Study on Mobility in Sport now available

Study on Mobility in Sport now available

The European Commission has finally published the report of the Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport Feasibility Study on Possible Future Mobility Measures for Sport in the EU carried out in 2013 by a Consortium composed of the Olympic Chair in Management of Sports Organisations from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) and Sport and Citizenship (S&C), hence making them official.

This Study identifies a number of seemingly contradictory indicators. On the one hand there is clearly a strong demand for learning mobility - 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 through the exchange of people, ideas and good practice. Yet on the other hand, sport has only participated at a low level in the programmes designed to make learning mobility a reality.

To a great extent therefore, this demand has lain dormant partly because awareness levels of the opportunities offered by the EU funded programmes has been low and partly because sport has lacked the organisation and capacity to engage.

However, where the sport sector has ventured into the EU funded programmes there is strong evidence from many organisations and countries that it has successfully engaged with, and benefitted from, the EU mobility funding programmes under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

The challenge ahead is how can sport benefit more from the new programme and unlock the benefits it sees in learning mobility. The recommendations from this Study –representing a wide ranging programme of communication and reform- therefore emphasise the need to raise awareness and spread these messages of successful practice and then to lead and support as it develops the capability and capacity to unlock the potential of the new programme.

The report ended up highlighting that 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.

While inviting you to have a read through the Executive Summary and the Final report, the whole Consortium of the Feasibility Study would like to sincerely thank all individuals and organisations from within and from outside of the Sport sector who have provided statistics, qualitative information, good practice examples and case studies on Learning Mobility in the Sport sector; and those who have participated in the European consultation process through the online questionnaire, the national consultation discussions, and the Consultation Workshop organised in Vilnius.


More about the Study objectives and main findings

Executive Summary

Full report

EOSE – European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

A new wave for the sport and active leisure sector

Ensuring the right skills in the right place

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