EOSE presents at EC Expert Group



EOSE presents at EC Expert Group

The 15th and 16th of May 2019 saw the 4th meeting of the European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” (XG HR) taking place in Lisbon, Portugal. This is a key forum for the European Commission and Member States to debate issues related to skills development and drive the agenda at the European level. EOSE has official status as Observer of this Expert Group.

At this meeting EOSE was represented by Director of Standards, Ben Gittus, and Executive Board members Simone Digennaro and Abel Santos.

The full day of the meeting on the 16th of May kicked off with a welcome from the European Commission and introduction of delegates. 22 Member States were represented at the meeting by their Ministry responsible for sport or a delegate nominated by the Ministry.

The European Commission then updated delegates on a range of issues, including a recap of the EU Sport Forum which took place in April 2019 in Romania, an overview of the number and types of applications received under the most recent Erasmus+ Sport call (April 2019), the future budget for Erasmus+ Sport and the Be Inclusive initiative.

The rest of the morning session was taken up with presentations and discussion in the area of education of coaches. Current EU funded projects related to coach education were presented before a discussion took place about the draft Guidelines regarding the basic requirements in skills and competences for coaches which will be produced as an output of this Expert Group. The morning session also saw a presentation from Supporters Direct Europe updating the group on their work in the development of football.

In the afternoon session, EOSE were invited to speak to the group about the European Sector Skills Alliance project (ESSA-Sport www.essa-sport.eu). Ben Gittus and Simone Digennaro delivered the presentation and covered two main areas: the collection of labour market statistics in sport and the first findings of the first ever European Employer Skills Survey which was undertaken as part of the ESSA-Sport project funded under Erasmus+.

The group were very interested to hear about the initial labour market figures and results of the skills survey and look forward to receiving more detailed results of the work. The group were invited to the first ever European Sport Skills Summit that will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 7/8 October 2019.

Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission stated at the end of the EOSE presentation that it is good to see EU funding supporting a project such as ESSA-Sport which contributes new knowledge to the sport sector.

The day closed with a presentation on the Portuguese Sport System.

EOSE is delighted to attend the Expert Group as Observer and contribute to discussions on the future of skills development in sport in Europe.

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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