European Funded projects


Since its creation EOSE has been involved in 25 EU funded projects whether as a promoter or as a partner.

Here below you can find out more about EOSE’s EU-funded projects.

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CHANGE – Sport for development

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • Duration: 3 years (from January 1st 2019 until December 31st 2021)
  • Partnership: 11 partners from 9 different countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ - Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Sport for development

The CHANGE project has the full title of “Defining skills and competences for sport to act as a tool for development of people and society in Europe” and will run from January 2019 to December 2021. A mix of 11 partners from 9 countries will take part in the project.

This new project will focus on an emerging specialist field in sport – “Sport for Development”, defined as the use of sport as a tool to bring positive change in the lives of people and communities, often aiming to tackle social issues. The CHANGE project will, for the first time at EU level, aim to define the skills and competences of those working in sport for development.

The project will produce the first employment map of the field and define specific competences and, by utilising the proven EOSE Lifelong Learning Strategy (7 Step Model), will develop pilot training modules to be tested at national level and a training handbook for the on-going development of education for professionals and volunteers, offering a real legacy to support the development of the workforce.


  • European Desk Research and Occupational Map for sport for development
  • Occupational Descriptors and definitions for sport for development positions in Europe
  • Functional Map for sport for development in Europe
  • European Occupational Standards for sport for development coordinators and activators
  • Training Programme Handbook for sport for development coordinators and activators
  • Implementation and Sustainability Plan for sport for development in Europe
  • CHANGE Leaflet

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SK4YS – Skills for Youth through Sport

  • Promoter: ENGSO Youth
  • EOSE role: Collection of good practices; Development of the educational manual
  • Duration: 2 years (from January 1st 2019 until December 31st 2020)
  • Partnership: 6 partners from 4 different countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus + - Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Youth employability

The Skills for You(th) through Sport (SKYS) is a transnational initiative of European sport, youth organisations and educational institutions in order to raise awareness on soft skills and competences gained through sport practice and to build capacity of these organisations to implement sport based employment programmes. The two years long project builds on a cross-sectoral approach of sport, youth, employment and education policies of the European Union and on the outcomes of the Study on the contribution of sport to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Through strengthened cooperation, the project aims to increase recognition of transferable skills that sport can develop for young people – especially those not in employment, education or training.

Organisations involved in the SKYS project acknowledged the urging need to strengthen the recognition of transversal skills and competences gained through sport practice and to promote education through sport programs (both Sport Plus and Plus Sport initiatives) that aim to increase the employability of young people. Through collecting and classifying European best practices, the SKYS project aims to develop knowledge and expertise of European youth and grassroots sport organisations and interested stakeholders. Through developing an accessible, online educational module we aim to multiply this knowledge and empower youth organisations, NGOs, sport clubs, trainers and coaches to develop their own initiatives. In order to raise awareness on the potential of sport in skills development and to introduce the outcomes of the project an open seminar will be organized with the participation of decision-makers, researchers and practitioners from across the sectors of sport, education and youth sectors.

Main objectives of the project:

  1. Raising awareness on soft skills gained through sport through increased cross sector cooperation;
  2. Empowering and building capacity of sport and youth organisations, educational institutions to develop and deliver sport based employability programs for young people;
  3. Collection, classification and promotion of European good practices in the field of skills development through sport and sport based employability programmes.

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POINTS – Sports Integrity

  • Promoter: EOC EU Office
  • EOSE role: Development of the educational programme; Evaluation of the project; Ongoing dissemination and promotional activities.
  • Duration: 3 years (from January 1st 2018 until December 31st 2020)
  • Partnership: 11 National Olympic Committees, 3 European Federations and 3 Knowledge Institutes
  • EU programme: Erasmus + - Sport Chapter

Across sport, numerous scandals related to ethical questions have been brought to light in recent years. Consequently, public opinion becomes more and more negative and public authorities increase the pressure on sport governing bodies to implement principles of good governance as well as ensuring the integrity of sport competitions.

The main objective of the POINTS Project, coordinated by the EOC EU Office, is to help National Olympic Committees, European Federations, and National Sport Federations to safeguard the integrity of their sport(s) in the widest sense and to strengthen their governance.

The overall methodology of the project is based on the concept of “Single Points of Contact for integrity“ (SPOCs) and more precisely to:

  • Provide a structure and guidelines for the setting-up of SPOCs within sport organisations;
  • Develop educational material and tools to provide relevant training to those representatives from targeted sport organisations that will act as SPOCs;
  • Organise National Strategic Workshops on Sport Integrity and Good Governance to bring together sport organisations and potential SPOCs.

The project brings together a consortium composed on 11 National Olympic Committees, 3 European Federations (Volleyball, Athletics and Basketball) and 3 Knowledge Institutes (Interpol, Sport and Recreational Alliance and EOSE).

EOSE is delighted to be part of the POINTS project and looks forward to the year ahead during which the training seminars will be delivered.

