In the EU, men exercise, play sport or engage in other physical activity more than women. The same inequalities exist in the number of women who are coaches or trainers, and in the number of women having leadership positions within sport club or organisations. One of the most important barriers preventing women in general from participating in physical activity is the lack of available childcare and the high cost of child-care.
FAMS aims at balancing the under-representation of women and mothers in sport, thus pursuing the promotion of employability through sport and the encouragement of social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport. In particular, FAMS aims at fostering gender equality in sports coaching and teaching and attaining equal representation and gender sensitivity in decision-making. In spite of some progress, discrepancies still exist in
terms of equal opportunities in some areas of sport. In this frame, FAMS aims at tackling the above-mentioned issues as well as providing concrete and efficient solutions to support mothers work-life balance and prevent the abandonment of sport by women.
- conduct a research aimed at identifying the educational needs of female sport amateur mothers in specific sectors connected with the sport field and mapping sectoral stakeholders such as educational providers, sport federations, sport managers, coaches and trainers and existent educational best practices regarding the abovementioned sectors;
- developing Technical Curricula specifically targeted at female amateur athletes mothers.
- create Training Formats based on the technical Curricula which will be tested through local programmes implemented by each partner organisation;
- develop a web-platform containing e-learning modules and video tutorials based on the curricula and a counselling APP providing psychological support and mentoring for female amateur athletes mothers who are dealing with discrimination and inequity at sport club.
SPOKI project aims to increase children’s involvement in sports by using SportKompas, a sport orientation method developed at Ghent University. The project aims to help children between 8 and 10 choose sports that align with their interests and abilities. SportKompas provides guidance, data for teachers, and insights for local governments and universities.
2024 has just begun and the first months of work for the I3-INSHAPE project are behind us. Co-funded by the EU, it aims to enhance the European digital economy by transforming the ClusSport Partnership recognized by the EU into a European competence centre for SME sports and vitality initiatives, accelerating interregional innovation investments and creating the I3-INSHAPE Network of Innovation and Investment Hubs.
In 2023, EPSI welcomed 37 new members, based in 21 different European countries. They include sport organizations, SMEs, industries, private and public entities, education and research institutions and associations.