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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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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VSPORT+ – A cross-sectoral Valorisation Framework for the Lifelong Learning Strategy in Sport

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • EOSE role: _
  • Duration: 29 months (01/11/2011 to 31/03/2014)
  • Partnership: 16 National Ambassadors
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007/2013, KA4 Multilateral projects
  • Scope: Sport and Active Leisure sector

The VSPORT+ project will support activities focussed on affecting organisational changes to the Education and Training system within the Sport and Active Leisure sector. As the sector continues to grow it is apparent that are gaps between the worlds of education and employment. In order to address this disconnect the VSPORT+ project, through a series of awareness raising activities, will seek to transfer and implement the Lifelong Learning Strategy for the Sport and Active Leisure Sector. VSPORT+ is an ambitious project which has the potential to facilitate the changes the sector needs to become more organised and successful in taking its place as a sector of significance at the European Level.

The key aims of the VSPORT+ project are to:

  • Ensure a successful dissemination of the Lifelong Learning Strategy at the International, European, national, regional and local levels
  • Encourage and support the transfer and implementation of the Strategy at all levels
  • Stimulate changes within vocational education to ensure it is fit for purpose and aids employability and mobility.



There has been an anarchy regarding the qualifications and competencies for people working in the sport system in the country… This is the very first attempt to approach this issue through a sustainability perspective for developing the human resources in the sport industry in the country”.

Nicos Kartakoullis, Vice President for Development at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus


“The VSPORT+ project represented a key opportunity for the alignment of the Italian strategy in the field of training and education to the European Policy. The adoption of the 7 steps model represented, also, the first step toward the modernization of the Italian sport and active leisure sector.”

Simone Digennaro, Grant Researcher at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy


An important point of the Vsport+ project is to introduce the 7 Step Model to the society of Latvia with the purpose to develop a Cross Sectoral Valorisation Framework to raise awareness of the Lifelong Learning Strategy for the Sport & Active Leisure Sector. The main impact of the Project was to receive feedback from stakeholders (representatives from Ministries, Sports Federations & Associations, the Olympic Committee, educators – University teachers) thereby to know more about national specific character.

Juris Grants, Professor at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Latvia


VSport+ project was a real opportunity to contact the French stakeholders and make them aware about the main European challenges. [...] Even if some stakeholders think first they are far from these issues, they all discovered different possibilities and ways used abroad with interest. So, beyond this project, materials and documents, the most important, in my opinion, was to gather, meet and exchange. It was big opportunity to move on”.

Jean Louis Gouju, Director of the CAFEMAS, France

  • VSPORT+ Executive Summary (4 langages)

  • VSPORT+ European Report

  • VSPORT+ Flyer

  • VSPORT+ Brochure

  • VSPORT+ Leaflet

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eLearning Fitness


  • Promoter: University of Rome La Sapienza
  • EOSE role: Conducting a desk research / Leading dissemination WP
  • Duration: 36 months (01/01/2011 to 31/03/2014)
  • Partnership: 19 core partners in 12 countries
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007/2013 Multilateral projects
  • Scope: Fitness sector

Since formulation of the EQF-Fitness, there has been an enormous need to qualify the currently active fitness professionals who are affecting over 40 million Europeans through health enhancing physical activity as well as training and educating new instructors according to the EQF structure.
However due to distance and/or professional commitments, it becomes necessary to facilitate the training for all who operate as fitness professionals, overcoming the difficulties which prevent those who live in outlying areas from participating in suitable training courses and continuing professional development. Open and distance learning is a flexible way for training and continuing education during the individual’s free time.

The main objectives of the project/network are

  • to create a European training system for e-learning in fitness to cover the minimum standards for both the theory (knowledge) and the practical skills and competencies
  • to create a platform for an interactive national professional register which will collaborate with other international registers.

During the life of the project at least 300 persons will undergo the eLF training program (an average of 20 per each partner country). The eLF outcomes will be used by the Fitness VET organisations to qualify current instructors and to give the basic (minimum standards) knowledge, skills and competencies to new instructors.

The website and e-learning structures will continue beyond the life of the project with the aim of enlarging the number of European countries using the eLF European standard e-learning system related to EQF and the Exercise register for the all Member States.
The methodology used by the eLF partnership may be transferred to other realities in the same sector, as well as in other sectors, providing recommendations useful to exploit LLP results in the best way.

  • eLF Infography dissemination impact assesment

  • eLF PressRelease

  • eLF Flyer

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  • Promoter: Leadership Academy of the DOSB
  • EOSE role: Dissemination WP Leader, Mapping of institutional key stakeholders in EU MS, Support in project management & final report writing
  • Duration: 18 months (01/01/2011 to 30/06/2011)
  • Partnership: 7 National and 3 European Organisations
  • EU programme: 2010 Preparatory Action on Sport, 'Promoting volunteering in sport'
  • Scope: Sport Volunteers

Mapping Strategies and Good Practices of Human Resource Development for Volunteers in Sports Organisations in Europe

As a follow up to some conclusions of the EU Study on Volunteering assigned by the European Commission and carried out by GHK in 2009, Training for Volunteers (T4V) gathered (under the leadership of the Leadership Academy of the German Olympic Sports Confederation) a network of experts from nine Member States who researched volunteering in sport and tried to broaden existing perspectives on education and training in the sector.

In short the analysis focused on two research questions: How can the individual be empowered to meet the requirements and increasing quality standards of the sports organisation and how should instruments of human resource management be applied within voluntary sports organisations to make volunteering in sport a valuable and attractive experience for the individual?

By implementing human resource management in organised sport, T4V aimed at empowering people for and through their work in voluntary sports organisations.

Training 4 Volunteers has developed a comprehensive theoretical framework of human resource development for volunteers. The framework refers to the individual, organisational and social level.

  • T4V Vizualisation HRDC

  • T4V Theoretical framework of HR development for volunteers

  • T4V Final Report

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