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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2016
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EOSE 2015/2016 Activity Report


The successful programme of 2016 has sowed the seeds for exciting new developments in 2017. This is the reason why we are delighted to introduce you the EOSE 2015/2016 Activity Report to members.
This short video emphasises what EOSE has accomplished in the last two years thanks to the support of its members and partners.
We hope you will like it and obviously, feel free to share!
EOSE new initatives
Thierry Zintz


Words from EOSE President


Dear friend of sport,

As the year 2016 is coming to an end, let me say that the EOSE journey, aligned with the vision and mission of our organisation, is impressive and we should all – members and partners- be proud of the work carried out.
2016 was undoubtedly a year rich in activities and moments to be remembered. I personally can only hope that 2016 will be remembered as a pivotal year not only for EOSE but also for the sport and physical activity sector.

On behalf of the whole EOSE Board and team, I would like to underline that EOSE would not have been able to achieve such a journey without the strong involvement and commitment of its national members which are located at the heart of the organisation. I would like to express a sincere thank you to all of them for their dedication and commitment to EOSE.   

Wishing you a joyful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with happiness.

Thierry Zintz
EOSE President


 

 
     NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS   

SportMalta EU Presidency Website

SportMalta getting ready for the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU


SportMalta, the national provider and regulator of sport in Malta, will be responsible to organise and host a number of important events during the EU Presidency that will run from January to June 2017. The main priorities of the Maltese Presidency in the field of sport will be social inclusion, the protection against non-communicable diseases (HEPA) and the promotion of volunteering in sport mainly carried out at grassroots level and through clubs.

      EOSE NEWS   

EOSE GA

EOSE held its Annual General Assembly and Members Seminar 2016 in Portugal


Ten years later, EOSE was delighted to be back in Rio Maior (Portugal) for its Annual General Assembly and Members Seminar hosted by ESDRM. The event gathered 39 participants from 21 countries. This was the occasion to report on latest EU policies and the extensive work programme carried out, to present and validate financial accounts but also to exchange and create a debate between members to obtain their views on priorities and expectation for future actions and developments of the organisation.
 
European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport

A new initiative – The ESSA-Sport project (European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity)


Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project aims to produce the first European wide employment and skills map. It is a major opportunity for the whole fragmented sport and physical activity sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.
Despite a very competitive call, it is encouraging to highlight that only four sectors have been funded by the European Commission.
This 3 years initiative, coordinated by EOSE (Applicant) and the two recognised EU social partners of the sector, gathers a total of 24 partners from 18 different EU Member States. The work programme has been built to encourage collaboration between stakeholders at national and EU level, to research the labour market of the whole sector and to identify the main priorities and concrete recommendations to be implemented.
The national coordinators kick off meeting was organised in Portugal on 22 November 2016 and provided the opportunity to present the detailed work programme and expected activities to be implemented by national partners.
The project was also presented by EU Social Partners during the last meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in sport and active Leisure (ESSDC) on 28 November 2016.
Regular updates will be provided on the progress made towards this project and we thank you in advance for your collaboration and support. 
 
Going for Learning Mobility _ T2MIS

Get ready for learning mobility! EOSE will support new through a new EU funded project


EOSE has been investing in learning mobility for more than 3 years now. We were delighted to see that the Recommendations from the EU Feasibility Study conducted in 2013 were partly heard and that the 2016 and 2017 calls for proposals under Erasmus+ Sport Chapter included « Support for Mobility » as a topic for small collaborative partnerships.
We are delighted to inform you that that in 2017 EOSE will run a small collaborative partnership entitled "T2MIS - Ticket to Mobility in Sport". This 18 months project funded by the European Commission will start on the 1st of January 2017 to propose an adapted online solution to tackle the identified barriers and create conditions to make mobility a reality in sport.
Stay tune and meanwhile check the special trailer video
 
S2A Sport meeting in Vilnius

S2A-Sport 3rd full partner meeting: From Strategy to Actions


On 24th and 25th of October 2016, the S2ASport project partners gathered in Vilnius for the third full partner meeting. The event, hosted by the Mykolas Romeris Univeristy (MRU), gave the opportunity to discuss the progress made so far and to agree the next steps towards the implementation of this ambitious EU funded project focusing on the area of Sport Administration.
The meeting was the occasion to finalise and sign off the first three expected outputs (desk research on LMI, Occupational Map and Occupational Descriptors), to collate detailed feedback on the draft Functional Map for Sport Administration and to introduce the next step – the Competence Framework.

