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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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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SUCCESS – Capacity Building Programme for Public Service Sports Administrators

  • Promoter: KMS (Kunsill Malti Ghall-iSport)
  • EOSE role: Technical expertise; Developping & running the programme
  • Duration: 15 months (01/09/2013 to 31/12/2014)
  • Partnership: 2 core partners
  • EU programme: European Social Fund
  • Scope: Public Sports Administrators

The implementation of EU Commission’s White Paper on Sport and the ensuing developments in key areas pertaining to social dialogue in the sector has meant that Public Sector Sports Administrators employed by the Beneficiary have to operate at a completely different level to meet these new obligations and build activities to address established health, educational and social targets.

This proposed Capacity Building Programme aims to equip these Public Officials with a skills-set for optimal administration of publicly-funded Sports resources, management of projects that address issues relating to the development of social dialogue, meet new good governance requirements, and develop competencies to operate within EU forums effectively. It strengthens the institutional and administrative capacity of the Beneficiary in its roles as regulator and provider of services in the Sport and Active Leisure sector to support local sports from grassroots to elite level, as a means of promoting social cohesion.


EOSE role will in particular consists in:

  • Conducting a desk research amongst partners for existing programmes and good practices;
  • Building a Competence Framework for Sport Administrators;
  • Developing training material (LO, assessment strategies, teaching methods, credits etc);
  • Identifying lecturers; Supporting the building and delivery of the training programme;
  • Finding placements for Maltese traineeships across Europe.



“The ESF 4.216-SUCCESS-Capacity Building Programme for Public Sports Administrators project, supported by EOSE, has been a success for SportMalta. This was indeed the first time that employees were given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and embark on both a training programme and a unique internship experience abroad. […] Learning Mobility offers a unique platform of building substantial network of long-term contacts where ideas can be interchanged and discussed. As Head of this entity I strongly recommend other employers to engage in learning mobility experiences which are of great value to both employees and the company.”

Mark Cutajar, CEO of Sport Malta

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Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport

Feasibility Study on Possible Future Mobility Measures for Sport in the EU

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • EOSE role: Management of the consultation process, report writing
  • Duration: 8 months (28/02/2013 to 28/10/2013)
  • Partnership: Consortium of 3 organisations: Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) - European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) - Sport and Citizenship
  • EU programme: Open call for tender (EAC/20/2012)
  • Scope: European Union

The Consortium has been appointed by the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC) to carry out a feasibility study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU. The work has been awarded to the Consortium following an open call for tender (EAC/20/2012) and was carried out over the next 8 months, finishing in October 2013.

The feasibility study aimed to analyse current learning mobility opportunities in sport and then make detailed recommendations to help the EC to determine whether funding of sport learning mobility measures at the European level is necessary in future EU funding programmes. Criteria and options on how the funding might be established, organised and structured were put forward. The Team sought to challenge the thinking and perceptions of the sector in relation to learning mobility and the Study provided an excellent opportunity for the Sector to help shape this important aspect of European policy, and therefore be well placed to benefit from the outcomes.

The Study focused specifically on the needs and opportunities for non-professional athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers of non for profit sport organisations to participate in EU mobility programmes through:

  • An analysis of the current situation concerning access to learning mobility for people in key roles in sport.
  • An evaluation of other sector-based learning mobility opportunities that exist alongside those through EU programmes.
  • An analysis of the potential benefits, needs and expectations of learning mobility for the sport sector followed through consultation with representatives of networks, organisations and experts active in the sector at both the European and national level.
  • An analysis of the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport “Erasmus+” and the new “Citizenship Europe” programme, which was to start in early 2014.


Main findings of the study were as follow:

  • On one hand there is clearly a strong demand for learning mobility in the sportsector. Sport recognises the benefit for the individual, for their organisation and for sport as a whole that would arise from an increase in learning mobility. Yet on the other hand, sport has only participated at a low level in the programmes designed to make learning mobility a reality.
  • Awareness levels of the opportunities offered by the EU funded programmes have been low in the sport sector and sport has lacked the organisation and capacity to engage.
  • The sport sector is neither well-understood by, nor engaged with the generic organisations that specialise in supporting and leading mobility programmes at a national level.
  • The engagement of sport in learning mobility needs to be given a new impetus, capitalising on the increased profile of mobility generated both by the launch of Erasmus+ itself and the significant interest generated through the consultation process in the Feasibility Study, which has identified considerable latent interest and demand from the sector.
  • The new Erasmus+ programme offers a good range of opportunities to financially support learning mobility in the Sport Sector, through the Education and Youth chapters. The Sport Chapter should be used to create the right conditions to support sport in accessing and implementing an enhanced level of quality learning mobility.
  • Learning mobility should be embedded in the Sport Chapter as a prime tool to promote and disseminate good practice in support of the key policy areas to be supported by the Chapter e.g. good Governance. The inclusion of learning mobility as tool in project proposals and collaborative partnerships should be encouraged.



“When taking part in the Consultation Workshop on the ‘Feasibility Study on possible future mobility measures for sport in the EU’ organised by EOSE during the European Union Sport Forum in Vilnius on October 1st, 2013, I was impressed by the conclusions of the consultation process of athletes.”

Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes Commission

  • Executive Summary (EN, FR, GE)

  • Final Report

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S4G – Sport for Good governance

  • Promoter: EOC EU Office
  • EOSE role: Evaluation Work package leader, Support the research of good practices and collection of data, Dissemination
  • Duration: 17 months (01/02/2012 to 30/06/2013
  • Partnership: 14 partners from across Europe (sport organisations, educational institutions, public organisations, specialist organisation)
  • EU programme: 2011 Preparatory Action on Sport, 'Promoting innovative approaches to strengthen the organisation of sport in Europe'
  • Scope: Sport movement

The governance and management of sports is a matter of public interest. This interest steadily increased over the years, as sport professionalised and commercialised blurring the border between amateur and professional sport. The Olympic Congress of Copenhagen 2009 stated that the legitimacy and autonomy of the Olympic movement depends on upholding the highest standards of ethical behaviour and good governance. On these premises the project “Sport for Good Governance” (S4GG) was built upon.

The main objective of the project S4GG was to promote and support the implementation of good governance principles in sport organisations in Europe by probing the present situation of their implementation, raising awareness on governance and providing practical guidance on good governance principles to sport organisations.

The main project activities had been:

• Peer review meetings to get in-depth knowledge on governance and good practices identified on the basis of a questionnaire.

• Development of a “Guide to Good Governance in Sport – how to implement” to give support to implement good governance principles.

• A questionnaire targeting national sports umbrella organisations and national sport federations to collect relevant data on good governance systems and models of good practices.

• Communication and dissemination as well as awareness raising (training session).

  • S4GG Flyer

  • S4GG Project Report

  • Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance

  • S4GG Toolkit

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