TheGAMES consortium recently submitted its sixth deliverable, the “GAMES Pool of Actions”, a manual of concrete actions to promote gender equality in leadership positions among the European NOCs.

The GAMES Pool of Actions comprises a set of recommendations and measures designed to address structural and cultural barriers that perpetuate gender inequalities in the leadership of sports organisations. It is organized into 3 pillars (structural measures, pathways for women, culture), covering a wide range of topics (9) across the pillars such as: equal representation, term limits, election procedures, recruitment processes, women’s development, mentoring programs, organizational influence, communication, barrier removal, and fostering a gender-inclusive culture, along with financial considerations. Additionally, it incorporates specific advocacy strategies under each of the three pillars to secure the necessary support, such as resources, for implementing the actions.

The GAMES Pool of Actions encompasses 24 recommendations from IOC and/or EU institutions; accordingly, 38 actions are divided between “fundamental” and “additional” while set of monitoring indicators to assess the outcomes resulting from the implementation of the recommended actions are also available. In addition, the Pool of Actions is fully aligned with the High-Level Group on Gender Equality in Sport (2022) recommendations as it includes the 8 transversal topics, as well as 45 illustrative examples for each “fundamental action” and transversal topics. Annexes with additional examples and a glossary of the key terminology is also included.

A “shorter version” of the Pool of Actions was also created to be easily disseminated among relevant stakeholders. Likewise, an Executive summary, and Questions & Answers Brief were created to duly complement the Pool of Actions while facilitating the dissemination and adoption of the recommended actions.

The GAMES Pool of Actions is available in the printable version (long and short) and online version at 

There is a shared agreement on the quality and diversity of the best practices identified and the transferability and applicability of the Pool of Actions among several sports stakeholders (+91%) which mentioned that the content seemed transferable to other contexts and applicable beyond the project lifetime. Hence, should you be interested in hearing more about the GAMES Pool of Actions, do not miss out on the GAMES Final Conference scheduled as a hybrid event in Brussels on the 8th of March 2024.

Background information on GAMES project.

The GAMES project is a 24-month project co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Sport Programme 2021 and coordinated by the EOC EU Office. It promotes integrity and good governance in sports by advocating for structural and cultural changes regarding gender equality in leadership and decision-making positions among NOCs and their member federations. The EOC EU Office is implementing GAMES 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 Sports and I TRUST Sport. Furthermore, the GAMES project is supported by the International Olympic Committee. 

Stay tuned with the progress of the project via the GAMES website and the Twitter account!

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.

2023 Olympic Solidarity and NOC Services Annual Report ( mentions #GAMES and its value in supporting @teambelgium in setting up a National Action Plan and a Gender Equality Commission to boost gender equality and women’s participation in sports”

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