From grassroots participation, involving ordinary European citizens at weekends, to elite international sport competitions followed by an audience of millions across the globe, sport would grind to a halt without sport officials.
The message is simple: NO SPORT OFFICIALS = NO SPORT.
But players and spectators also need sport officials who are representative of the wider population and provide role models for all aspiring young people.
WINS is a follow-on from the successful ONSIDE project which examined the role of sport officiating and developed new standards and educational products. One challenge that was identified by the ONSIDE research was gender equity.
Coordianated by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), the WINS project is innovative in its constitution as it brings various stakeholders such as universities, national and European sport federations, the Olympic movement and associations from several EU member States hence being a true partnership between education and employment to take forward the gender equality in sport in this key occupation.
This will ensure the development of outputs is aligned with the realities and expectation of the sector, and a high level of consultation and dissemination activities.