European Consultation workshop on Mobility in Sport

European Consultation workshop  on Mobility in Sport


A total of 25 European organisations from the sport sector gathered in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 1st of October 2013 following the EU Sport Forum to discuss the future of learning mobility in and through sport.
Organised by the consortium (UCL, Sport and Citizenship, EOSE) appointed by the Sport Unit of the European Commission DGEAC to carry out a Feasibility Study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU, this workshop was the final consultative stage of the study and a significant opportunity to test the main findings and provisional conclusions of the study, but also to get the voice and suggestions from the sector.
Indeed since the launch of the study in April 2013, the Consortium has carried out a full analysis of the current European funded Learning Mobility opportunities and also a wide European consultation, including an online questionnaire and specific national events / interviews, which have given the opportunity to collate a significant amount of relevant data on the current situation on learning mobility and expectations for the future.

Let us remind you that the main expected outcome of this study is to develop a set of detailed recommendations for the European Commission in terms of whether funding for sport mobility measures is necessary, and if judged necessary, to provide criteria and options on how the funding should be organised and structured in the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport “Erasmus+”, which will replace the current Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) and will start in early 2014.
Participants of the workshop were requested to provide their opinion and view regarding the existing barriers facing learning mobility in the sport sector and the way to remove them, the expected benefits and added value of such experiences abroad for nonprofessional athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers from non for profit sport organisations.
The study is not over and the Consortium still have to develop the final report but we are delighted to share with you some key findings obtained from the sport sector:

-          A total of 85% of the sport organisations which took part in the survey indicated that it will be “Important (57%)” or “Essential (28%)” for Learning Mobility opportunities to be available for the sport sector in the new Erasmus+ program;


-          The most important potential outcomes mentioned by respondents for future EU funded Learning Mobility opportunities are:

  • Personal development of individuals (95.1%)
  • Acquiring new skills (94.8%)
  • Accessing expertise that does not exist in my country (90.1%)
  • Experience of other national sports systems (92.8)


-          71% (266 respondents) of the organisations are willing to be involved in future EU funded Learning Mobility programs.


EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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