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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

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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