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S2A Sport: “From Strategy to Action: Supporting the professionalisation of sport organisations through the definition of work-based competencies and the development of fit-for-purpose training for Sport Administrators”

  • Promoter: EOSE
  • EOSE role: _
  • Duration: 30 months (from 01st September 2015 until 28th February 2018)
  • Partnership: 12 official partners (8 national partners and 4 European networks) representing 10 countries
  • EU programme: Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation – Call 2015
  • Scope: Sport and Active Leisure sector

INNOVATIVE EDUCATION FOR SPORT ADMINISTRATION IN EUROPE

The S2A project focused on the skills needed by “sport administrators” who have a crucial role in the delivery of sport. Sport administrators are working in paid and voluntary middle management roles in local, regional, national and European sport organisations across Europe. They have the responsibility to translate the overall strategy of their organisation into action, to turn the ambitions of the sport into real programmes that will attract more participants and bring success, to apply policies for good governance and to ensure the integrity of sport.

One of the key parts of the S2A project has been the implementation of the 7 Step Model for the development of industry-led occupational standards specifying the standards of performance, and defining the precise knowledge and skills Sport Administrators need to perform effectively as well as the production of a corresponding training programme handbook and material that were tested and piloted in the second part of the project.

The partnership is therefore thrilled to finally bring out to all stakeholders in the sport sector and beyond the series of innovative reports on Sport Administration –which can be read in conjunction with each other or as standalone documents (PDF versions downloadable at the bottom). This includes:

-  A Research Report showcasing the labour market situation, trends and perspectives for sport administration in Europe with detailed data and insights which confirm that, in recent years, sport organisations have been operating across a more complex environment that implies the demand for highly skilled and adaptable employees.

- The related Occupational Map for sport administration which draws on available data on the background, organisations, workforce and key drivers in sport administration to provide a broad frame of reference.

- The Occupational Descriptor which focuses on the generic job role of sport administrator, identifies the main occupational tasks, activities and responsibilities linked to this role and provides information about continuing professional development, opportunities for promotion and career progression.

- The Functional Map which builds upon the concept of functional analysis and presents a graphical representation of the main functions that were identified as part of the mapping of the sport administration area.

- The detailed Industry-led occupational standards specifying the standards of performance, and defining the precise knowledge and skills Sport Administrators need to perform effectively.

- The corresponding Training programme handbook which provides initial guidance in respect to the development of education and training opportunities in sport administration (including essential elements to be considered such as learning outcomes, accreditation and using occupational standards in the design of training, assessment, delivery and teaching).

- The Guide to Quality Assurance and Sustainability discusses quality assurance in several aspects of education as well as the concepts of accreditation and endorsement and explores sustainability strategies including target audience and uses and benefits of the S2A Sport outputs.

http://www.s2a-sport.eu
EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

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