Project 500

More Women Better Coaching

Only 30% of coaches are female but we are changing that!

Whether a parent, grandparent, nurse, office worker, teacher or student, women help others to learn new skills, develop and grow as people. So we know that women are already ‘coaching’ in their everyday lives, but only 30% of coaches delivering physical activity are women. 

Project 500 is addressing the imbalance in the number of male and female coaches helping people move. The project supports, educates and encourages women who are starting or continuing their coaching journey across movement, physical activity, and sport.  

So whether you’re just starting out, head coach at a club or own your own business delivering activities in your community, Project 500 can help your personal development.

Project 500 is a regional initiative across the South East of England that has been active since 2013 and aims to recruit, develop and retain more women in coaching.

How can we support you? 

  1. You can stay up to date with all things Project 500, by following us on Twitter and/or Facebook.
  2. Want to stay on top of your game? Click here to sign up to updates from Leap about Coach support available in Bucks & MK.  
  3. Want to improve your knowledge, skills & behaviours? The Leap Coaching Rucksack is a resource to help the coaching workforce deliver more inclusive and accessible sessions.  

Click here to find out more about the Project 500 journey so far.

For more information around the benefits of Project 500 in Bucks please contact Shay Fenlon sfenlon@leapwithus.org.uk or call 01296 585604.

Are you based in Milton Keynes? We have funding to provide additional support for females based in MK who are helping people to be active or want to support more people be active.  

  • Do you want to connect with other females and inspire people to be active?
  • Are you passionate about creating a community of like minded females all empowering each other to flourish?
  • Are you thinking about developing your knowledge, skills & behaviours? If so you are you’re in the right place

We have been awarded funding by Sport England to create a local coaching community in Milton Keynes that provides support, development opportunities and a safe place for female coaches, leaders, instructors, and activators to flourish. No previous experience of coaching is necessary. 

How we can support you? 

  • Training opportunities – We can help you gain coaching qualifications via financial support and provide you with access to other relevant training opportunities to support you to help get and keep people active. 
  • Mentoring – Access 1-1 mentoring support from Leap’s MK Coaching Developer Portia Simond, who will help you develop new ideas and approaches to improve your coaching 
  • Likeminded network – Join a community of like-minded women based across MK who are passionate about developing themselves and others to provide great physical activity experiences and in turn encourage more residents across MK to be active 

Project 500 in Milton Keynes is led by Leap’s MK Coaching Developer Portia Simond, find out more about Portia below: 

Click here to read ‘5 minutes with Portia Simond’ – Leap’s MK Coaching Developer  

For more information around the benefits of Project 500 in MK please contact Portia Simond portia.simond@leapwithus.org.uk or call 07887745705.