SSaMs – Training Sports Students as Mentors to Improve the Educational Attainment of Boys and Young Men


  • To enhance knowledge and skills of undergraduate sports students to enable them to provide mentoring support for boys and young men who are underachieving at school;
  • To assist in reducing Early School Leaving amongst boys and young men;
  • To support the engagement of HEIs with local communities and further integrate with local education and informal youth and community education schemes;
  • To provide a foundation for further work with boys and young men and complement existing academic work among HEIs partners.


  • Increased skills and knowledge (and employability) of undergraduate sport students trained in gender-sensitive mentoring;
  • Increased understanding of ESL and practical, gender sensitive mentoring work with boys and young men and new training resources to teach sports students made available;
  • Strengthen the link between the project HEI/NGO with local organisations, schools and the local community in each country;
  • Increased awareness of national and international HEIs, stakeholders, policy makers of SSaMs aims and potential in assisting in reducing rates of ESL.


  • Development of a needs analysis on gendered mentoring and work on ESL addressed to HEIs offering degrees within Faculties of Sport and Exercise;
  • Elaboration, piloting and evaluation of gender specific SSaMs Learning Material to inform sport students how to mentor young men and provide gender sensitive support on ESL;
  • Creation of the SSaMs Train the Trainer materials;
  • Development of the SSaMs Project and Pilot Evaluation Report.


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Date of project

01/11/2017 – 31/12/2019

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