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The Step Up Equality (SUE) Project is a three-year project funded by the European Commission, starting in January 2019 running until December 2021.

The main objective of this proposal is to promote gender equality and challenge gender-based discrimination in grassroots sport across Europe, through the cooperation and the exchange of best practices and expertise between different sports. Ultimately, the basic aim of the project is to push for much-needed towards an equal and more inclusive sport.





Umea, Sweden was the venue for the partners' kick-off meeting to kick start the three-year Step Up Equality project.

The meeting brought together the seven partners from six different countries to exchange ideas, formulate strategies and evaluate outputs and objectives for the Step Up Equality (SUE) project, as well as identifying the challenges to come in the year ahead and analysing the next steps, which including the setting up of a Steering Committee to co-ordinate key elements of the project.

Other upcoming outputs will include the preparation of training paths, a handbook of mapped good practices and analysis of a monitoring system for discrimination in grassroots sport. The project partners enjoyed two days of fruitful discussion in the north of Sweden and are looking ahead to a productive 2019!

Evaluation questionnaires

The Erasmus+ project Step Up Equality is requesting information to assess and evaluate the needs for training and stakeholder engagement to promote women’s leadership in sports in Europe.


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The project will target 5 specific objectives:

 1. Strengthen the specific skills of women currently active within grassroots sport organisations to navigate and challenge existing norms and structures and increase their influence and presence as trainers, coaches and managers and their visibility and appropriate coverage in media

 2. Increase awareness and mainstreaming of gender equality in sport, spreading examples of female leadership in sport and reducing gender stereotypes and other barriers that exclude women from leadership roles, producing impact and change from the grassroots level

3. Promote public sport initiatives and events to increase opportunities for engagement in sport activities of women from disadvantaged groups, promoting an exchange of skills, experiences and inspiration between women in sport

4. Prepare, test and promote a European system to report gender discrimination in grassroots sport

5. Increase networking and cooperation between women in coaching and leadership positions from mainstream sports (e.g. football and volleyball) and emerging sports (e.g. roller derby) in Europe.


The Step Up Equality project is co-ordinated by Girls in Sport and brings together the following seven partners from six countries:

 • Girls in Sport (Lead), Sweden

• Gea Coop Sociale, Italy

• Women Win, the Netherlands

• Associazione Nazionale Atlete (Assist), Italy

• Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Demokracji W Sporcie - Association Democracy in Sport, Poland

• Discover Football, Germany

• Fare Network

The project is an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission.