook.

Project 500 representatives were presented with the special accolade at the national showpiece annual event at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 29 November. 

Anthony Statham, Active Sussex Strategic Relationship Manager and one of the initial Project 500 founders, said: "It's a fantastic achievement and represents the hard work and dedication put in to engage female coaches. It's a very important project as it was developed to raise awareness and link coaches together in a innovative way of working.

"The campaign started with no funding but with a lot of resolve and drive it has grown from strength to strength and is making a real impact and difference."  

Caroline Drake, Project 500 Social Media and Communications Officer, added: "Supporting female coaches, whatever their stage of the coaching journey, is at the heart of what we do. We couldn't have done this without the support of County Sports Partnerships over the last five years. 
"We're looking forward to encouraging even more coaches to share their passion for sport in the future." 

Project 500 is also supported by a number of national sports organisations including Sport England, sports coach UK and the Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation. 

Full list of 2018 UK Coaching Awards winners HERE.

Check out the Project 500 Facebook page to see what’s happening and connect with other coaches. We look forward to supporting you!