Training Programme

 Sport management and leadership training programme

The training programme, implemented by a collaborative partnership of National Olympic Committees and industry experts, is an initiative to increase competencies of women in the European world of sports in order to prepare them for more demanding positions in sport. During the 8 month training programme, participants will increase their competencies and their potential to implement changes in their sport organisations, and they will become part of a learning community of (future) female leaders in sport.

This innovative programme is co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union. The training programme contributes to the EU’s goals concerning the equality between women and men as a key principle behind the good governance of sport organisations. Overall, the project SUCCESS contributes to the European aim of achieving a full gender balance in the representation in decision-making positions in sport governing bodies by 2020.

Programme overview

The training programme is designed to support the development of female leaders in sport organisations. Participants also benefit from becoming part of a learning community of female leaders in sport.

During the 8 month training programme, participants are engaged in deep exploration of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities as they analyse their sport organisations and use newly acquired theoretical and practical insights to provide recommendations for improvements on the functioning of their own sport organisations.

The learning methodology involves analysing, peer knowledge-sharing, practical exercises and reflections on the content learned in-class. Learning outcomes are related to the day-to-day realities and challenges of each participant. The learning process is enhanced through participant-oriented discussions that unlock the existing skills and experiences within the group.

Participants will have mentors to support them during the development of analysis and case studies related to their own sport organisations. Mentoring enhances the learning process for participants.

Before the beginning of the training programme, participants complete a self-assessment multiple-choice test to provide trainers’ with indicators of their strengths and weaknesses and allow them to prepare a tailor-made learning content that is addressing their needs.

The training programme is based on developing key management and leadership skills.

The training programme consists of three parts with two sessions being delivered in-class which enables interaction with peers, transfer of knowledge and experiences between participants and networking opportunities. Between two in-class sessions, participants analyse their own sport organisations and develop case studies based on theoretical concepts learned in- and out-of-class with a support of their mentors.


The training programme is designed for volunteers and paid staff in leadership positions and top executive positions in sport organisations. Participants are already established in their roles and have been identified for senior level advancement by their own sport organisations. Exceptionally, women who are already in decision-making positions at the lower levels in sport organisations can also participate in the training programme if they have exceptional leadership potential and are supported by senior leaders in their sport organisation i.e. they are planning on promoting them in the near future. See the full list of selected participants here: list-of-participants-experts-and-metors