7 Step Model




To respond to the education and training challenges of the sector and ensure that the sector delivers its potential, EOSE has developed a co-ordinated response entitled the Lifelong Learning Strategy for the Sport and Active Leisure sector (LLL Sport Strategy).

The LLL Sport Strategy has been mainly produced in order to:

  • Understand and anticipate realities, changes and future skills needs of the labour market
  • Organise the sector in support of the European policies and strategic initiatives (e.g. the European Qualification Framework -EQF)
  • Promote a transparent and flexible education and training system with clear learning and career pathways
  • Engage main stakeholders from the sector and facilitate the link between the worlds of education and employment
  • Equip the workforce with the right skills and competences by matching education and training to the needs of the labour market
  • Improve the recognition of competences and qualifications, hence supporting mobility, transparency and mutual trust of qualifications
  • Facilitate the economic growth and social impact of the sector

The LLL Sport Strategy has been designed to be flexible so that it can be used by a wide range of stakeholders and to achieve a variety of education or employment objectives in the sector. The strategy offers a common and consistent approach but its implementation will be different depending on the national systems and the roles and needs of the stakeholders in each country. Used as a whole process the 7 Step Model is ideal for a Federation, a Ministry or a Sport Agency to give strategic leadership and modernise the vocational training and skills system in their country or their sport to ensure qualifications and skills are relevant to the modern world and the challenges and opportunities facing sport and active leisure.

It is important to note that the 7 Step model, outlined in the LLL Sport Strategy, can be applied to the Sport and Active Leisure sector as a whole, to a sub-sector such as fitness or the outdoors, or to an individual sport such as Golf or Basketball etc.

Also, the work can be carried out at the regional, national, European or International level. By providing a common and consistent methodology, work conducted on a national or sub-sector basis can easily be compared across nations and sectors.

Promotion, dissemination and exploitation of the 7 Step Model had been at the heart of the VSPORT+ project.downloadbrochure



At the end of the day, people need employment, recognition for their work and quality of life within well-defined structures and processes. In this context, the 7-step model is a valid tool, particularly in providing this sector with a European context, which may be easily exported to other regions of the world but also to other sectors, such as the financial sector which is also currently working on a similar model“.

Dr Joachim James Calleja, Director of CEDEFOP

We had doubts when we started implementing the 7 Step model as part of the Golf Stand Project. But believe me, we got more than we expected. Indeed the project has created opportunities to develop synergies between our members, especially in terms of mobility, far beyond what we could have imagined. Last but not least, we are still using the outcomes of the projects and we have developped a continuous reevaluation process to ensure we adapt our standards regularly”.

Ian Randell, Chief Executive of PGAs Europe

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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