Water GHaims e-course



Course title

Water Gh-aims, sport for all


Course description

This course is the result of the Water GH-aims (Gender Harmony games Eurocamp), an experimental European project within the Erasmus + Program involving Italy, Poland, Greece and Sweden. It promotes “equal access to sport for all”, tackling any form of intolerance and discrimination and focusing on gender equality.

The main purpose is to raise awareness on the necessity to guarantee equal opportunities in sport, offering coaches, instructors and sport managers a new educational and training approach to foster gender equality.

The course starts with a short presentation on the European funding Programme which supported the project and , allowed its realization: the Erasmus Plus- Sport Action.

Then, it offers and offers a basic knowledge of the main social dynamics linked to the differences between females and males.

In the e-learning path sport operators will also acquire specific competences and skills thanks a new module of Gender Equity Training (GET) tested on youth from 13 to 18 in Italy during the Water Ghaims Eurocamp week, in August 2018.


Knowledge domain

Social inclusion and gender equality in sport


Educational problem

The need to contrast the male chauvinistic mentality which causes social inequalities, preventing every form of stereotypes, prejudice, intolerance.

Gender stereotypes are preconceived ideas in which males and females are arbitrarily assigned to certain characteristics and roles and limited by their gender. Gender stereotypes can limit the development of natural talents and abilities of the individuals and, in particular, those of women. They are the cause of deeply rooted attitudes, hate speech, vices, norms and prejudices against women. Those stereotypes are often used to justify and maintain the historical power relations of men over women.

Through an inclusive and innovative approach to sport activities, instructors and coach can concur to fight against social inequalities, making young athletes aware that gender diversity is a resource


Course addressed to

This course is addressed to instructors, physical education teachers, coaches, voluntaries, sport managers and practitioners who usually face daily situations where gender diversity has to be correctly managed and supervised


Course type

Part time


Learning goals

•          to promote a new system for swimming and sport activities “gender related,” fighting against the predominant tendency to transmit the ideology of male supremacy over women and men

•          to offer theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to analyze, understand and manage every form of gender-based violence working with young generations

•          To make sport instructors aware of the influence of their roles in youth education, tackling any form of intolerance or discrimination and encouraging fair play together with social inclusion

•          To identify the best tools to be used when mainstreaming gender, developing specific strategies focused on the reinforcement of social positive behaviors

•          To trigger some changes into the sport training system and start a process of formalizing of the new gender-equality strategy tested, aiming at its institutionalization at different levels


Basic learning objectives

Basic learning objectives (4 up to 10)

-          To Improve knowledge and skills of sport operators, coaches, instructors and managers about gender equality good practices in sport

-          To know the specific psychological characteristics of young learners, according with their growth and cognitive development phase

-          To learn how to practice and organize sport activities devoid of stereotypes

-          to develop an inclusive approach to promote gender equality in sport


Course length

The course lasts 4/5 weeks and is divided into 4/5 modules. Every Monday you can start a new module. All the modules will remain opened until the end of the course.


Participation prerequisites

No prerequisites, just interest in gender equality and motivation to join the course


Special needs from the educational environment


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