Succesful EOSE National Round table held in Riga on skills development

Succesful EOSE National Round table held in Riga on skills development

On the 19th of October, EOSE, with the support of its local member, Juris Grants from the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, organised a National Round Table in Riga, Latvia.

The event took place in the Electrum Olympic Center and has represented an important point for the Latvian sport sector. Indeed, for the first time, a group of 27 interested stakeholders – from National Sport Federations, Sport Clubs/Private Sector, Local Government, Ministry and Universities – have met and discussed about concrete actions to be developed in the sport and active leisure sector with the aim to combine education and employment in a strategic way.

In addition, a Baltic touch was given by the participation of three representative of Lithuania, Mrs Vilma Cingiene, EOSE Secretary General and Professor at the Mykolas Romeris University, Mrs Inga Gerulskiene, from the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, and Mrs Rasa Liuimiene from the Lithuanian Basketball League, who shared their experience with Latvian stakeholders.

The goal of the event was to introduce the innovative concept of a European Sector Skills Alliance for the sport and active leisure sector, to encourage discussion and exchanges on the realities and challenges of the sector at the national level and the level of interest in such opportunity, and to explore potential way forward for possible collaboration at the national and European level.
Stephen Studd, EOSE Director of Development, provided an overview of EU initiatives and policies in the field of education, training and employment. He also explained how the sport sector could benefit from them and chaired the consultation section full of exchanges and discussions on the position and challenges of the sector. From the enthusiasm in the room, there seemed to be a good level of interest in the topic and no shortage of views in the discussion.

The event proved to be particularly positive as Latvian sport specialists were very open and welcomed future cooperation to further develop the concept of the National Sectors Skills Partnership. Indeed the following main outcomes arouse from the event: initial development of a roadmap towards a National Group of Stakeholders for sport and active leisure with the aim to improve the link between education and employment, to support recognition of qualifications between EU countries, to promote lifelong learning as well as career and informal learning opportunities.


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