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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  • Promoter: European Golf Association (EGA)
  • EOSE role: Management and Dissemination
  • Duration: 2 years (January 2015 - December 2017)
  • Partnership: 9 partners from 5 European countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ - Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Golf sector


Golf: realities and challenges

It is estimated that approximately 7.9 million European citizens play golf in an industry that contributes over €15.1 billion to the European economy.

Richard Heath, General Secretary of the European Golf Association (EGA), has stated that: “Europe has excellent capacity for golf with over 6,700 courses, some 4.2 million club-registered golfers and at least another 3 million citizens already playing the sport, but that are non-club-registered. Nevertheless, we are facing significant challenges in effectively engaging young people to take up the sport and we are actively seeking innovative new solutions for growing youth participation.”

Current rates of physical inactivity in Europe are worryingly high, as evidenced by the recently published 2014 Eurobarometer survey on Sport and Physical Activity, which found that:

  • 59% of EU citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport at least once a week.
  • Almost three-quarters of EU citizens (74%) are not members of any club, a 7% increase since 2009.


The GoGolf Europe project – an EU funded initiative:

The GoGolf Europe project, funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+, the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020, has been developed to:

  • Increase the awareness of, and evidence base for, the health benefits of golf for European citizens
  • Increase participation in the sport of golf at a pan-European level

In parallel with the running of a broadly-focussed literature review about the health benefits of golf, an innovative coaching methodology will be designed and implemented to provide and test a new access pathway to golf for youth aged 15 to 18 years.

Within five collaborating member states, CzechRepublic, Estonia, France, Netherlands, and Portugal, a total of 640 youths will be given the opportunity to learn and play golf for the first time through a series of 12 lessons of two hours per week provided by local golf coaches.


GoGolf Europe will provide a unique opportunity for golf to demonstrate its value in providing health benefits to European citizens and its significant contribution towards the wider objective of increasing physical activity levels. The project will also test an innovative training approach in order to blueprint a model for effectively increasing golf participation of youths at grassroots level across Europe.

Overall, it is expected that the realisation of the benefits of golf to tackle Europe’s current epidemics of physical inactivity, obesity and low youth participation in sport will create a cascading effect to benefit the overall European population through increasing grassroots golf participation.

The GoGolf Europe partnership:

Led by the European Golf Association (EGA), the trans­national partnership brings together a mix of stakeholders with a diverse set of skills and perspectives. It includes the National Golf Federations from five European countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, the Netherlands and Portugal, alongside the PGAs of Europe, the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) and the University of St Andrews. Financial partners include the PGA European Tour.



GoGolf Official Video

  • Gogolf Press Release

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SCORE: Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality

  • Promoter: ENGSO (European Non-Governemental Sports Organisation)
  • EOSE role: Lead WP Evaluation, Contribute to active dissemination, Provide feedback
  • Duration: 24 months (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017)
  • Partnership: 13 partners from 11 different Eu countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus + Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Sport movement

SCORE (“Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality”) project is led by ENGSO and supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme.

Building upon the “Proposal for Strategic Actions on Gender Equality and Sport“, the project promotes equal opportunities, namely gender equality in coaching, and focuses on increasing the number of employed and volunteer female coaches at all levels of sport as well as enhancing knowledge on gender equality in coach education. The project is targeted at sports and coaching organisations at all levels, more specifically coaches, trainers, former athletes, volunteers and decision-makers in the field of coaching.

Specific objectives of the project are as followed:


The tools will aim at identifying existing best practices in Europe with regard to increasing the number of female coaches and breaking the barriers for female coaching, e.g. recruitment projects and campaigns for specific groups of women, educational coaching pathways, identifying situations that promote and counteract equality and equal treatment in coaching and coach education.

SCORE toolkit


A specific training programm for mentor will be developped and implemented in parter countries with the aim to educate around 20-24 future mentors for potential coaches to assist potential female coaches in their respective countries.


Note: ENGSO has particular expertise with regards to women’s leadership, as it has previously organised two projects: The women’s mentoring project WILD (financed by the Preparatory Actions in the Field of Sport 2009) and ENTER! (financed by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the EU Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme). Furthermore, the youth branch of ENGSO (ENGSO Youth) has, together with Deutsche Sport Jugend, successfully completed a project on gender-based violence “Prevention of sexualized violence in sports – Impulses for an open, secure and sound sporting environment in Europe.“

  • SCORE Interactive Toolkit

  • SCORE flyer

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SIGGS: Support the Implementation of Good Governance in Sport

  • Promoter: EOC EU Office (EU Office of the European Olympic Committees)
  • EOSE role: Bring expertise on WP Educationnal tools, Lead the WP Evaluation, Contribute to wide dissemination of the project outcomes
  • Duration: 24 months (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017)
  • Partnership: 12 partners from 9 different countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus + - Sport Chapter
  • Scope: Sport movement

Good governance is increasingly becoming a core topic for sport organisations at all levels. There are plenty of reasons to explain this trend, including the pressure on the proper use of public funds as well as the responsibilities of sport organisations towards their sports and other stakeholders. Furthermore, it has been shown that investing in good governance leads to an organisation with the right ethical behaviour, which is governed more efficiently, is more resistant to various risks and is more effective in reaching its objectives. Therefore, investing in good governance is investing in sporting success.

The general objective of the SIGGS project (spin-off of the S4G-Sport for Good Governance project funded under the Preparatory Actions) was to promote and support good governance in sport by providing practical guidance to National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and national sport federations (NFs) on how to implement principles of good governance in order to enhance their governance.

Specific Objectives of the project were as followed:


This Steering Committee consisted of a number of experts from different fields and with different backgrounds, including all the leaders of the various Work Packages.


