The EOC EU Office is pleased to coordinate the new Erasmus+ project named “Guidance to Achieve More Equal leadership in Sport” (GAMES)

The EOC EU Office is the representation of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and other major sports organisations at the national, European and international levels to the European institutions. These partners include both Olympic (i.e. International Olympic Committee, European Olympic Committees, National Olympic Committees) and Olympic sports federations - at international, European and national levels - and non-Olympic sports organisations (i.e. national sports confederations).

In terms of gender equality, the EOC EU Office has been an active contributor in the different discussions at the EU level, e.g. being involved in the previous Group of Experts (2013), which drafted the Gender Equality in Sport - Strategic Actions 2014-2020 document, participating in various Expert Group discussions on the topic, and currently being involved in the High-Level Group on Gender Equality in Sport in the role of accompanying person.

Within the GAMES project, the EOC EU Office – as a project coordinator – is responsible to oversee the entire project cycle through a set of transparent project management and decision-making procedures. Accordingly, this is responsible to monitoring and evaluating the day-to-day tasks and overall performance of the project as well as the communication among the consortium and relevant stakeholders. It devises the communication and dissemination strategy in order to involve relevant sports stakeholders and raise public awareness of gender equality in leadership positions. Hence, the EOC EU Office is responsible for guaranteeing the quality and timely implementation of all project activities and consortium interactions, as well as cost-effective financial management throughout the project’s lifetime.

GAMES is a 24-month project, which focuses on improving gender equality in the key leadership and decision-making positions of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) by promoting structural changes in their governance, enhancing the understanding of the existing cultural barriers and encouraging the NOCs to work with their member federations to create a sustainable change.

Most remarkably, GAMES will produce a “Pool of Actions” which will include best practices on gender equality in sport, with the ultimate aim of further promoting concrete knowledge and procedures in the realm of gender equality among all European NOCs and national federations.

Hence, the EOC EU Office is going to implement the GAMES project together with 8 NOCs (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, North Macedonia and Turkey) and renowned experts in the field of gender equality and good governance, including Professor Emerita Kari Fasting from Equal Rights in Sport and I TRUST Sport. Furthermore, the International Olympic Committee will also act as a key player in terms of promoting and disseminating the project deliverables across all NOCs worldwide.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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