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EU Funded Projects Special Article

(extended version of January / March 2021 EOSE Newsletter)

One of the main ways that EOSE fulfils its mission to support the development of sport and physical activity in Europe is to bring together key stakeholders for collaborative action on current challenges facing the sector. We do this by forming consortia of partners from sport and physical activity organisations in all regions of Europe to design and build innovative, ground-breaking projects on behalf of the European Union.

For this first newsletter of 2021 we are delighted to showcase eight EU-funded projects where EOSE acts as coordinator.

These projects gather a total of 73 partner organisations, some of whom are also members of EOSE. With our focus on skills development and workforce competence, we are confident that, with the financial support of the European Union, we can work together to achieve EOSE’s Vision of “a sport sector that fulfils its social, health and economic potential in Europe”.

If you would like any further information on any of these projects, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at eosesec@eose.org

EOSE Staff Team

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RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECT

 

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ONSIDE – “Innovative education to enhance the skills of Sport Officials in Europe”

Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Collaborative Partnership – Call 2017

Duration: 36 months (from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2020)

Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

Partnership: 11 partners from 9 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • Sports Officials UK (SOUK) United Kingdom
  • Association Française du Corps Arbitral Multisports (AFCAM) France
  • European Handball Federation (EHF) Austria/ Europe
  • European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Luxembourg/ Europe
  • European Athletics Switzerland/ Europe
  • SportMalta Malta
  • Dutch Olympic Committee * Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) Netherlands
  • Romanian Football Federation (FRF) Romania
  • British Wheelchair Basketball United Kingdom
  • National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” Bulgaria

 The ONSIDE project brought together key stakeholders from the world of sport officiating to explore and define, for the first time at the European level, the generic competences, skills and knowledge expected of sport officials – covering all sports and nations.

The 3-year project which ended on 31st   December 2020 implemented the Lifelong Learning Strategy for Sport, also known as the EOSE 7 Step Model. Near the end of the project the ONSIDE partners appointed the International Federation for Sport Officials (IFSO, www.ifso.sport) as the official ‘legacy partner’ and EOSE looks forward to working with IFSO to promote the outputs of the project which can now be found online.

The overall aims of the ONSIDE project were to:

  • Conduct and disseminate reliable and valid research to underpin European sector-wide activity in the area of sport officiating;
  • Boost the profile of sport officiating to all key stakeholders in the world of sport;
  • Encourage networking so that officials in different sports can learn from each other;
  • Define the generic skills, knowledge and competences of sport officials, which are common across all sports and nations;
  • Promote education in the area of sport officiating and proposing new training pathways and development opportunities for sport officials to enhance their skills through innovative learning methods, including e-learning modules.

View the project website here:  www.onside-sport.eu

Download the project outputs here:   www.onside-sport.eu/library

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CURRENT PROJECTS CONTINUING INTO 2021

 

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CHANGE – “Defining skills and competences for sport to act as a tool for development of people and society in Europe”

   > Funding: Erasmus + Sport Programme – Collaborative Partnership – Call 2018

   > Duration: 36 months (From 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2021)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 9 partners from 7 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) Denmark/ Europe/ Global
  • Leeds Beckett University United Kingdom
  • The Secretariat General of Sport (S.G.S) of Greece Greece
  • Sports Union of Slovenia Slovenia
  • StreetGames UK United Kingdom
  • UISP Italy
  • University of Cassino and Southern Lazio Italy
  • Women Win Netherlands/ Global

The twin themes of the CHANGE project are societal and human development through sport. The CHANGE project is undertaking a systematic exploration of employment, education, and skills in the Sport for Development sector where participation can be used to stimulate individual and social development in areas such as self-esteem, gender equality, conflict resolution, literacy, and health awareness. CHANGE attempts to foster a common understanding of the skills challenges in Sport for Development as well as piloting new approaches to education and exploring entry and progression routes for practitioners working in this exciting new field.