Two “general tools” were developed. On the one hand, a self-evaluation tool was created with the main view of analysing strengths and weaknesses in the implementation of good governance principles by NOCs and NFs. On the other hand, Action Plans were drawn up for each principle.

SIGGS self evaluation tool


Following the results of the self-evaluation tool, “individualised tools” will be developed. First of all, Roadmaps will be drawn up. . In addition, national strategies will be developed including a list of key principles and key activities for the next years after the conclusion of the project.


During the SIGGS Project, national training sessions will be organised in the countries of seven participating NOCs.

  • Leaflet SIGGS

  • Information sheet SIGGS

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Feasibility Study on a sector skills council in sport

ESSC-SPORT: Feasibility of setting-up a European Sector Council on Skills and Employment for Sport

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • EOSE role: Management of the consultation process, report writing
  • Duration: 12 months (19/12/2013 to 18/12/2014)
  • Partnership: Consortium of 4 organisations: European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) - European Association of Sport Employers (EASE) - UNI-EUROPA - SkillsActive
  • EU programme: Call for tender by the Directorate-General Employment and Social Affairs
  • Scope: Sport and Active leisure sector

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The Consortium has been appointed by the Directorate-General Employment and Social Affairs to carry out a feasibility study on setting up a sector council on skills and employment for the sport and active leisure sector in the EU. The work has been awarded to the Consortium and will be carried out over the next 12 months, finishing in December 2014.

The Feasibility Study aims:

  • To explore the potential for the creation of an ESSC that could support the development of the Sector, and especially its workforce, at both a national and European level.
  • To launch a mapping and feasibility exploratory phase to assess the value added and willingness of creating a EU Sector Skills Council for the Sport and Active Leisure sector.


>> As part of the European Feasibility Study, the consortium has developped an online questionnaire to gather your view and opinions. Your responses and support in spreading the news matter as the results obtained from this questionnaire will provide key evidence to assess if there is sufficient demand and need to progress in this direction, and to identify if there is the capacity to ensure the successful establishment of such a mechanism for the sector. The questionnaire is available in English, French, German and Spanish. <<


Note:  The concept of European Sector Skills Councils (also named European Sector Council on Employment and Skills) has been promoted by the European Commission with a view to acquiring a deeper understanding of skill needs at sectoral level. The Commission supports the creation of European Sector Skills Councils which have the main objectives to propose a mechanism to tackle the sector’s workforce challenges, to develop a clear picture of the size and skills of the workforce in the sector through consistent Labour Market Information and to support a dialogue between education and employment at a national and European level.


Learn more while browsing EOSE special bulletin on European Sector Skills Council

Disclaimer: This websection is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity -PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

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The information contained in this publication does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.

  • Infographics Skills SWEDISH

  • Infographics Skills POLISH

  • Infographics Skills DUTCH

  • Infographics Skills HUNGARIAN

  • Infographics Skills GREEK

  • Infographics Skills FRENCH

  • Infographics Skills SPANISH

  • Infographics Skills GERMAN

  • Infographics Skills BULGARIAN

  • ESSC Final Report

  • Lessons from the ESSC Sport

  • Leaflet NL

  • Leaflet DE

  • Leaflet FR

  • Leaflet ES

  • Leaflet EN

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sport employs yourope

SEY – Sport Employs YOUrope

  • Promoter: ENGSO Youth
  • EOSE role: Advise on the online questionnaire; Analysis of the answers to the online questionnaire; Be a force of proposition for the dissemination and the campaign.
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Partnership: 6 core partners and 3 associated partners
  • EU programme: Youth in Action
  • Scope: Sport and Active Leisure sector


The project represents European wide initiatives that promotes youth-employment in and through the sport sector and highlights the transferable skills that sport can develop. It foresees several actions to raise awareness on opportunities of employment for young people across Europe:

  • Questionnaire on skills acquired in sports;
  • Seminar “Sport Employs YOUrope – Recognise non formal education in sport to fight youth unemployment” in Rome/Italy, 1st to 5th of October 2014;
  • National youth-led campaigns on non-formal education in sports as a tool to fight youth employment, 10th October 2014 to 31st of January 2015;
  • Tool kit to support national project actions.

This one year project aims to better understand and promote the role of sport in developing employability and to explore sport as a sector of employment for young people.

  • SEY project infosheet

  • Infography on Youth employment

  • SEY survey report by EOSE

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UFIT: Universal Fitness Inclusion Training

  • Promoter: Institute of Technology Tralee
  • EOSE role: Advising on developed tools
  • Duration: 24 months (01/10/2013 to 30/09/2015)
  • Partnership: 6 core partners
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007/2013, Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Scope: Fitness sector

The project aims at equipping fitness professionals with the skills necessary to work with people with disabilities in fitness clubs.  The project uses an innovative approach by embedding inclusive fitness professional training within the fitness club environment in a sector skills alliance involving trainers, trainees, employers and people with disabilities.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To foster cooperation between VET and the world of work;
  • To make VET more  responsive  to  labour  market  needs  and supportive  of  inclusive  growth;
  • To  improve  sectoral  identification  and  anticipation  of  skill  and competence  needs  and  their  integration  in  VET  provision;
  • To promote integration of learning with working.

Resources will be tailored to ensure sectoral needs are met.  In addition the project will launch a European Awareness and Education Campaign to be used in wide-scale dissemination activities across the social partner and stakeholder mix of VET Trainers, Employers, Employees, and Representative Bodies. As a result of this project more fitness instructors will be equipped with competence needed to work with people with disabilities and more workplaces will cater for their inclusion. Our partnership can impact upon 30,000 Clubs, over 1 million staff and associated VET providers.

  • UFIT Banner

  • Info Sheet

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