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.

inclusion trhough sport

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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Contribution of sport to emplyability

Grassroot Soccer South Africa Coach Development Programme

  • Organisation: Barclays Spaces for Sports
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2013
  • Scope: South Africa

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: -

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The Grassroot Soccer South Africa Coach Development Programme, a life skills, financial education and employability programme. Targeting 500 young adults aged 18 to 30 to be trained as GRS life skills coaches, the Grassroot Soccer South Africa Coach Development Programme is aimed to empower vulnerable youth with the skills and support to live healthy and productive lives through life skills training, employability skills, and financial literacy.

Grassroot Soccer coaches are the young men and women that directly implement the GRS curriculum and serve as role models for their communities. The Grassroot Soccer South Africa Coach Development Programme is designed to be a two-year capacity development opportunity for these young community leaders. The two-year cycle will include Grassroot Soccer’s intensive life skills training on multiple curriculums as well as skill building development courses in topics such as leadership, financial education, and conflict management. The training and courses will be enhanced by additional hands-on experience and opportunities to gather experience and advice through mentoring and voluntary apprenticeships. The goal of the programme is to prepare the coaches for higher employability and educational opportunities.

Sixty newly trained Grassroot Soccer coaches will also be trained to deliver SKILLZ for Youth, a Grassroot Soccer intervention focusing specifically on financial education. Ten thousand young people in South Africa, aged 11 to 19, will benefit from the three-year programme and graduate from SKILLZ for Youth. This program will equip participants with the skills they need to achieve economic independence and grow their level of security, while emphasizing financial sustainability.

 Target: Young people in South Africa, aged 11 to 19

Main results: -

Factors of successStrong partnership => Barclays Spaces for Sports, USAID and Grassroot Soccer (GRS)

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: -

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inclusion trhough sport

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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SUCCESS – Capacity Building Programme for Public Service Sports Administrators

  • Organisation: Sport Malta (formerly known as KMS - Kunsill Malti Ghall-iSport)
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: September 2013 to June 2015
  • Scope: Malta based project

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: European Social Fund

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): This proposed Capacity Building Programme equipped Maltese Public Officials with a skills-set for optimal administration of publicly-funded Sports resources, management of projects that address issues relating to the development of social dialogue, meet new good governance requirements, and develop competencies to operate within EU forums effectively. It strengthened the institutional and administrative capacity of the Beneficiary in its roles as regulator and provider of services in the Sport and Active Leisure sector to support local sports from grassroots to elite level, as a means of promoting social cohesion. The project included a Concept of national visit / placement abroad during a week for 40 participants.

Target: Maltese Public Officials

Main results: A total of 40 participants from the course carried out a training visit abroad to gain experience from another working environment, monitor the way sport is organised and increase the network of contacts. These national visits took place in Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Factors of success: Using the European wide network of the partner organisation to find out the more suitable host organisation + fully fledged targeted support (accommodation, transportation, etc) and programme (specific area of interest) of mobility.

Barriers overcome: -


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Contribution of sport to emplyability

Bewegen naar werk (‘Moving to Work’)

  • Organisation: Rotterdam Sportsupport
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2013
  • Scope: Rotterdam (Netherlands)

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

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: -

Context: Starting in 2013, the sport programme is organised by Rotterdam Sportsupport, the sport foundation of the city of Rotterdam that supports sport clubs and (social) sport initiatives in Rotterdam.
Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The programme focusses on unemployed people to get them physically active. The participants sign a commitment with the local government to take part in a programme in return for the financial benefit they receive from the local government (i.e. participation in a programme is part of their reciprocal service.
In Bewegen naar werk, unemployed people who receive financial benefits from the local community, participate twice a week under the guidance of professional coaches. A sport coach organises the two-hour sport sessions. Afterwards, a social coach provides advice and support in the area of nutrition, personal development, behaviour, self-reliance and stress management. Normally, the programme lasts between 6 and 9 months to get people into work experience (some people receive a 3-month extension).
The purpose of Bewegen naar werk is to bring job seekers (people who receive an unemployment benefit) into motion. After participating in the programme, they should be motivated and physically and emotionally able to get started at a ‘work experience place’ (WEP) or to find a regular job. A WEP is a temporary work placement to get experience of being at work. People in a WEP receive a small reimbursement and do not perform regular work, but are supported to gain experience in an organisation. A WEP allows participants to build work experience for 32 hours/week and can last for 3 to 6 months. Then the participant should be able to progress to a regular paid job.

Target: Unemployed People

Main results: 750 jobseekers benefitted from the programme

Factors of success: 6-months employment programme with compulsory attendance + Sport is used to support the psycho-social development of the participants: a more active lifestyle and experience their talents and limitations in sport.

Barriers overcome: -


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