European Funded projects

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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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Becoming the Hub – The Health and Fitness Sector and the future of Health Enhancing Physical Activity

  • Promoter: European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA)
  • EOSE role: Research + analysis of HEPA main policies & campaigns (FR & GE), Consultation (identification of stakeholders + analysis + report)
  • Duration: 14 months (01/01/2010 to 01/03/2011)
  • Partnership: 3 partners from 3 European countries
  • EU programme: 2009 Preparatory Action on Sport, 'Promoting health and physical activity'
  • Scope: Health and Physical Activity Sector

The project determined how the health and fitness sector can positively contribute to the drive to promote health-enhancing physical activity across the European Union through sport. It will identify and spread best practices across EHFA’s pan-European network in the belief that the passion and expertise of exercise, fitness and sport professionals can be utilised as a major tool in the battle against sedentary lifestyles, ill health, obesity and social exclusion.

As part of preparatory actions to bring about this outcome, it was necessary to assess and review what is currently happening across Europe and to clarify how EHFA can contribute to raising the activity levels of European citizens. This was done with its stakeholders across the European sporting community, and identified the opportunities and barriers to mutually supportive partnerships.

By identifying current best practice and spreading it throughout the EHFA network, this project had the potential to provide an enabling and catalytic affect to the relationship of the health and fitness sector to civic society, government, the healthcare sector and the education sector.

  • HUB Final Report

  • HUB Final Report Appendix

  • HUB Executive Summary

  • HUB Flyer

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DC-SPORT – Dual Career for young athletes in Europe

  • Promoter: Bosön Sports College
  • EOSE role: Dissemination, Consultation with EOSE members on the concept of Dual Career and existing institutions at national level
  • Duration: 16 months (01/12/2009 to 31/03/2011)
  • Partnership: 9 partners from 9 European countries
  • EU programme: 2009 Preparatory Action on Sport, 'Promoting education and training in sport’
  • Scope: Education and Training in Sport

The aim of the project was to encourage and motivate cooperation in the sports field by developing suitable support and the tools needed by young athletes to enable them to have a dual career while focusing on:

  • Creating a functioning network and establish the best practices in sport training to increase possibilities for athletes to receive double career opportunities.
  • Finding better ways to provide “dual career” training for young sportsmen and sportswomen
  • Providing high quality local training centres to safeguard their educational and professional interests.

The project proposal included the following activities:

  • Research and studies intended for making methods and tools for sports organisations that facilitate the internal needs analysis and the exchange of best practices.
  • Conduct research on existing best practices and their context for young athletes.
  • Research on methods and courses of action that facilitate identification and classification of best practices will be conducted.
  • Needs analysis regarding the education and training for young athletes.
  • Mapping and segmentation of target groups, production of “key selling points” adapted to each segment, setting up of a dissemination activity plan production of promotional materials and activities according to the plan, evaluation of the effects of the dissemination,
  • Creation of a new European platform for sharing knowledge, dissemination and exploitation of good practice in education and sport
  • Meetings with partner organisations.
  • DC Sport Newsletter

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SPORT-AGENTS – Study on Sport Agents in the European Union

  • Promoter: KEA-Kern European Affairs
  • EOSE role: Collection of data and information on sports agents, Analysis of the main issues related the recognition of professional qualifications
  • Duration: 9 months (01/01/2009 to 01/10/2010)
  • Partnership: Consortium of 3 organisations: KEA, CDES and EOSE
  • EU programme: DG Education and Culture, Open Call for tender EAC/13/08
  • Scope: Sport and Active leisure sector

The general objective of the contract awarded to a consortium composed of a leader KEA European Affairs and 2 partners which are the “Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport “ CDES and the “European Observatoire of Sport and Employment” EOSE was to analyse the situation regarding sports agents in the European Union and to identify, analyse and describe the problems posed by their activities, as well as the solutions already provided by public and/or private stakeholders, in order to enable the European Commission, on the basis of the data collected, the problems identified and the analyses conducted, to assess whether intervention is required, and if so, at what level and in what form.
The specific objectives of the contract were as follows:

  • To chart the current situation regarding sports agents in the European Union;
  • To identify, analyse and describe the problems posed by sports agents’ activities;
  • To identify the public and private stakeholders involved in regulating the activities of sports agents in the EU;
  • To identify the laws/regulations, whether public or private, applying to sports agents in the EU;
  • To assess the degree to which these laws and regulations, whether public or private, offer an adequate response to the problems posed by the activities of sports agents.

 

The results delivered were as follow

  • Result 1: A detailed document charting the situation at EU level regarding sports agents, in terms of the sports they are involved in, their legal situation (and legal situation of other professions engaged in these activities), the volume of their economic activity, and their numbers.
  • Result 2: A detailed and analytical description of the problems identified in connection with sports agents’ activities.
  • Result 3: A detailed description of all the stakeholders involved in regulating the activity of sports agents in Europe.
  • Result 4: A detailed, typological description, in the form of country-by-country reports, of the mechanisms regulating the activity of sports agents in each of the 27 Member States of the European Union, plus a report detailing the regulations adopted by private stakeholders.
  • Result 5: An assessment of the degree to which these laws and regulations, whether public or private, offer an adequate response to the problems posed by the activities of sports agents.

 

EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • Establishing a state of play of the sports agents’ situation, socioeconomic importance and representation in Europe.
  • Collecting data and information, analyse the main questions related to the protection of sports persons and the recognition of professional qualifications.