CHANGE is implementing the innovative 7 Step Model for workforce and skills development. This will result in the identification and definition of skills and competencies needed for two key Sport for Development roles – coordinator and activator. A Training Programme Handbook will also be produced to inform job-relevant education, training, and continuing professional development opportunities.

The overall aims of the CHANGE project are to:

  • Inform policy and strategy in sport through defining the size, scope, potential and roles of sport for development in Europe, and the range of outcomes for communities and individuals it can achieve;
  • Define the skills and competences needed by the key change makers – the coordinators and activators – in sport for development in order to meet the new role for sport in social and human development;
  • Provide an opportunity to share knowledge and good practice and collaborate across the sport for development sector with all relevant actors;
  • Upskill the sport workforce through innovative education and training to develop the skills to meet the new roles expected of sport for development.

View the project website here: www.change-sport.eu

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SKILLS – “Continuing the journey towards a skilled workforce for the sport and physical activity sector in Europe”

> Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Small Collaborative Partnership – Call 2019

> Duration: 24 months (from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2021)

> Project Coordinator:  European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

> Partnership: 6 partners from 6 different countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • Académico Futebol Clube Portugal
  • SportMalta Malta
  • Croatian Association for Sport Management (CASM) Croatia
  • National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” (NSA) Bulgaria
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) Belgium

SKILLS is a Small Collaborative Project which has been built as a complementary follow-on initiative to the ESSA-Sport project (www.essa-sport.eu). Its purpose is to ensure continuity and to keep the topic of skills development at the top of the sport and physical activity agenda.

The SKILLS project will continue to develop and deepen our understanding of the sport labour market and employers’ skills needs.

The main activities of the project include analysing and sharing labour market statistics on the size, characteristics, and tendencies of the sport labour market in Europe and each EU Member state. It is expected that SKILLS will give some fresh and unique insights into the impact of Covid-19 on sport employment.

The main activities of the SKILLS project include:

  • Analysis of labour market statistics and sharing of updated statistics on the size, characteristics and tendencies of the sport labour market in Europe and in each EU Member state (this will be particularly interesting to see the impact of Covid-19 on sport employment);
  • Monitoring the implementation of national strategic action plans from the ESSA-Sport project;
  • Identification and raising awareness of the realities and trends of the sector in terms of skills needs and challenges;
  • Consultation activities at both the European and national level, and collation of best practice examples of national actions to develop the sport workforce;
  • Promotion, dialogue and networking on the topic of skills and workforce development.

Further information about the project can be found at https://projects.eose.org/skills/

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S2A Sport Mobility – “Enhancing the skills of sport administrators through international learning mobility”

   > Funding: Call for proposals Exchanges and mobility in Sport

   > Duration: 24 months (from 1st January 2020 until 31st December 2021)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 8 partners from 8 different countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • University of Montenegro / Faculty of Sport and PE Montenegro
  • National Olympic Committee of North Macedonia North Macedonia
  • National Olympic Committee of Kosovo Kosovo
  • Albanian National Olympic Committee Albania
  • European Association for Sport Management (EASM) Germany/ Europe
  • University of Chester United Kingdom
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) Belgium

The S2A Sport Mobility project, co-funded by the European Union, sets out to support the sector by enhancing the skills of sport administrators and strengthening their future employability and personal development through learning mobility experiences.

The work programme will offer a unique opportunity for 40 participants from countries within the European Union and 4 targeted countries in the Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Republic of North Macedonia) to take part in a fit-for-purpose transnational training programme on Sport Administration to be delivered through 3 modules of 1 week duration in 3 different Western Balkans countries.

The training programme will be supplemented by a tailor-made national study visit for each participant to undertake a developmental experience in the sport industry in another country.

The delivery of this project has been affected by Covid-19 and restrictions on travel, but it is hoped project activities can be completed in 2021.

