Good practices



In this section you will discover some good and inspiring practices from all over Europe directly linked with the field of work of EOSE and/or where skills development is central: Labour market research, Learning mobility, Non formal and informal learning, Contribution of sport to employability, Inclusion and integration through sport

We hope you fill find what you are looking for. This section is not meant to be exhaustive however should you know about an initiative that should be listed, please feel free to let us know using the Contact form.


„North-East ParaSport Exchange. Effective management, good governance and human resource development in ParaSport“ (ParaX)

  • Organisation: Sport university – German Sport University Cologne
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: Jan 2014 – June 2015
  • Scope: European project involving the German Sport University Cologne (as leader) and National Olympic Committee from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden as well as Mykolas Romeris University and SPIN Sport Innovation

Topic: Support and guidance to learning mobility / Awareness raising campaign / Concrete activities and funding stream

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: 2013 Preparatory Action: European Partnership on Sports (open call for proposals EAC/S03/2013)

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): As its primary objective the proposed project tried to facilitate the development of ParaSport in Europe and to help establishing professional structures with a focus on the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). A structured mobility scheme for staff and volunteers was developed and employed to link the Baltic Paralympic Committees to their Nordic counterparts.
The project aims to offer insight into a variety of good practices. All partners got the possibility to thrive from experiences of the other partners and to mutually exchange ideas to strengthen ParaSport in the region of north-eastern Europe. ParaX focused on effective management, good governance, human resource management, communication, networking and leadership.

Target: Baltic and Nordic National Paralympic Committees.

Main results: Network of cooperation and exchange of good practice + sustainable mobility scheme for staff and volunteers

Factors of success: Cooperation between relevant and knowledgeable organisations – will to exchange on the development of the sub-sector.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Dr. Mark Ludwig, Project Manager (Institute of Communication and Media Research – German Sport University Cologne),, Phone: +49 221 4982-6230

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  • Organisation: AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe)
  • Theme: Non Formal and Informal Learning
  • When: Nov 2014 – Dec 2016
  • Scope: European project (Belgium, France and 4 pan-European organisations)

Topic: Validation of non-formal and informal learning / Awareness raising campaign / Guidance towards recognition & assessment of skills

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Erasmus+, Strategic Partnership for Youth (KA2)

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): It aims at establishing Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) taking place in youth organisations. The final goal is to propose a European Advanced Tool which would give internal recognition systems the external visibility and functionality for volunteers to be able to use their competences acquired during their activity as meaningful skills in their search for employment. The project also wants to support long-term volunteers in raising their awareness of competences acquired and their value in an employment context as well as in acquainting them with the identification and documentation procedures that are useful to go through national validation systems. Another objective is to raise the awareness of companies on the benefits and impact of long term volunteering for transversal competence development.
The project methodology is decomposed in a research phase and implementation of the guidelines.

Target: Young people and youth organisations.

Main results: Guidelines for the Recognition of non-formal and informal learning + Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers + Desk Research + Interviews + Collection of 11 self-assessment tools.
Findings from the Employers surveys = The competences of an applicant gained during a volunteering period can be as valuable to a company as the competences gained through formal learning (4.07/5) + They value the fact that an applicant was active as a volunteer in the final decision to hire a job applicant compared to other aspects, such as diplomas (3.88/5) + 40% stated that applicants struggle to explain the competences they have gained during a volunteering period + 46.15% of employers expressed the need for other certificates or a portfolio + Very few respondents use or recognise existing competence frameworks and recognition tools.

Factors of success: The 2 steps methodology: Step 1: Understanding the needs and expectations => Step 2: Creating guidelines that offer help!

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: Survey on the Recognition of Volunteers’ competences by Employers

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Training course on Physical education and sport for democracy and human rights (SPORT). Module A

  • Organisation: European Institution - Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe.
  • Theme: Inclusion and integration through sport
  • When: Oct 2014
  • Scope: European project, 29 education professionals from over 20 countries participate

Funding: Council of Europe

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): A trainer training course to empower education professionals and improve their transversal attitude skills and knowledge in the field of Physical education in order for sport to have beneficial outcomes and contribute to the individual’s whole personal development.
The module was divided in 4 days – 4 steps: Starting line, Move to learn, Learn to move and Ready, set, go! These steps included possible answers to questions: why, what for, from whom, how in setting the context of PE and Sport for HR and Democracy today.

Target: Education professionals and in particular sport and PE teachers.

Main results: Issues like the importance of PE and sport in the context of democracy and human rights, its specific content, challenges and resistances, as well as suggestions on how to overcome these, how to promote change in the field of PE and sport were among the outcomes of the training course.

