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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RBT : Row the BoaT project

  • Promoter: The European Association of Sport Employers (EASE)
  • EOSE role: Involved in the development of the bid, Desk research, Consultation, Dissemintation
  • Duration: 15 months (01/12/2006 to 29/02/2008)
  • Partnership: 11 organisations: 3 EU Networks and 8 national organisations
  • EU programme: DG Employment, social affairs and inclusion, Call for Proposals VP/2006/001 ‘Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue’
  • Scope: Sport and Active leisure sector

Reinforce the representativeness of the social partners in the sport sector

The project was led by EASE in close collaboration with EURO-MEI, as the organised voice of employees in the sport sector. The management group was, therefore, composed of EASE and EURO-MEI with the support of EOSE – the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment. These organisations mobilise their national contacts through their networks.

The general aim of the “Row the BoaT project” – RBT project – was to develop the social dialogue in the European sports sector through the reinforcement of existing social partners, and through EASE and EURO-MEI’s joint work to support the development of social partners in countries where the social dialogue in the sport sector is emerging or less developed.
All this work was carried out with the intention of submitting an application for the creation of a sport social dialogue committee at the end of the project.

The early period of the project consisted in establishing:

  • the 2 “Maps of the 100” (RBT database) meaning mapping existing employer and employee organisations, social partners within the 25 EU Member States (as of 31.12.2006), and the 4 sport sub-sectors identified and represented within EASE (professional sport, voluntary sport, fitness and outdoors);
  • an overview of the sport systems in the EU: the organisation of sports in the EU Member States has an impact on the way employee and employer organisations are structured and developed.

Then, the social partners were approached simultaneously but at 3 different levels by 4 teams of 2 organisations (representatives). Each team consisted of 1 representative of EASE and 1 of EURO-MEI.

The objective of this structuring through 3 levels of action and 4 operational teams was to provide to all actors of the social dialogue in the sport sector in the EU Member States an answer to the needs corresponding to the level of development of the social dialogue in their countries.


EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • Support the development of Social Dialogue in the sector.
  • The development of the bid.
  • Supervising and leading the preliminary research establishing an overview of the existing social partners in the sport sector in the EU Member States and an overview of the sport systems in the European Union.
  • The overall consultations and in dissemination process.
  • RBT Final Report

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EQFOA – European Qualification for Outdoor Animators

  • Promoter: SkillsActive UK
  • EOSE role: Technical advices, Management of the European Labour Market Information, Dissemination and exploitation.
  • Duration: 24 months (01/10/2006 to 30/09/2008)
  • Partnership: Training Providers, employers and EU Networks from 8 different European countries
  • EU programme: Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation
  • Scope: The Outdoors

In Europe, the Outdoor Leisure sector is recognised as a fast growing industry. Indeed, it is easier nowadays to travel from one country to another, people tend to benefit from more and more free time, and the whole year round, holiday-makers from all over Europe are increasingly seeking for active type vacations such as biking, hiking and mountaineering, skiing and snowboarding, sailing and windsurfing and many other outdoor activities.

As a consequence, more and more entrepreneurs are not only setting up private companies to provide this growing clientele with the services they desire, but are also seeking for competent qualified outdoor animators who unfortunately are difficult to find on the European labour market and are often trained in a variety of ways that are by no means related. At the same time, more and more young people are entering the outdoor leisure industry, but they face difficulties in finding the right training programs and qualifications to become animators in outdoor activities especially if they wish to practice their trade in more than one country.

It can therefore be concluded that although the industry continues to flourish, employers and employees have difficulties matching each other’s requirements because Vocational Education Training is at best unclear and at worse non-existent in the Outdoors sector in Europe. It is more than crucial to develop a professional structure for the outdoor industry.
A collection of partners from the project met together and decided to develop this proposal to produce some crucial and indispensable tools and European standards aiming at providing a better visibility of the outdoors sector, in terms of staff competencies. Employers’ unions have called for the development of these standards to ensure transparency of qualifications across the sector in Europe; increase the number and quality of trained professionals; encourage and enable mobility of workers; and improve the content of training programmes in relation with the needs of the market and employers.