The overall aims of the S2A Sport Mobility project are to:

  • Reduce the gap between current and required skills of sport administrators;
  • Create conditions to increase uptake of learning mobility;
  • Invest in human capital and contribute to capacity building of sport organisations;
  • Promote the international dimension of sport and encourage transregional cooperation;
  • Enhance physical activity and health outcomes through effective sport administrators.

Further information about the project can be found at https://projects.eose.org/project/s2a-sport-mobility-2/

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NEW PROJECTS BEGINNING IN 2021

 

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V4V – “Analysing and making visible the skills acquired through volunteering in sport in Europe”

   > Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Collaborative Partnership – Call 2020

   > Duration: 36 months (from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 13 organisations from 12 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) Denmark/ Europe/ Global
  • European Volunteer Centre (CEV) Belgium/ Europe
  • World Rugby Ireland/ Global
  • International Judo Federation Academy Foundation (IJF) Malta/ Global
  • Romanian Football Federation (FRF) Romania
  • Finnish Athletics Federation (SUL) Finland
  • Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) United Kingdom
  • Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IDPJ) Portugal
  • Estonian Foundation of Sports Education and Information (FSEI) Estonia
  • National Institute For Sport Research (NISR) Romania
  • University of Physical Education (UPE) Hungary
  • Leeds Beckett University (LBU) United Kingdom

Volunteers make a huge contribution to the sport sector as a whole and play a vital role in sustaining the delivery of sport at all levels from grassroots participation to elite competition. Through their tireless commitment, volunteers also gain much informal learning – particularly in generic transversal skills – which, if made visible, will be a powerful incentive to volunteer recruitment, easing transition into paid employment and addressing skill shortages more widely in the sector.

The overall goals of the transnational V4V initiative are to analyse the sport volunteer workforce, to highlight realities and challenges around volunteering, to improve recruitment and retention and to create an innovative online tool which volunteers can use to showcase their skills and competencies to potential employers and education providers.

Main expected outputs:

  • Mapping of sport volunteer workforce;
  • Toolkit for volunteer recruitment, retention and management;
  • Online competency-based self-assessment tool so volunteers can showcase skills and competences gained through volunteering;
  • First ever European Sport Volunteering Skills Summit.

Further information about the project can be found here

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FORMS – “Emerging Forms of Employment in the Sport sector in Europe”

   > Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Small Collaborative Partnership – Call 2020

   > Duration: 24 months (from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2022)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 7 organisations from 5 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • Federation Nationale Profession Sport et Loisirs FNPSL (French National Sport and Leisure Profession Federation) France
  • Sportwerk Vlaanderen Belgium
  • Kortrijk Spurs Belgium
  • LUNEX International University of Health, Exercise and Sports Luxembourg
  • Werkgevers in de Sport (WOS) – Employer Organisation in Sport Netherlands
  • Polytechnic Institute of Santarém / Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM) Portugal

New forms and patterns of employment are being created in response to the growing and changing sport labour market and to address new characteristics and realities of the sector. By “new forms of employment”, the project means the “relationship between employers and employees that is different that the established 1:1 employment relationship” (Eurofound 2015). The traditional full-time and open-ended contract with one single employer is becoming less and less relevant in sport and many forms of diverse employment relationships are being adopted, including part-time, temporary agency, ‘employee sharing’, casual contracts, portfolio careers and self-employment. This trend may well be accelerated by COVID-19, and FORMS provides the opportunity to examine its impact in more detail.

The innovative FORMS project will research, analyse, and present these new forms and patterns of employment and will offer adapted solutions for a better functioning sport labour market across the European Union which could boost job creation and employment opportunities and increase labour market participation, particularly in the context of the pandemic.