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ONSIDE – Sport Officiating

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • Duration: 36 months (from 01st January 2018 until 31st December 2020)
  • Partnership: 11 partners from 9 different countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus + Sport Chapter - Collaborative Partnership - Call 2016
  • Scope: Sport movement

The innovative ONSIDE - “Innovative education to enhance the skills of Sport Officials in Europe”- project will explore, for the first time at the EU level, the generic competencies, skills and knowledge of sport officials (e.g. umpires, referees, judges), such as decision making, fair play, integrity and communication, – covering all sports and nations. The project will build upon a unique partnership made of 11 partners from 9 different countries – including 3 International/European sport federations, 2 national sport federations, a national sports council, a national Olympic committee, a university, and 2 national associations of sport officials.

Fact is, Sport organisations across the EU, including the 11 partners in the project, recognise the need to enhance the image and recognition of sport officials and to provide them the opportunity to upgrade their skills to respond to the challenging environment in which they operate.

The 7 Step Model will serve as a pattern through the project to provide an interactive mapping of the skills and occupations of sport officials. The education component of the project will create a training handbook and will also deliver training through innovative learning methods, including e-learning courses which will, in turn, inform the project legacy.

1 – European Desk Research and Occupational Map on Sport Officials
2 – Occupational Descriptors and definitions for Sport Official positions in Europe
3 – Functional Map for Sport Officials in Europe
4 – Occupational Standards for Sport Officials in Europe
5 – Handbook of Training Modules for Sport Officials in Europe
6 – Innovative e-learning Courses for Sport Officials in Europe
7 – Guide for Sustainability and Quality Assurance Strategies for e-learning Courses

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GSD – Grassroots Sport Diplomacy

  • Promoter: International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)
  • EOSE role: Contribute with expertise to IO 1 with collaborative development of definitions, theories and typologies + Leader on Intellectual Output 4: Recommendations for EU, governments and civil society to use grassroots sport diplomacy
  • Duration: 2 years (January 1st 2018 – December 31st 2019)
  • Partnership: 10 partners from 8 countries (including Brazil)
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ - Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Grassroots Sport - Sport for All

We often see diplomatic actions acted out on the international elite sporting stage: the most recent example being North and South Korea competing as one team again at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. But what about the diplomatic gestures, partnerships and cross-border exchanges that happen in mass participation sport at the grassroots every week, away from the media spotlight?

ISCA and a cross-sector group of partners from two continents are set to explore this overlooked aspect of sport in a brand new project called Grassroots Sport Diplomacy.

The overall objective of the project is to develop the necessary foundation for a qualified and systematic role of grassroots sport in international relations, to ultimately enhance grassroots sports participation.

During the project, the partners will map grassroots sport diplomacy actions from around the world in theory and in practice, and this will include consultations with organisations who are engaging in these actions. The mapping will lead into seven pilot actions, where selected grassroots sport organisations will have the opportunity to test different approaches to diplomacy across sectors and across borders. At the end of the project the partners will propose recommendations for future work in this field and launch an online hub of new knowledge, best practices and networking opportunities for civil society organisations.

All project partners expressed:

  • A wish to be at the forefront of developments in the field of sports diplomacy as an up-and coming policy area.
  • An interest in positioning themselves and their organisations as experts and leaders in this field.
  • A wish to contribute to a stronger positioning of grassroots sports in general, and in external relations in particular.
  • A need to establish new international partnerships and networks within this topic.

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GReFORM – Good Governance enhancement through e-Learning for Sport Volunteer Board Members

  • Promoter: Cyprus Sport Organization (CSO)
  • EOSE role: Offer Expert Advises and Inputs, Contribute to active dissemination, Provide feedback
  • Duration: 36 months (from 01st January 2018 until 31st December 2020)
  • Partnership: 11 partners from seven EU Member States
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ - Sport Chapter

GReForm is a transnational project aiming to increase the capabilities of volunteer Board Members in sport organisations by providing online education on good governance in sport (a certificate of successful completion will be provided). The establishment of an online learning portal will allow volunteer Board Members of sports organisations – in their own time, and at no cost – to follow a series of educational courses explaining Good Governance at various levels. In line with the relevant European policies and co-funded programmes in the field of sport, the project aims to create an academic online platform providing informal education taking into account the limited time availability of Volunteer Board Members. The identification, collection and sharing of good practices in the field of good governance in sport and the publication of the relevant e-book will be a useful tool for the sport organisations in implementing the good governance principles, e.g. Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Democracy, Participation and Inclusivity.

Project Partners share the same belief that there is an increasing demand in providing accessible education on Good Governance in Sport that will boost and add value to the governance skills of volunteer Board Members and will eventually lead to the effective implementation of good governance principles in sport organisations at all levels.

The project’s partners come from various sectors and levels and in addition to their diverse expertise, and knowledge are expected to contribute positively to the main thematic areas and objectives of the project, i.e. Sports, Good Governance, Academia, Information Technology, e-learning and education. The project provides all the required tools and means for cross-sector cooperation and consultation among partners and key stakeholders in order to reach the goals and objectives of the project.

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