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“Réussir au féminin” by the French Handball Federation

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The French Handball Federation is making women leaders a priority in the implementation of its feminization plan. In this sense, the Training and Employment Institute of FFHandball offers the training “Réussir au féminin’ (the Women way to success) in collaboration with the association Femix’Sports.

Brief outline of the initiative

Organized for the first time in April 2016, this two-day module aims to support the manager in taking responsibility for content based on personal development. The trainee responsible for a league, a committee or a club will then strengthen her commitment within the sports movement while placing herself in a dynamic of evolution and change.

In response to a real need identified by the territorial referents of the feminization plan, this training led by experts from Femix’Sports addresses the following elements:

  • Resistance to change
  • Behaviour frameworks
  • Listening and communication principles
  • Principles of motivation
  • To know how to assert oneself, to know how to say no
  • Teamwork, characteristics of a group
  • Managerial skills and conflict management

The Prerequisites to join such training are:

  • To be currently or in the future involved in leadership, volunteer or professional or professional, referee or coach.
  • To be willing to be actively involved in self-knowledge and communication and communication

2 days


Once a year


French Handball Federation + Regional League + Contribution by the participants


330 euros per participant + travel costs

Key elements


Women only

Country of origin


Country/Region of implementation


Number of participants

15 to 20

Core objective of the Programme

☒ Women empowerment (identifying barriers and working on strengths, creating a community)
☐ Supporting organizational change (strategy for developing diversity, implementation of specific policies, support to change makers)
☐ Allies buy-in and support (mentors, men championing)
☐ External Scrutiny (Pledge board, Indicators, celebration of success…)
☐ Other => Please specify:

Actions implemented

☐ Internal Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for a safe workplace with equal rights
☐ Commitment of men - please specify: 20% men included in the program
☐ Personal development training
☒ Role model highlighted
☐ Networking (women network, men network or mixed)
☐ Mentoring (unique or mixed gender, please specify)
☒ Coaching (ability to inspire and grow people/Foster emulation/ Being influential)
☐ Events (sharing with other companies) - please specify:
☐ Other - please specify:


☒ Online e-learning Module
☐ Online seminar
☒ Workshops
☐ Conference
☐ Self-Assessment tool
☐ Consolidated educational/training programme
☐ Other, please specify:

Identified Key Success Factors

- Support from a specialized external organisation
- Adaptation of the programme at regional level

Transferable bites/elements


"This training is very enriching and has opened my eyes to my role as a leader. my eyes on my role as a leader. It helps us to find a goal and allows us to build our own personal journey."

By participants

"The exchanges between trainees were rich and we were able to discover the functioning of each other in their structure, we received advice from the speakers and the other trainees. In short, we came away with the feeling that we could take on a real role within our structure because we were given tools that we put into practice during the weekend through role plays!"

By participants

Source of information: Online documentation

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