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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George PIGOS

  • Department Manager of Sport Unites at the General Secretariat of Sport in Greec
  • Greek

Dr. George Pigos is Department Manager of Sport Unites at the General Secretariat of Sport in Greece. The Sports Unities Department is responsible for: the sport recognition in Sports Clubs, Associations and Federations as well as the registration and evaluation of sports Federations and sports associations regarding their sporting activity.

He holds a Ph.D. in Biomechanics/Kinisiology from the University of Liverpool, Faculty of Medicine)


 Major involvement with EOSE: Leading the National Stakeholders Group and the research in Greece for the ESSA-Sport project

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  • Director of CEDI
  • Spanish

Dr. Javier Pérez Tejero is a Doctor in Physical Education and Sports Science and Director of the Center for Adaptive Sport at the University of Physical Activity and Adapted Sport, Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (INEF), of the Polytechnic University of Madrid Principal Researcher.

He is a collaborator in several national and international research projects related to Physical Activity and Adapted Sports in competitive public and private competitions.

He holds a European Master in Adapted Physical Activity (University of Leuven, 2001).

 Major involvement with EOSE: Leading the National Stakeholders Group and the research in Spain for the ESSA-Sport project

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  • Lecturer and Researcher on Sport Management at the National Sports Academy
  • Bulgarian

Ivan Slavchev is Lecturer and Researcher on Sport Management at the National Sports Academy. He has been Assistant in Department of Sports Management at the National Sports Academy since February 2009 and is a sports referee in track and field since 2002.

In 2007 he graduated as a bachelor in Physical therapy with second major Physical Education and additional major Sports Journalism.


 Major involvement with EOSE: Leading the National Stakeholders Group and the research in Bulgaria for the ESSA-Sport project, Leader of the WP7 on Guide to Sustainability for the S2A-Sport project

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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

  • Professor of Sport Management at LUNEX University (Luxemburg) and associate researcher, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Belgium

Mathieu Winand is Professor of Sport Management at LUNEX University (Luxemburg) since late 2017. He was previously 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.

Having 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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