Main expected outputs:

  • A desk research on the emerging forms of employment in the sport sector
  • A Summary Paper presenting and describing the emerging forms of employment in the European sport sector
  • National Consultation Round Tables on the emerging forms of employment in sport
  • A Compendium of good practices and series of recommendations on the emerging forms of employment in sport

Further information about the project can be found here

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EDUGOLF – “Modernising education and training to meet the changing skills needs of golf in Europe”

   >Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Collaborative Partnership – Call 2020

   > Duration: 36 months (from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 10 organisations from 9 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG) United Kingdom/ Europe/ Global
  • PGA of Sweden Sweden
  • Polish Golf Union Poland
  • French Golf Federation France
  • Royal Spanish Golf Federation Spain
  • Professional Golfers’ Association of Belgium Belgium
  • EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) Netherlands/ Europe
  • University of Applied Sciences for Sport and Management Germany
  • National University of Ukraine on Physical Education and Sport Ukraine

EOSE is delighted to join forces again with the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG, www.cpg.golf) to lead this innovative golf education and skills development project.

Golf, as a major participation sport in Europe, has unique attributes which can stimulate and sustain the participation of people from all segments of society and play a leading role in increasing levels of physical activity and improve both physical and mental health for participants in all age groups and diverse communities. However, for golf to achieve its potential and have the maximum impact across the EU, those involved in the sport must recognise that society is changing, and the way people engage with sport, and specifically how they engage with golf, is also changing.

The EDUGOLF project is founded on the principle that adapting to change can revitalise the sport and allow it to meet its potential to improve the lives of individuals and society as a whole. 

The focus of the 3-year EDUGOLF project will be on skills development and education reform, firmly rooted in the belief that those working in golf, in both paid and voluntary positions (and those wishing to do so in the future), are the key to the future of the sport.

Main expected outputs:

  • Research report on changing realities and tendencies of the golf labour market and education requirements
  • European Occupational Standards for golf
  • Education and Training Handbook for golf in Europe
  • Innovative online learning to meet the changing skills needs of golf in Europe
  • Sustainable Strategic Action Plan to meet the changing skills needs of golf

Further information about the project can be found here

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WINS – “Raising the growth and participation of female sport officials in Europe”

   > Funding: Erasmus+ Sport Programme – Collaborative Partnership – Call 2020

   > Duration: 36 months (from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2023)

   > Project Coordinator: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)

   > Partnership: 9 organisations from 6 countries

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) France/ Europe
  • Association Française du Corps Arbitral Multisports (Afcam) France
  • Sports Officials UK (SOUK) United Kingdom
  • University of Portsmouth United Kingdom
  • European Hockey Federation (EHF) Belgium
  • Dutch Olympic Committee * Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) Netherlands
  • International Federation for Sports Officials (IFSO) Netherlands/ Global
  • National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” Bulgaria
  • European Athletics Switzerland/ Europe

From grassroots participation, involving ordinary European citizens at weekends, to elite international sport competitions followed by an audience of millions across the globe, sport would grind to a halt without sport officials. The message is simple: NO SPORT OFFICIALS = NO SPORT. But players and spectators also need sport officials who are representative of the wider population and provide role models for all aspiring young people.

WINS is a follow-on from the successful ONSIDE project which examined the role of sport officiating and developed new standards and educational products.  One challenge that was identified by the ONSIDE research was gender equity.  The overall aim of WINS is to address gender equity in officiating – potentially across all sports – by undertaking comprehensive research into the problems facing female sport officials and producing practical solutions which can support the organisations responsible for their recruitment, retention and development.

The main targeted impact of the 36-month initiative will be sport organisations becoming more capable to put in place effective recruitment, retention and career development policies for female sport officials, ultimately improving gender balance in the role.

Main expected outputs:

  • A European research report on gender and sport officiating
  • A European Compendium of good practice case studies on recruitment and retention of female sport officials
  • An innovative online toolkit for recruitment and retention of female sport officials
  • A targeted mentoring and leadership legacy guide for female sport officials in Europe
  • WINS Final Conference: Raising the growth and participation of female sport officials in Europe

Further information about the project can be found here

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