Towards a long lasting legacy for VSPORT+
EOSE success in the last 10 years has mainly be built upon the relevancy and consistency of the projects developed and run upon the years and alongside the EU policies and initiatives.
Yet it is the curse of European oriented organisations which funding stream mainly depend on successful application to run from one project to another without having the chance to settle down and look back at what has been achieved.
Six months after the official closing of the VSPORT+ project, it is therefore with a great pleasure that the project partners (EOSE as mono beneficiary and its network of twelve national ambassadors and two third-country partners from Australia and New-Zealand) can proudly speak of a true legacy for this project. A legacy that will hopefully be a long lasting one.
Let us remind you that the main aim of VSPORT+ Project – which full title was “VSPORT+: A Cross-Sectoral Valorisation Framework for the Lifelong Learning Strategy in Sport”- was to carry out a range of valorisation activities at all levels and most specifically within 12 EU countries to reach a maximum of targeted stakeholders while using an innovative approach of awareness raising and dissemination through the engagement of experienced and recognised National Ambassadors chosen from the membership of EOSE (in Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Spain and UK).
Not only did the project received the highest grade in EOSE history (based on an assessment undertaken by an external expert on behalf of Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, and a financial assessment undertaken by Agency staff), it has also officially been selected by the European Commission for the brochure “Good practices from the Lifelong Learning Programme, Key Activity 4, Action on Dissemination and Exploitation of results” -meant to be a reservoir of valuable experiences and practical project results that have the potential to inspire other organisations. Published in July and available on the EC website, this brochure -made up of a brief overview of 16 projects- was widely distributed across Europe. This selection as a best practice strongly echoes with the acknowledgement of the 7 Step Model itelf by Dr Joachim James Calleja, Director of CEDEFOP: “At the end of the day, people need employment, recognition for their work and quality of life within well-defined structures and processes. In this context, the 7-step model is a valid tool, particularly in providing this sector with a European context, which may be easily exported to other regions of the world but also to other sectors, such as the financial sector which is also currently working on a similar model“.
Furthermore the legacy turns out to be also more concrete. In Italy, UISP and the University of Cassino have indeed formed stronger link as a follow-up of the National Round Table organised in Rome. As stated by Simone Digenarro, Research Fellow, EOSE and VSPORT+ ambassador: “The National Round table organized in Rome, the 12th December 2013, as part of the VSPORT+ project, has represented a milestone for the Italian sport sector. For the first time, a group of interested stakeholders – National Sport Federations, Universities, Sport Clubs, Local Authorities, Social partners etc. – have met and discussed about concrete actions to be developed in the sport and active leisure sector with the aim to link education and employment in an organized and strategic way. As main outcome, participant organisations agreed to establish an informal network with the view to continue the collaboration and the dialogue also after the conclusion of the round table; this network is now operating as a reference group that is able to support and advise on policy concerning education and labour market.”
Obviously, linking education and employment and readjusting/reinventing education and training systems are topics in the air and we at EOSE are delighted to see that through the EU funding and a project such as VSPORT+, added valued can be brought to the sector’s reflection. As reported by Simone Digennaro on behalf Massimo Davi, Responsible of UISP Training Department, “with the VSPORT+ project the Italian Union of Sport for All (UISP) established a collaboration with the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Department of Human Sciences, Society and Health aimed at developing tools to identify and tackle skills and workforce issues in the sport for all sector. At this stage, the 7 Step Model represents a consistent and flexible methodology that is helping UISP to establish a transparent and flexible education and training system based on clear learning and career pathways”.
EOSE, together with its network of ambassadors and partners, will keep on developing projects and methods with the aim to have a long-lasting impact and legacy while bringing together organisations and stakeholders willing to build upon the potential of the sector through workforce development.