European Funded projects


Since its creation EOSE has been involved in 52 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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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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ALL-IN: Developing Pathways of Lifelong Physical Activity for People with a Disability in Europe

  • Promoter: Parasport Sweden
  • EOSE role: Valorisation and Sustainability Lead
  • Duration: 36 months (Jan 1st 2017 - Dec 31st 2019)
  • Partnership: 13 organisations from 8 countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus + Sport Chapter - Collaborative Partnership - Call 2016
  • Scope: Nordic Region - ParaSport

The All>>IN project which will run for 3 years is co-financed through the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and will seek to establish a cross-sectoral cooperation model at a European sub-regional level that develops, exploits and implements good practices for integrated pathways of lifelong physical activity for people with a disability.

In collaboration with a strong partnership, the project will work to develop 5 distinct areas of Parasport in the Nordic region: Marketing, Recruitment, Competition, Education and Governance. In each of these areas the partners will focus on establishing ‘Knowledge Hubs’.

The project partner are keen to explore the possibility of transferring the Nordic cultural attitude into a sustainable framework in order to ensure that more people with disabilities have the opportunity to lead a more active lifestyle”. The project will indeed seek to define common elements in the collaborative process in the Nordic region in order to then provide the basis for successful models of co-operation to be established in other sub-regions of Europe.

  • ALL IN Press Release

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European Us Girls

  • Promoter: StreetGames (UK)
  • EOSE role: Education and Learning Lead
  • Duration: 24 months (January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2018)
  • Partnership: 6 organisations from 6 countries (Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and UK)
  • EU programme: Erasmus + Sport Chapter - Collaborative Partnership - Call 2016

Funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter, the European Us Girls project tackles head on the issue of gender inequality in grassroots sport.

In the light of the well-known participation gap between men and women, boys and girls  in sport around the EU, the European Us Girls project could serve as a pioneer in long-term perspective, offering a solution for tackling heads on the issue of gender inequality in grassroots sport, when it comes to facilitate the training of young women to be peer educators in grassroots sport.

As it brings together, for the first time, six high quality organisations that operate in the grassroots sport and physical activity sector, the project will achieve results addressing two important EU policy agendas:

  • Increasing female participation in grassroots sport and physical activities, in particular young women with fewer opportunities aged 13-30 years (sport; gender equality, inclusion; equal access)
  • Increasing female volunteering in sport, in particular non-formal peer education, (sport; gender equality; volunteering, inclusion, equal access)


European Us Girls will create new training and learning resources adaptable for different national settings that can be rolled out Europe-wide. In particular, building upon the award winning programme “Us Girls” by StreetGames, a new international course to train young women to be peer educators in grassroots sport will be developed.

The project will create a large and dynamic new European network for grassroots sport. The six partners bring their own extensive networks to this project, which will interact on the new networking platform to form an innovative virtual ‘network of networks’.


  • EUG Case Studies and Report

  • EUG Academic Review

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ASPIRE – Activity, Sport and Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe

  • Promoter: ENGSO (European Non-Governemental Sports Organisation)
  • EOSE role: Lead WP Evaluation, Contribute to active dissemination, Provide feedbac
  • Duration: 30 months (from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2019
  • Partnership: 14 partners
  • EU programme: Erasmus + Sport Chapter - Collaborative Partnership - Call 2016
  • Scope: Sport movement

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and supported by the European Lotteries Association (EL), ASPIRE could serve as a pioneer in long-term perspective, using the added value of sport in offering a solution for inclusion during and after the settlement of refugees.


ASPIRE has the main aim to offer suitable participation opportunities for refugees in and through sport, physical activity and play. This aim can be best achieved by the development and implementation of a training module that can support people involved in sport to adapt their existing coaching activities to the specific context of the refugees.

The training module will enhance the skills and competences of facilitators in the area of psychosocial support and intercultural learning, and also compile innovative approaches to make sports organisations more open, accessible and inclusive.

This will be reached through the following specific objectives:

  • Increasing the knowledge and evidence-base of working with vulnerable people, especially refugees, the organisational challenges and needs, and identifying good practice examples
  • Supporting sport organisations to offer suitable participation opportunities for refugees with the help of innovative educational approaches
  • Enhancing skills and competences of facilitators especially in the area of psychosocial support and intercultural sensitiveness
  • Enhancing intercultural dialogue between refugees and host communities
  • Raising awareness of the added value of sport in promoting the social inclusion of refugees.


Main expected outcomes:

  • An academic  research on the needs and challenges of refugees and sport organisations.
  • A training module targeting people involved in sport (e.g. coaches, project leaders, volunteers), but potentially also PE teachers, as well as social and aid workers and refugees with a sporting background.
  • 9 national training sessions to test the training (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Spain, and Sweden)
  • ASPIRE Kick-off Press release

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ESSA Sport – A European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • EOSE role: _
  • Duration: 36 months (from 01st November 2016 until 30th October 2019)
  • Partnership: 24 partners from 18 different EU Member States - including the EU recognised social partners and 18 national organisations
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Sector Skills Alliances – Call 2016

Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project strives to deliver the first Europe-wide Employment and Skills map for the whole sport and physical activity sector.


ESSA-Sport is a research and consultation project and a major opportunity for the sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.

Despite a very competitive call, it is encouraging to highlight that only four sectors have been funded. This 3 years initiative, coordinated by EOSE (Applicant) and the two recognised EU social partners, gathers a total of 24 partners from 18 different EU Member States. Such an Alliance will provide a real basis for on-going collaboration to help sport grow and succeed and to fulfil its
growing potential.


Main expected outputs:

  • A project leaflet
  • The first EU wide Employment and Skills map of the sport and physical activity sector across the 28 Member States
  • Development of national stakeholder groups
  • A European Strategic Skills Action Plan (priorities/recommendations) to help ensure education, training and qualifications are geared to the realities of the sector
  • Creation of a EU Sector Skills Alliance as a sustainable mechanism


The ESSA-Sport is a research project that can create the conditions for change and improvement but does not in itself deliver that change. It can point the way and help win the hearts and minds of the key stakeholders and gain their commitment to make the journey. But without this first step the journey cannot begin

  • ESSA-Sport Leaflet

  • ESSA-Sport Press Release

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