Investing in Human Capital to keep the ball rolling

Investing in Human Capital to keep the ball rolling

MOVE Congresses by ISCA are always a momentum for thinking and shaping the future of sport and physical activities. The 2013 edition held in Barcelona, 16-19 October, was another great sound-box!

On Thursday 17th of October 2013, the workshop “Human Capital of new professional and volunteers” was an opportunity for speakers, including Jean Camy (Founder of EOSE) and Thierry Zintz (President of EOSE) to emphasise what is at stake when thinking and dealing with the professionalization of the sector and why it is so crucial to invest in the workforce if sport is to fulfil its potential as a contributor to society.

The specificity of the sport and active leisure sector (mainly based on volunteering) and the background of voluntary association were reminded by Prof Jean Camy. The “voluntary association” is a new social structure born in the XIX century as a result of new mobility of people in urban settings and a way to create new and freely chosen social relationship. He reminded the audience that there is in our society a big need to make it clear what is the specificity of voluntary association: keep in mind that 80% of life is about social things and non-economic sector!

He also pointed out 4 main trends currently followed/faced by sport for all organisations which are 1.Bureaucratisation; 2. Federalisation; 3. Professionalization and 4. ‘Servicisation’. He then expressed his vision that the so-called “professionalization “ of sport should not be seen as a fate or the devil but rather as a great opportunity for organisations to develop new kind of offer therefore contributing to unlocking the potential of sport.
He concluded highlighting what he sees as key of success for grassroots sport:

  • Come back to a bottom-up democratic approach
  • Increase competence
  • Promote & strengthen its own social model
  • Use new communication tools & paid staff

This lead Thierry Zintz to make the link with EOSE raison d’être. If the sector is to develop and unlock its potential, we need the right people in the right place with the right skills: this is true for paid and unpaid staff especially because sport is driven by volunteers and is also a people facing sector. The 7 step model developed by EOSE was then introduced to the public as a specific approach answering some of the sector challenges while bringing a new level of cooperation between the worlds of education and employment

Thierry made a special focus on volunteering as a key dimension of the sector. He stated that to motivate volunteers, we need to ensure they get the feeling they keep something from their experience; it’s about exchanging invaluable things, but we can together develop and offer them a great formal recognition. He suggested adopting a bottom-up     approach in the context of vocational training. Last but not least he recommended the participants to consider the tremendous opportunity of getting elderly people as volunteers. They indeed have a lot to share and they are willing to! It is great to see inter-generational exchanges and learning via volunteering in sport. This represents actually part of the future of our organisations.

Contributions from Montzeriat Gomze, representing Voluntaris (a community of volunteers aimed at building upon the Barcelona OG 1992), and Jordi Falgueras, representing Eurofitness (officially registered as Vocational Training center specialised in sport), were clear testimonials on the value of volunteering, why it should be seen as a key of success and how to ensure a concrete legacy for volunteers. Jordi made it clear that in EuroFitness vision, their offer has to be linked with occupation and employment. To make sure their training is of interest for volunteers, programmes have developed in order for volunteers to then join academics study and have the skills needed for entering the labour market.
The concluding words from Thierry Zintz came as a vibrant message to all the participants and were unanimously supported by the speakers and the moderator, Mr Jacob Schouenborg, Secretary General of ISCA: “Today we are launching a call for all of us to work together in order to give the sector legitimacy and recognition all together”.


Visit the MOVE Congress 2013 website for more info

Access the MOVE Congress 2013′s presentations

Read the interview with Jean Camy

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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