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Welcome to the 75th edition of EOSE e-bulletin

Online Sport Adminsitration skills survey now open

Addressed to all organisations and individuals involved in managing, marketing, organising and delivering sport at the local, national or European level, the survey is part of the S2A-Sport project.
Developed to feed the collection of data on labour market, activities, trends and perspectives for sport administration in Europe, the survey is available in 7 languages: Dutch, English, Bulgarian, French, Italian and Lithuanian and Finnish and opened till the 17th of April 2016.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Your response matters and will help to define new standards, training and qualifications for people responsible for managing and running sport in sport organisations in Europe.
Ben Gittus

Words from Ben Gittus

Dear friend of sport,

Globalisation is increasingly having an impact on skills development and qualifications. We see this in the sport sector with the challenge to meet requirements of both national qualifications systems and international federations. I learned how this challenge is mirrored in other sectors at a recent Cedefop conference on the impact of globalisation on vocational education and training. Fortunately, this topic is being given a focus at the European level with mapping and concrete solutions being put in place to help meet the challenges and foster a global approach to skills. 
EOSE has experience of the global skills systems in sport and active leisure and has promoted common understanding and approaches. For example, we have made study visits to Sector Councils in Australia and New Zealand, supported mapping of international rugby coaching qualifications, and actively supported qualification development and professional registration in the Middle East. 
Of course a main outcome of globalisation is mobility of skills and jobs – supporting sport sector workers as they develop their professional careers. Sharing best practice can also enhance developments in Europe.  It is clear globalisation is here to stay and I believe if we embrace the opportunities this can be of benefit to the sector as a whole.

Ben Gittus
EOSE Director of Standards

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EOSE at EU Sport Forum 2016

EOSE at the EU Sport Forum 2016

The EU Sport Forum took place on the 9th and 10th of March 2016 in The Hague (Netherlands). The 2-day event gathered over 350 participants representing various sport stakeholders. EOSE was represented by Thierry Zintz, President, and Aurélien Favre, Executive Director. As a European civil society organisation, it was important for EOSE to participate and deliver a message on the role of sport in promoting citizenship and common values. This was achieved by Thierry Zintz as one of the rapporteurs of the High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy who -together with Valérie Fourneyron- provided an update of the work undertaken by this group and put emphasis on the potential of the soft power of sport.
EOSE Executive Board meeting

Meeting of the EOSE Executive Board

On the 30th of March 2016, EOSE Executive Board Members met in Brussels together with EOSE Executive Director and PR and Project Manager. The event was hosted by the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee (BOIC).
As the first Executive Board meeting of the year, this was the occasion to officially validate the 2015 financial accounts and activity report but also to work on the delivery of the EOSE 2016 Work Programme as well as to have some brainstorming on priorities and potential projects development. Strategic thinking and decision making were therefore on the agenda.
Read more about the Executive Board Members
S2A Sport leaflet

S2A Sport leaflet now available in 7 languages

With the strong support of the S2A Sport transnational partnership, we are pleased to introduce you the leaflet of the project which is now available in 7 different languages (Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian and Lithuanian).
This communication document provides a short summary of the rationale, purpose and expected outcomes of the S2A Sport EU funded project so we invite you to have a read and to dispatch it through your wide network of contacts.
Printed copies of the French and English versions are available on request to EOSE Secretariat.


Expert Group Human Resources

Update from the EU Expert Group on Human Resources

The last meeting of the Expert Group on Human Resources (XG HR) was organised in Brussels on 17th of March 2016. The meeting was the occasion to discuss youth employability through sport (with Marc Theeboom from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Lead expert) as well as the "State of play concerning the inclusion of sport qualifications in National Qualification Frameworks (NQFs) with a reference to European Qualification Framework (EQF)" (with Andy Grant from Sports Coach UK as the Lead Expert). Dual career was also on the agenda (with Guy Taylor from TASS as Lead Expert) and in particular the status of the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers.

EOSE is an Observer in this XG and was represented by Stephen Studd, Director of Development.

Skills Panorama

"Matching Skills and Jobs": the new section of the Cedefop Skills Panorama

Cedefop’s Skills Panorama team is introducing a new section on ‘Matching skills and jobs’, offering a series of indicators on skills and labour market mismatches, including the key indicators from Cedefop’s European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey. The new indicators allow the user to gauge issues around skill mismatches such as under-skilling, under-utilisation of skills or skills obsolescence among employees in the European Union.
Interestingly the countries with the highest level of under-skilling in 2014 were: Estonia (14.9%), Lithuania (11.5%), Latvia (10.3%), Finland (10.2%) and Malta (9.6%).
Insughts Cedefop European Skills and Jobs

Insights from the Cedefop's European Skills and Jobs (ESJ) Survey 

Skills formation plays a key role in the European growth strategy. Skills, however, take time to develop. They require workplaces affording learning opportunities and workers readily capitalising on those available.
In this new insights article, Cedefop expert Giovanni Russo looks at how skills development performs in organisations offering varied learning opportunities and long-term perspectives. He notes that ‘workers bring to the job knowledge, skills and competence and their personal attitudes to learning. When workers are placed in a stable organisational environment with challenging jobs and opportunities to learn, skills will develop.’
Entrepreneurship Education

"Study on the minimum quality requirements for dual careers services" now available

Developing and promoting entrepreneurship education has been one of the key policy objectives of the EU institutions and Member States for many years especially in the context of high youth unemployment, economic crises and rapid changes related to our complex knowledge-based economy and society. 
Following the 2012 Eurydice report on entrepreneurship education, this new analysis captures the latest developments in Europe. The report focuses on primary education, lower and general upper secondary education as well as school-based initial vocational education and training (IVET). It contains information for 2014/15 from 33 countries participating in the Eurydice network and provides updated and more detailed information on strategies, curricula and learning outcomes, and also covers new themes such as funding schemes and teacher education.  



  • 12 April 2016: Expert Group HEPA, Cyprus
  • 13 April 2016: SIGGS Strategic Workshop, Vilnius (LT)
  • 18 April 2016: SCORE Steering Group meeting, Brussels (BE)
  • 19-20 April 2016: Expert Group “Economic Dimension”, Brussels (BE)
  • 20 April 2016: EACEA Civil Society Coordinators Meeting, Brussels (BE)
  • 4 May 2016: SIGGS Strategic Workshop, Lisbon (PT)
  • 12 May 2016: Expert Group Good Governance, Brussels (BE)
  • 18 May 2016: High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy, Brussels (BE)
  • 23-24 May 2016: S2A Sport 2nd partner meeting, Copenhagen (DK)
  • 10 June 2016: High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy, Brussels (BE)
  • 15 June 2016: EOSE Mid-Term training seminar, Brussels (BE)
  • 16 June 2016: EOSE workshops on learning mobility and NFIL, Brussels (BE)
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