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New study to boost representation of women in coaching (Europe)

A Leeds Beckett University academic will be the key European expert for a new study into gender-specific education schemes for sports coaches and how these can help to boost the representation of women in coaching.

Dr Leanne Norman, Senior Research Fellow in the Carnegie School of Sport, will work closely with leading research and consultancy company, Ecorys, on the European Council research study into the mapping and analysis of education schemes for coaches from a gender perspective, across Europe.

Dr Norman’s role will be as key European expert, which will involve identifying and connecting the team to relevant sources, stakeholders and coach education schemes, undertaking consultations with sport stakeholders in the UK and at a European level, carrying out a number of detailed reviews of schemes, and reviewing reporting.

Dr Norman explained: “While there have been several recommendations and resolutions promoting gender equality in all aspects of sport policy at all levels, women still face barriers when entering both amateur and professional sport. Women tend to be a minority in leadership positions in all sports, at all levels, and across all countries, with the exception of women-only sports. The unequal ratio between men and women is not only seen in executive leadership positions, but also particularly prevalent in coaching.



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