Factors of success: Existing platform for collaborative work and the Community of Practice of the Pestalozzi Programme + important cascading effect through the adoption of the train the trainer approach + Preparatory work to adjust the programme to the participants’ expectation and need + Concrete tool and methods proposed to participants (who were for example introduced to the following acronym CHANGE IT, a tool that can be used to help modify an activity or game to meet physical educator’s particular objectives and students’ needs: 1. Coaching style — e.g. demonstrations, or use of questions, role models and verbal instructions, 2. How to score or win, 3. Area — e.g. size, shape or surface of the playing environment, 4. Number of participants involved in the activity, 5. Game rules — e.g. number of bounces or passes, 6. Equipment — e.g. Vary balls (size, weight, color, texture, number) bats/racquets, Size and height of goal/target, 7. Inclusion — e.g. everyone has to touch the ball before the team can score, 8. Time — e.g. ‘How many … in 30 seconds?’)

Barriers overcome: -


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Promoting Integration Policies through Sport – Sport e Integrazione

  • Organisation: Cooperation between government and sport movement - Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI)
  • Theme: Inclusion and integration through sport
  • When: Since 2014 (yearly renewal)
  • Scope: Italian project

Funding: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): An Agreement to develop actions capable of favouring the social integration of migrants first and then second generations, and fighting discrimination and intolerance.

Target: Migrants from first and second generations

Main results: A “Manifesto on the topics of immigration, sports and measures to contrast discrimination and intolerance” + an information and awareness-raising campaign + a series of territorial events + a Call throughout the territory for positive experiences in favour of the inclusion and integration of young people coming from a migratory context

Factors of success: Inter-institutional cooperation both with the school and the sport environment – emphasis on communication.

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: /,  Documentation:

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Study in order to comprehend the current situation of the sports labour market in Catalonia

  • Organisation: Catalan Sports Observatory (CSO) - Observatori Català de l’Esport
  • Theme: Labour market research
  • When: 2014
  • Scope: Spain

Context: The CSO is the university and governmental association in charge of studying and divulging the main data on the evolution of sport and physical activity in Catalonia and all over Spain.

Brief description of the initiative: The instrument used to collect the information was an online questionnaire with closed answers, with a sample of 2,191 cases (out of a universe of study of around 92,000 people working in the sports industry).

Target: -

Main results:

Results Study Obervatoire Catalan Sport sector

 Findings: The labour market of sport in Catalonia is characterised by its open, heterogeneous and constantly changing nature (as a result of the evolution of sport demand from society). It has a high rate of multiple employment, in which workers, despite low salaries, have a high degree of satisfaction, clearly showing its vocational character

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact:, Observatori Català de l’Esport; “El mercat de treball de l’esport a Catalunya. Especial incidencia a la província de Barcelona” Viañas, J.; Pèrez, M. (Eds) (2014) 

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Support Programme “Investment for the Future: Development of youth engagement in sports” (ZI:EL+) – “Zukunftsinvestition: Entwicklung jungen Engagements im Sport!“

  • Organisation: Youth organisation within the sport movement –Deutsche SportJugend im DOSB
  • Theme: Inclusion and integration through sport
  • When: Since 2013 and until 2018
  • Scope: German project

Funding: ZI:EL project from 2013 to 2015 = a yearly budget of € 3.5 million / ZI:EL+ project until 2018 = a yearly budget of € 1.5 million, funded by Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) from funds of the Child and Youth Plan of the Federation (KJP).

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The aim is to foster volunteering involvement of youth in sport, especially young people with limited access to sport offers. Integration is an explicit aim of the project. The backbone is to attract more volunteers in the clubs while ensuring they take part to key discussions. In particular, current hot issues with commitment reference can be used successfully to attract young people to actively shape the association and club life. In the clubs and associations adolescents in the development and implementation of model projects include current issues and thereby enable participation, it is possible to develop sustainable commitment formats. Furthermore, the design of the support program provides a contextual framework that supports the development of innovative measures.

Target: Young refugees but also young people with a non-refugee migrant background, as well as young people with special needs from a weak socio-economic background.

Main results: individual measures of the DSJ and good practice examples can serve as a guide for the content design of new measures

Factors of success: Cooperation and coordinated approach + involvement of the target groups in conceptualization and realization.

Barriers overcome: Developing a v.2 of the project and getting further support to sustain the work carried out.

Website/contact: Project website: /, Contact person in the field of “inclusion”, Coordination of the specific measure “participation, diversity and commitment Promotion”: Hannah Kratz, Tel: +49 69 6700 467, E-Mail:

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