EOSE’s network of Associates is made up of experts considered as authorities on their own field and in their own country.

Thanks to the wide variety of profiles it allows EOSE to break down barriers between different professional fields in order to build a collective expertise on sport as a societal fact while being a relevant and legitimate source of knowledge and strategic facilitator to support the development of Sport and Active Leisure including employment, sports systems, developing standards, competence, qualifications and Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Here below you can find out about EOSE’s asssociates.

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John Thorpe


  • Consultant
  • British

John is currently a freelance consultant based in North Derbyshire and also a qualified vocational assessor and external verifier.

Having graduated from the University of Birmingham, he qualified as a teacher at Loughborough Colleges before completing a Masters in Physical Education at the University of Sheffield.

After 7 years as a secondary school teacher and a further 10 years as a senior lecturer in Further Education, John worked for a research consultancy developing the very first national occupational standards and national vocational qualifications for the Sector before, in 1990, joining the Industry Lead Body for Sport and Recreation (ILB). He then worked for 22 years for SPRITO and SkillsActive becoming Director for Technical Standards. John has been a freelance consultant since June 2012.

Major involvement with EOSE: International Rugby Board Comparative study to assist movement of qualified coaches.

Mathieu Winand

Mathieu WINAND

  • Professor of Sport Management at LUNEX University (Luxemburg) and associate researcher, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Belgium

Mathieu Winand is Professor of Sport Management at LUNEX University (Luxemburg) since late 2017. He was previously Lecturer in Sport Management in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling (UK) and Programme Director of the MSc Sport Management at Stirling.

Having graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) with a Sports Studies degree and a Master in Management Science, he holds a PhD in Sport Management. He is also a research associate of the Belgian Olympic Chair from the Université catholique de Louvain. Mathieu is involved in research networks such as EOSE (European Observatoire of Sport and Employment), the international research on Sport Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) and as Programme Chair at the strategic interest group ‘Managing Sport’ at EURAM (European Academy of Management).

 Major involvement with EOSE: LLLSport – Actions towards the Lifelong Learning Stategy for Sport; Feasibility Study on Mobility in Sport in Europe.

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