Feasibility Study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU

Feasibility Study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU

We are delighted to officially announce that a Consortium composed of the Olympic Chair in Management of Sports Organisations from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), and Sport and Citizenship (S&C) has been appointed by the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC) and to carry out a feasibility study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU.

The work has been awarded to the Consortium following an open call for tender (EAC/20/2012) and will be carried out over the next 8 months, finishing in October 2013.

The feasibility study aims to analyse current learning mobility opportunities in sport and then make detailed recommendations to help the European Commission to determine whether funding of sport learning mobility measures at the European level is necessary in future EU funding programmes. If this is deemed necessary by the Study, criteria and options on how the funding might be established, organised and structured will be put forward. The Study will provide an excellent opportunity for the Sport Sector to help shape this important aspect of European policy, and therefore be well placed to benefit from the outcomes.

The Study will focus specifically on the needs and opportunities for non-professional athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers of non for profit sport organisations to participate in EU mobility programmes. The first step is to analyse the current situation concerning access to learning mobility for people in key roles in sport within the current EU mobility Programmes for education and youth. Research will identify good practice both inside and outside of the sector and assess the obstacles and barriers faced in the sport sector. The Study will also undertake an evaluation of other sector-based learning mobility opportunities that exist alongside those through EU programmes.
An analysis of the potential benefits, needs and expectations of learning mobility for the sport sector will follow through consultation with representatives of networks, organisations and experts active in the sector at both the European and national level. The objective will be to examine if the sector understands the benefits and potential of learning mobility and whether it thinks it is necessary to facilitate this for key people. If so, the Study will seek to identify the preferred routes and options to support this mobility in order to maximise access for people from the sport sector (e.g. how should opportunities be structured, for what duration, budget, process etc). Through this consultation, the Team will seek to challenge the thinking and perceptions of the sector in relation to learning mobility.

The final step in the work plan will be to manage an analysis of the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport “Erasmus for All” and the new “Citizenship Europe” programme, which will start in early 2014, to assess if the measures correspond to the needs and expectations expressed by the sport sector.

We invite all stakeholders and/or individuals who are interested in the topic, have some concrete learning mobility experience to share, or are willing to be involved in the consultation process, to get in contact with the consortium using the following email address: eosesec@eose.org


On behalf of the Management Team of the Study
Université catholique de Louvain – Prof. Thierry Zintz
European Observatoire of Sport and Employment - Stephen Studd and Aurélien Favre
Sport and Citizenship - Julian Jappert


European Commission This study has been funded with support from the European Commission. This questionnaire reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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