#MobilitySupPORTjobs: from theory to practice

#MobilitySupPORTjobs: from theory to practice

The 16th of February 2015 marked the official opening of the SUCCESS project training, a capacity building training programme for public service sports administrators in Malta.

This project (SUCCESS) led by the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport (Malta Sport Council-KMS) is part-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and by the National Funds and is now coming to an end.

EOSE has led the development of this Award which is tailored, using the 7 Step Model, to meet the needs of KMS and its staff. More than 75 participants were enrolled on the course (4 different modules developed in response to an identified need from KMS and delivered by international lecturers from the EOSE membership under the leadership of the Course Director Kirstie Simpson from the University of Chester) which will see them awarded by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) with a level 5 CPD Award in Public Service Sport Administration in Malta

The first delivery of the training programme is approaching to an end as Module 4 “Managing Successful Events from Grassroots to Elite Sport” was delivered from 25th to 29th of May 2015. As it was the case through previous Modules, the international dimension was provided by the involvement as lecturers of two EOSE members which are Ivan Slavchev from the NationalSportAcademy in Bulgaria and Feargus Dunne from the Institute of Technology Tralee in Ireland.

During the month of June 2015, a total of 40 participants from the course will carry out a training visit abroad to gain experience from another working environment, monitor the way sport is organised and increase the network of contacts. These national visits are going to be organised in Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and the UK, and where possible EOSE Members are going to act as local host organiser. Since Monday 1st of June, two sets of placements are taking place in Northern Europe as part of ESF funded SUCCESS project.

Five trainees from KMS involved within the Level 5 CPD Award in Public Service Sports Administration are in Lithuania for a one week placement around Basketball. Three of them will carry out their placement within the Sabonis Basketball Centre and 2two at the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. This could not have happened without the priceless help of EOSE Board Member Vilma Cingiene who made this mobility abroad a reality.

At the same time the internship experience for six colleagues from Malta has begun at the beautiful and inspiring campus at Vierumaki in Finland. EOSE Board Member Mairit Pellinen welcomed the participants to Finland on Monday 1st of June and led them through an induction day exploring the campus and explaining sport system in Finland.  Tuesday the 2nd saw the start of the placement activities with participants gaining insights and experience in management, administration and events. There is also a focus on coaching and activity leadership as there are 800 children on the campus for sports camp activities from ice hockey to parkour where the participants from Malta can job shadow and assist with instruction.

 Vilma Cingiene welcoming trainees from KMS

Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and shows that all of the participants have enjoyed this interactive course and would recommend it to colleagues in the sector. The aim is for them to use the knowledge from the course to improve their practice at work.

EOSE does hope to replicate this initiative on a broader scale and will for sure keep you up-to-the date with this initiative.



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