The specific aims of the project were:

  • To develop and validate the Industry Occupational Map for the Outdoor sector across EU.
  • To research and produce Individual Job Descriptions and profiles for the current job activities of Outdoor professionals in the partner countries.
  • To develop and agree the Industry Functional Map for the whole Outdoor Sector across EU.
  • To produce and sign off a Competence Framework with technical and non-technical competences.
  • To explore the Feasibility of Developing a Verification Process to validate qualifications of professionals in the Outdoor sector.
  • To research the Labour Market to establish number of enterprises and employment patterns and the Vocational Training Systems.


EOSE was in particular involved in:

  • The technical and management team.
  • Providing technical advices on the way and different steps to develop occupational standards (7 Step Model).
  • The management European Labour Market Information survey carried out in Europe as package leader: development of the research, collection and analysis of the data.
  • The consultation proces.
  • Dissemination and exploitation of the project outcomes.
  • EQFOA Research Report

  • EQFOA Occup Map

  • EQFOA Functional Map

  • EQFOA Competence Framework

  • EQFOA Leaflet

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VOCASPORT – Vocational Education and Training related to Sports in Europe: Situation, Trends and Perpectives

  • Promoter: Consortium: EOSE - ENSSEE - EZUS Lyon
  • EOSE role: Bid development, Project management, Definition & Implementation of the research methodology, Involvement of EOSE network of experts, Analysis of the data collected, Development of a European Report
  • Duration: 7 months (01/01/2004 to 31/07/2004)
  • Partnership: Correspondents from the 25 EU Countries
  • EU programme: DG Education and Culture
  • Scope: Sport and Active Leisure sector in Europe

VOCASPORT was a project focusing on the relation between vocational training and employment in sports and across Europe.

In the increasingly complex, global and competitive European sport industry, efficient and well-structured educational training practices and programmes are a fundamental source for competitive advantage and the development of the sector. The vision of VOCASPORT was to understand the trends and the gaps of current vocational training practices in the sport sector in the 25 EU and candidate countries, to analyse their relations with broader national policies and especially to test the degree of implementation of the EU principles set in the “Copenhagen Declaration” at the national sectoral level.
The main objectives of the VOCASPORT project were to:

  • Provide an update on the state and size of the European Labour Market in sport and sport related sectors;
  • Report on the situation of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in sport and sport related sectors in the E.U. and E.U. candidates countries;
  • Identify possible European common trends, especially with reference to the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration at the national level;
  • Evaluate the compatibility and impact of Vocational Education and Training on the Sport Labour Market and Job Creation at the national and European level;
  • Identify national or European wide gaps between education and training on one side and needs of the sector;
  • Formulate guidelines and applicable recommendations for the further improvement of Vocational Education and Training in the Sport Sector within a clear European Perspective.


Products and results developed through the project are as follow:

  • 25 National reports and a global executive summary including  detailed analysis and state of the art of the national systems of Vocational Education and Training in Sport;
  • Updated statistics on the sport labour market in 25 countries;
  • Overview of the national vocational training programmes and providers in Sport Vocational Education and Training;
  • A set of guidelines and recommendations debated with the various stakeholders;
  • A set of Web resources and databases on Vocational Education and Training in Sport;

A main European event (Paris, 28-29 May 2004) with the participation of more than 100 experts from all the countries involved in the project.

  • Vocasport Rapport Final (FR)

  • Vocasport Final Report (EN)

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EUROSEEN – European Observatoire for Sport Education and Employment Network

  • Promoter: SPRITO Directions
  • Duration: 24 months (01/10/2003 to 30/09/2005)
  • Partnership: 11 partners from 7 different EU Countries
  • EU programme: Leonardo da Vinci Programme
  • Scope: Sport and Active leisure sector

The objectives of EUROSEEN were to target, build and develop a network of key research organisations across European countries (EOSE), all of whom have an interest in developing research related to standards, materials and methods in education and training for the Sports and Active leisure industries. This project supported the Social Dialogue Network in the Sports Sector to map the Sport and Active Leisure Market of Europe. It carried out research in three major areas which were the size and scope of the enterprises in the Labour Market, the size and scope of occupations within the labour market and the relationship with the training provision serving both facets of the Sport and Active Leisure Sector which were interrogated by identifying skills gaps and shortages. The results were published in a Workforce Plan.

The main activities were as follows:

  • To carry out desk researches and surveys to identify the data relevant to the key areas above.
  • To develop a dedicated website for the project.
  • To develop a guide and operational manual for organisations wishing to become Observatoires in Sport and Active Leisure.
  • Which promoted:
    - an understanding of enterprises in Sport and Active Leisure.
    - an understanding of occupations in Sport and Active Leisure.
    - an understanding of training provision aimed at Sport and Active Leisure.