NEWS FROM THE SECTOR

SIGGS Final Conference

A successful final conference for the SIGGS project


Around 80 participants attended the SIGGS Final Conference in Brussels on the 29th of November 2016, among them representatives of various European and international federations as well as representatives of 17 different European NOCs. The event marked the end of the pilot phase of the self-evaluation tool, but equally opened the next chapter of implementation as the tool is now open and available for use by all NOCs and national sport federations across Europe.
Thierry Zintz, as Professor of the University of Louvain, presented the results of the self-evaluation that was run in the seven countries of the SIGGS Project, highlighting some of the common weaknesses and strenghts in the implementation of governance in Europe. EOSE has been an official partner of the project led by the EOC EU Office and was represented by Aurélien Favre, Executive Director.
EU Expert Group on Ressource Management

Human Resource Expert group met in Malta

On the 1st of December, SportMalta hosted the last meeting of the EU Human Resource Expert Group. On this occasion, participants got the opportunity to discuss sport qualifications and dual career. This meeting finalised the outputs of the Group, including: a review of the impact of the Dual Career Guidelines , a review of the implementation of the European Qualification Framework and the integration of sport qualification into the emerging National Frameworks, a related report on the impact of international federation’ standards and qualifications and how these can be integrated into the EQF, a report on the role of sport in developing the employability of young people (subject of a longer study which will continue until the autumn of 2017) and a report and recommendations to encourage volunteering in sport.
These reports will be formally presented to the European Council and will then be published through the DCEAC website.

Stephen Studd represented EOSE as Director of Development.
Skillfull Volunteer Seminar

"Engaging Skilful Volunteers": a key topic at the heart of an EU Seminar


In preparation of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, SportMalta organised in Attard on the 30th of November 2016, a seminar on volunteering to give recognition to those who act as volunteers. Its main objective was to promote volunteering, teach athletes to develop a sense of belonging, help volunteers to gain experience and skills for their future career as well as to involve parents in sports. Attended by over 100 participants, the seminar marked the opening of the sport activities related to sports for the Maltese Presidency of the European Union

Stephen Studd, EOSE Director of Development and Thierry Zintz, EOSE President, were in attendance. Thierry made a keynote presentation on the crucial role and responsibilities of volunteers in ensuring good governance in sport organisations. Stephen led a workshop with Sport Malta CEO, Mark Cutajar, exploring the impact of volunteering in sport in enhancing employability and career development. 
 

NEWS ON EDUCATION, TRAININING, EMPOYMENT AND SKILLS

European VET Week

EU VET Skills Week: showcasing the potential of VET to equip people with the skills they need in a fast-changing labour market

Coordinated by the European Commission, with the strong involvement and support from Cedefop and the European Training Foundation, the first European Vocational Skills Week was organised from 5 to 9 December 2016 with 904 events and activities in Brussels and in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries organised at national, regional and local levels. The objective was to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training while inspiring people to discover, use and improve their talents and abilities through VET.
Carole Ponchon, PR and Project manager, represented EOSE at the Closing event on the 9th of December in Brussels.

VET Business Forum

EU VET Business Forum: where Business and Education partner together!


On the 8th of December, over 500 stakeholders from various fields gathered to meet and discuss at the European Business Forum on Vocational Training in Brussels. The event put the spotlight on how VET providers and businesses can work in partnership to provide the skills needed to spur growth and competitiveness in Europe.
Carole Ponchon, PR and Project manager, represented EOSE and attended in particular the Forum of Sector Skills Alliances & Councils.

 
NFIL conference

Towards efficient strategies for implementing validation of non-formal and informal learning


Over 200 participants –including Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards- in Cedefop’s conference on how to make learning visible, on 28 and 29 November in Thessaloniki, agreed that validation of non-formal and informal learning is important for Europe’s future. Indeed Cedefop Deputy Director Mara Brugia underlined that “[Cedefop] has provided the evidence that EU Member States investing the most in strengthening their policies on validating skills, recognising qualifications and career guidance, have more inclusive and efficient labour markets.”
Cedefop Director James Calleja stressed that “We need to take small but consistent steps towards 2018 to put the 2012 Council Recommendation into practice.” “Actions between now and 2018 should speak louder than words”, he concluded
 

SAVE THE DATE

  • 31 January: Sport Infoday, Brussels (BE)
  • 1 February: Kick-off Erasmus+ Sport project, Brussels (BE)
  • 7-8 February: S2A Full Partner Meeting, Papendal (NL)
  • 8-9 February: Kick-off ASPIRE project, Brussels (BE)
  • 15-17 February: Kick-off European Us Girls project, Rome (IT)
  • 8-9 March: European Sport Forum, Malta
  • 10-13 March: European Youth and Sport Forum, Malta
  • 15-16 March: Sport Directors Meeting, Malta

* Events organised by EOSE are marked in blue
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