 

  • Study on sports agents Final Report

  • Etude agents sportifs Rapport Final

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CLO2

  • Promoter: SkillsActive UK
  • EOSE role: Development of a research methodology, Consultation process (questionnaire & report), Conduct of an LMI Research
  • Duration: 24 months (01/10/2008 to 30/09/2010)
  • Partnership: 19 partners from 12 countries (Training Providers, Social Partners, EU Networks)
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007/2013, Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation
  • Scope: The Outdoors

Professionalising training and mobility for Outdoor animators in Europe bridging the gap between sector Competences and Learning Outcomes

At the European level, the Outdoor sub-sector, is a fast growing and developing activity area; as a consequence, employment needs are increasing rapidly and employers are seeking well trained professional employees, able to match the requirements of a more and more demanding clientele.

This being said, the definition by the Outdoors of a “Competence Framework” for Outdoor animator was in construction under the “EQFOA” project (www.eqfoa.eu).

The main aim of the 2 years European project in the Outdoors CLO2 lead by SkillsActive was to bridge from the “Competence Framework”, that is being finalised under the EQFOA project, to the skills and learning outcomes delivered by the training providers in the field.

The concrete aims of the CLO2 project were to:

  • Identify “Weight” and “EQF level” for the competences resulting from the “EQFOA” project;
  • Relate them to learning Outcomes bringing them together in a Unit and Credit Framework, as defined by partner training providers;
  • Conduct a European comparability study in the Outdoors to highlight the relationship between public, private and non for profit elements of the field (commonalities, differences…);
  • Address the methodology of this “bridging” issue;
  • Test the structure through pilot and consultation;
  • Search and proposed some scenario and further tools that may be useful to the sector in its quest for a quality assured sector framework Accreditation and verification processes;
  • Explore the feasibility of an emerging European Register of Outdoor Professionals (EROPS);
  • Research the Labour Market to establish number of enterprises and employment patterns and the Vocational Training Systems, organisations and programmes linked to the outdoor sector in the partner countries;
  • Ensure an efficient management and valorisation activities through the project.

 

EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • The management Group to ensure synergy with the LLL Strategy (7 Step Model)
  • The LMI Research: responsible to conduct an online survey to obtain a picture of the Outdoors in 11 EU countries
  • The research methodology development and validation: online questionnaire in 7 languages, survey put online, analysis, production of a report

 

  • CLO2 Learning Outcomes Framework Animators

  • CLO2- Feasibility Report Register

  • CLO2 Comparability Study

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EA – Fitness – European Accreditation

  • Promoter: Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ)
  • EOSE role: Dissemination, Consultation process (questionnaire & report), Conduct of an LMI Research
  • Duration: 24 months (03/10/2008 to 30/09/2010)
  • Partnership: 10 partners from 9 countries
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning programme, Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Scope: Health and Physical Activity Sector

Both employers and employees in the health and fitness industry are no longer confined by national boundaries. This provides a compelling problem: how can employers across Europe have confidence in the competence of their potential employee if they were trained outside of their national system and how can employees ensure that their qualifications are recognised wherever they decide to ply their trade. In partnership with the Directorate-General Education and Culture (DG EAC), the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) has developed an innovative solution that maps the provision of training across Europe to ensure that agreed common pan-European levels of competency are in place thus promoting transparency and mobility of workers.

Building on prior projects, this application aimed to provide a catalyst to the implementation of this solution by accrediting 14 institutions in 7 countries to the agreed European standards and establishing 7 national centres for the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS).

Additional work packages catalogued existing national training systems and providers, as well as revised the agreed standards and created new standards to meet emerging industry needs.
The project mission had been to provide a catalyst to the transfer of innovative accreditation and verification solutions for vocational education and training in the field of exercise and fitness qualifications across Europe.

 

EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • The LMI Research: responsible to conduct a research on situation, trends and perspectives for employment, mobility, VET systems and training programmes within Fitness in 8 EU countries
  • The Research methodology development and validation: online questionnaire, survey put online, analysis, production of a report
  • The Dissemination process

 

  • EA-Fitness Final Report Summary

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ECVET-Fitness – Consultation on a European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training

  • Promoter: SkillsActive / EHFA
  • EOSE role: Research/LMI Work Package Leader, Promotion and dissemination
  • Duration: 12 months (01/01/2007 to 31/12/2007)
  • Partnership: 15 partners from 10 different EU countries
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme 2007/2013, Leonardo da Vinci - ECVET Pilot Scope: Health and Fitness sector
  • Scope: Health and Physical Activity Sector

The ECVET-Fitness project was built on the results of the previous Eurofit-qst European project which produced a functional map, competence framework, occupational standards, learning outcomes and a verification system for the technical competence of Fitness Instructors, as well as the EHFA European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS ).
Following the completion of the Leonardo da Vinci project Eurofit-qst, the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) was restructured to enable the association to become a standards setting body for the Health and Fitness industry in Europe.
This new project had one main goal which was to develop and implement a European credit system for qualifications within the EQF framework in the fitness sector which map to the emerging ECVET structure proposed by the European Commission.
The specific aims of the project were:

  • To ensure that the credit system developed for Health and Fitness is fit for purpose fitting within the agreed framework and having synergy with the rest of SPORT;
  • To develop a vocational credit system compatible with ECVETS and the EQF for training programmes within the fitness sector at the European level;

To implement the EHFA verification system, developed in the Eurofit-qst project, within partner countries compatible with the emerging Common Quality Assurance Framework including extending EREPS in new partner countries.

 

EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • The work package to ensure the credit system developed for Health and Fitness is fit for purpose, aligned with the 7 Step Model and in synergy with the rest of the sport and active leisure sector (WP leader)
  • The subsequent consultations and in the promotion, dissemination and transfer of the project results during and after the forthcoming period of co-operation.

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