EOSE’s network of Associates is made up of experts considered as authorities on their own field and in their own country.

Thanks to the wide variety of profiles it allows EOSE to break down barriers between different professional fields in order to build a collective expertise on sport as a societal fact while being a relevant and legitimate source of knowledge and strategic facilitator to support the development of Sport and Active Leisure including employment, sports systems, developing standards, competence, qualifications and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Here below you can find out about EOSE’s asssociates.

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  • KF Innovative Business Ltd Managing Director & IHRSA International Public Policy Advisor , UFIT Project Manager, IHRSA Europe Council.
  • Irish

Kilian has held positions including top level management of leisure facilities in London, He also has extensive consultancy experience, and served as CEO of ILAM, the Irish National Leisure Industry Association for eleven years and on the IHRSA International Board of Directors as the first European born and based Director (IHRSA is the Global Fitness Body based in Boston USA with members in over 70 Countries). He was appointed as Chair of IHRSA Membership & Standards Committee for 2011-2012. He represents IHRSA as the only physical activity representative on the BIAC Health Task Force advising the OECD. This role over the past number of years has enabled him to work alongside VP level of major multi nationals , public policy advisors from WHO, OECD and various business and government agencies in helping to influence and develop national and European government health care policies. He has been involved and/or led eleven European projects to date, developed the ILAM White Flag Standard (the Industry Quality standard) and set up REPS Ireland as Ireland’s national register for exercise instructors and personal trainers and facilitated the m.o.u between IHRSA and ICREPS.

Major involvement with EOSE: Vocasport, Euroseen, ECVET Fitness, Clo2, EQFOA

Juris Grants


  • Professor, Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE)
  • Latvian

Juris Grants is a Doctor of Pedagogy and a Professor of Sport Pedagogy at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE), he holds PhD degree.

Lecturing on outdoor education and recreation didactics and management, lifelong learning programs concerning coach education, his current research interests are related to people psychological state during outdoor recreation activities, elite sport training and dual career.

Together with colleagues from HEI of three Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) he was one of the founders of the Baltic Sport Science Society with the aim to provide Sports Science development in the Baltic countries and Europe. He is participating in projects in collaboration with the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the EC, Böson Sports College and Swedish Institute.

Major involvement with EOSE:  Dual Career – Education and Training in Sport, National Ambassador in VSport+ project.



  • Sociologist
  • Portugese

Cristina is a sociologist working in the Portuguese National Sport Authority (NSA) for several years.

Having graduated from ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) with a Sociology degree, she attended the Masters in Communication, Culture and Information Technology and is currently doing her PHD in Sociology in the same University.

Cristina joined IPDJ, IP (the portuguese NSA) in 1997, working in the Training and Qualification Department were she have been involved in the development, coordination and operation of programs and projects of research and development in the sport sector, in particular related with vocational education and training in sport and women and sport. She also have worked in Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH) – Technical University of Lisbon as a Teaching Assistant of Sociology of Sport.

Major involvement with EOSE: EQF-Sport project, LLL-Sport project; ALL for SPORT for ALL project

Elena malikova


  • Director of Department of Education and International Affairs in Sport of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
  • Slovak

Elena is currently Director of Department of Education and International Affairs in Sport of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. She is especially in charge of sport education as well as international affairs in sport.

She graduated at the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics in Bratislava and is also a graduate of the IOC MEMOS programme on sport management.

In the period of 2004 – 2007 she was Head of Department of Education within the National Sport Centre in Slovakia where she was in charge of the nation-wide non-formal and informal education of sport experts.

Elena has also been member of the EU Expert Group « Education and Training in Sport ».

Major involvement with EOSE: VSport+ project, Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe, Member of the Executive Board from October 2012 to March 2014

John Thorpe


  • Consultant
  • British

John is currently a freelance consultant based in North Derbyshire and also a qualified vocational assessor and external verifier.

Having graduated from the University of Birmingham, he qualified as a teacher at Loughborough Colleges before completing a Masters in Physical Education at the University of Sheffield.

After 7 years as a secondary school teacher and a further 10 years as a senior lecturer in Further Education, John worked for a research consultancy developing the very first national occupational standards and national vocational qualifications for the Sector before, in 1990, joining the Industry Lead Body for Sport and Recreation (ILB). He then worked for 22 years for SPRITO and SkillsActive becoming Director for Technical Standards. John has been a freelance consultant since June 2012.

Major involvement with EOSE: International Rugby Board Comparative study to assist movement of qualified coaches.

Mathieu Winand

Mathieu WINAND

  • Lecturer, School of Sport, University of Stirling and associate researcher, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Belgium

Mathieu Winand is Lecturer in Sport Management in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling (UK) and Programme Director of the MSc Sport Management at Stirling. H

aving graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) with a Sports Studies degree and a Master in Management Science, he holds a PhD in Sport Management. He is also a research associate of the Belgian Olympic Chair from the Université catholique de Louvain. Mathieu is involved in research networks such as EOSE (European Observatoire of Sport and Employment), the international research on Sport Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) and as Programme Chair at the strategic interest group ‘Managing Sport’ at EURAM (European Academy of Management).

 Major involvement with EOSE: LLLSport – Actions towards the Lifelong Learning Stategy for Sport; Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe.

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