Each participant will be assigned a personal mentor, who will work with them over the project period (and hopefully beyond) and assist them with personal advice and support for their work and advancement.
The role of the Mentors
Mentors will be expected to provide:
- Personal support to participants
- Guidance in networking
- A sympathetic ear
Key skills requirements:
- Gender sensitivity
- Understanding of Europe and the European sports structure
- Experience of policy making within sport
- Leadership skills and the ability to guide participants
Work of the Mentor
The first stage of work between mentors and participants will be to look at the participant’s personal development plan and to agree key objectives and aims, both for the period of the WILD programme and beyond.
The mentor will also be expected to meet with their participants a minimum of twice a year.Depending on the individuals, this could be at the European Networking Event or the national training day.At these meetings, the participants’ personal development plans will be discussed, revised if necessary and suggestions made for next steps.
Participants will also have the opportunity to email, telephone or use webcams to speak to their mentors regarding specific issues.Mentors will also be encouraged to invite participants to events or meetings that may be useful for their work or development.
Although participants will be expected to work primarily with their personal mentor, the situation may arise where another mentor could offer an invitation or advice much required by a participant.To facilitate such requirements, there will be a list of mentors, their specific skills and their contact details on the WILD website.