Sports Students as Mentors to Improve Educational Attainment among Boys

The ‘SSaMs’ (Sports Students as Mentors) Project is an exciting new initiative which aims to prevent early school leaving and to improve educational attainment among boys through the mentoring capabilities of sports students.  The National Centre for Men’s Health in the Institute of Technology Carlow is working alongside the University of Gloucestershire (UK), University of Thessaly (Greece), Palacký University (Czech Republic), University of Murcia (Spain) and CESIE (Italy) to develop gender-sensitive resources for use within Higher Education Institutes.  These will: (a) enhance the knowledge of undergraduate sports students with regard to working with young males; and (b) enable sport students to provide mentoring support in future vocational settings involving work with young males to motivate them to stay at school. To find out more, visit: