The GAMES project continues to proceed as scheduled with the fifth deliverable “National Action Plans” being submitted to the Executive Agency (EACEA) in June 2023.

The National Action Plans are strategic documents that define concrete objectives and actions of each partner National Olympic Committee (NOC) to improve gender equality in sports leadership. Accordingly, each National Action Plan sets the vision, core objectives, main actions, and specific tactics to boost gender equality in the leadership of the NOC and among its member federations.

Therefore, the National Action Plan should be understood as an “ambitious yet achievable” roadmap to guide the NOCs and their member organisations through key interventions to create structural and cultural changes whilst establishing pathways for women to enhance gender equality in sport governance/leadership. Yet the National Action Plans are designed taking into consideration the stage of readiness, operational capacity, and national context of each NOC and its member organisations.

Each NOC’s National Action Plan has already been approved or is foreseen to be approved by the NOC’s leadership within autumn 2023; accordingly, all partner NOCs’ National Action Plans are designed to be implemented from 2023 onwards. Therefore, the National Action Plans should be understood also as “living documents” which continues evolving to reach the set target in terms of gender equality also beyond the project timeframe.

More information about each NOC’s National Action Plan is expected to be published on the GAMES website ( during July and August 2023. Furthermore, each NOC is going to present its National Action Plans during the National Launching Events scheduled in their respective countries throughout 2023. In this regard, the National Launching Event aims to further promote knowledge and information regarding NOC’s National Action Plan while further informing member organisations, relevant national/regional sport organisations, as well as policy makers and civil society on gender equality in sport governance.

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

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. 

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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