Partners in the SKILLS project meet for the second time to continue the journey towards a skilled workforce for the sport and physical activity sector in Europe



Partners in the SKILLS project meet for the second time to continue the journey towards a skilled workforce for the sport and physical activity sector in Europe

On the 5th of November 2020, the partners of the SKILLS project met for the second time to discuss the latest labour market statistics for the sport sector, progress with the project outputs and plan the next stages in the work plan. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Croatia hosted by the Croatian Association for Sport Management, but it had to be held online due to restrictions related to Coronavirus.

The SKILLS project has been funded under the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter for a 24-month period and will run until December 2021. The initiative has been built as a complementary initiative and follow- up from the ESSA-Sport project ( to ensure continuity and to keep the topic of skills development as high priority and at the heart of the sector. The overall ambition will be to maintain the momentum and build on the progress made during the ESSA-Sport project in the understanding of the labour market and skill needs of the whole sport and physical activity sector.

The SKILLS Initiative will ensure continuity and maintain the momentum in researching, networking, implementing actions and improving skills in the sport sector in Europe.

In particular, the work programme of the SKILLS project includes to:

>      Gather and analyse labour market statistics for 2019 and 2020

>      Monitor the implementation of national strategic action plans from the ESSA-Sport project

>      Identify and raise awareness of the realities and trends of the sector in terms of skills needs and challenges

>       Promote and encourage dialogue and networking on the topic of skills and workforce development

During the meeting Aurélien Favre from EOSE presented Eurostat labour market data and analysis that has been done for all EU Member States for the year 2019.

The partners were then able to discuss the data and the possible impact that the health crisis will have on employment in sport – the effect of the pandemic will be more clearly seen in the labour market data for 2020 which will be analysed in 2021. During the meeting the partners discussed how they could test and use the figures in their respective countries.

Partners also agreed to support EOSE with the collation of best practice examples on the implementation of actions to develop the sport workforce, and highlight skills needs for the sector. National consultations and round tables will be planned for 2021.

A final action discussed was the organisation of a European workshop entitled “Skills and workforce development in the sector” for European sport organisations and umbrella bodies.

At the meeting EOSE newest member of staff Thibault Pardon, Communication and Project Officer, presented the communication aspects of the project including the SKILLS logo and web page.

The next meeting will be organised in April 2021, due to be hosted in Portugal by Académico Futebol Clube (AFC), or to take place online, depending on the evolution of the health crisis.


Full list of partners:

-       European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) - Applicant

-       Académico Futebol Clube (AFC) – Portugal

-       Croatian Association for Sport Management (CASM)

-       National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” (NSA) – Bulgaria

-       Sport Malta

-       Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) – Belgium.

Contact:             Aurélien Favre – EOSE Executive Director –

Ben Gittus – EOSE Director of Standards –

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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