Contribution of sport to emplyability


  • Organisation: Catalan Union of Sport Federations (UFEC)
  • Theme: Contribution of Sport to Employability
  • When: Since 2015
  • Scope: Cataluña (Spain)

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: Crowdfunding

Context: INSERsport started as a pilot project in sailing in 2015.

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): INSERsport is a Sport Plus 1 employment programme which specifically targets vulnerable youth and NEETs to support them towards a first job position in sport as a basic level coach or a referee.

The project supports vulnerable young people to qualify as a basic level coach (assistant instructor) or referee in a specific sport, with the support of the regional sport federations. The level of engagement in the programme differs between federations.

With the cooperation of 25 social organisations and the administration DGAIA (Child Care Department) and DGJJ (Justice Department) in the region of Barcelona, young people between 16 and 25 years old are registered in the first level qualification training programme of seven regional sport federations. Both the programme for basic level coach and the programme for referees provide training programmes which include theoretical workshops and practical sport sessions on sports coaching. Some sports only provide a basic level coach qualification (m) or a referee (r) qualification (basketball (r), volleyball (r), tennis (m), mental disability sport (m) and sailing (m)), other sport federations combine both courses (table tennis and wrestling). In most sports, this encompasses 50 hours of theory and around 100 hours of practice.

The participants take part in theoretical and practical sessions in a specific sport, guided by a sport coach from the federation or a sport club. These sessions are organised two or three times a week. Additionally, there is one part-time social worker who provides a social workshop once a week to all participants. The workshops include 10 different sessions based on four specific themes:

-          Personal development. Self-esteem and self-concept, motivation of the participants, confidence and gender equality

-          Social and communication skills. Empathy, active listening and assertiveness

-          Emotional management and competence development

-          Conflict resolution

Target: Vulnerable youth (16 and 25 years old) and NEETs

Main results: Among the 100 participants, 60% completed the programme in 2017

Factors of success:


  • Variety of the partnership: social organisations, administration DGAIA (Child Care Department) and DGJJ (Justice Department), sport federations.
  • Obtaining a qualification in sport
  • Mix of sport and like skills lessons
  • A guarantee to a first job opportunity and experience



Barriers overcome: -


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