To develop a sector workforce development plan for Europe.


“The International Tennis Federation is very pleased of its co-operation with EOSE. The research [conducted] provides extremely valuable information in the development of the Tennis Sector at European level.
The methodological and conceptual approach of this study on the workforce development plan for the European Tennis Sector is based on multiple investigation techniques, which include both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The research, by involving all the organisations related to the tennis industry, helps to build reliable knowledge capable of understanding the increasingly complexity of the tennis sector in Europe and the wide range of factors that influence it.”
Miguel Crespo, PhD. / Development Research Officer / International Tennis Federation

  • EUROSEEN Introduction WDP in the Sport Sector

  • EUROSEEN European Tennis Workforce Development Plan

  • EUROSEEN European Fitness Workforce Development Plan

  • EOSE Leaflet (FR)

  • EOSE Leaflet (EN)

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AEHESIS – Aligning a European Higher Education Structure in Sport Science

  • Promoter: ENSSEE
  • EOSE role: Support and dissemination
  • Duration: 48 months (01/10/2003 to 30/09/2007)
  • Partnership: 86 partners from 29 different European countries (Organisations, Academic Institutions and Training Organisation)
  • EU programme: Erasmus Programme
  • Scope: Sport and Active Leisure sector

The idea to create the sport related Thematic Network Project AEHESIS “Aligning a European Higher Educational Structure In Sport Science’” was developed in 2002. One year later in autumn, the Socrates Programme of the European Commission started funding the four year project (2003 – 2007).
In this regard the AEHESIS Project especially paid attention to the Bologna Process as well as to the methodologies and results of the Tuning Project implemented by the European Commission. The project was co-ordinated by the Institute of European Sport Development & Leisure Studies at the German Sport University Cologne on behalf of the European Network of Sport Science, Education and Employment (ENSSEE).

The main activities of the AEHESIS project were to map all sport science programmes in the four designated sport science areas (Sport Management, Physical Education, Health & Fitness and Sport Coaching) provided by Higher Education Institutes in Europe, to draw up a general overview of the implementation of the Bologna process within those programmes and to compile a report on all research findings.

  • AEHESIS Report 1st YEAR

  • AEHESIS ReportSummary

  • AEHESIS Report 2nd YEAR

  • AEHESIS Report 3rd YEAR

  • AEHESIS ExecutiveSummary Physical Education

  • AEHESIS ExecutiveSummary Coaching

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BSDSS – Building the Social Dialogue in the Sport Sector

  • Promoter: The European Association of Sport Employers (EASE)
  • Duration: 12 months (01/09/2003 to 31/08/2004)
  • Partnership: 12 partners (Social Partners and EU Networks)
  • EU programme: Directorate General Employment, Call for proposal VS/2003/003-DGEMPL/D/2-S
  • Scope: Sport and Active leisure sector

As a consequence of the former project ‘Preparing for a Social Dialogue in the Sport Sector’, supported by the European Commission (VS/2001/0707) it was crucial to provide to all actors of the social dialogue in the sport sector in European countries an answer to the needs corresponding to the level of development of the social dialogue in their countries.
The general purpose of the BSDSS project was to implement the social dialogue in the sport sector in Europe.

It was done through 3 kind of initiatives:

  • Regular and interactive information about the social actors and the social dialogue in the sport sector in all the European countries;
  • Research/support to the key countries where the social dialogue has started but not covered the whole sport sector;
  • Implementation of a European social dialogue with the participation of the established European social partner’s organisations and the recognised national social partners in the sport sector.

The main operational objectives of the project were:

  • Promote the social dialogue in all European countries: Develop and strengthen national social actors through European information (with a particular emphasize in the following EU countries: PT, LU, FI, AT, IE, DK and in the applicant countries);
  • Research opportunities to strengthen national social dialogue through European support with a special attention to the following countries: UK, IT, DE, ES and BE.
  • Support social dialogue at the European level
  • Strengthen the European social partners (EASE, Uni-Europa) and increase their representativeness.
  • Start a European social dialogue in the sport sector based on the contribution of established national Social Partners (in SE, NL and FR) and with the participation of the targeted countries (UK, IT, DE, ES and BE).
  • BSDSS Final Report

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