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EOSE - Sport and Active Leisure - Employment, Education & Training
Welcome to the 74th edition of EOSE e-bulletin

EOSE new Executive Board

Following elections at EOSE General Assembly (Cyprus, 1st of December 2015) and the following Executive Board meeting (Finland, 16-17th December 2015), EOSE Secretariat is delighted to annouce the new composition of EOSE Executive Board: Thierry Zintz, President (BE), Jean-Louis Gouju, Treasurer (FR), Vilma Cingiene, Secretary General (LT), Mairit Pellinen, Executive Board Member (FI) and Nicos Kartakoullis, Executive Board Member (CY).
Vilma Cingiene

Words from Vilma Cingiene

Dear friend of sport,

To be nominated as a Secretary General is both a personal responsibility but also a professional recognition and honour.

The changes in the European sport and active leisure sector take into consideration not only the rapid growth of the political, socio-economical, health and environmental role of sport, but also stress the attention on the most important asset of any organisation – people, i.e. workforce – both professionals and volunteers.
The main challenge dealing with sport employment issues in Europe is to ensure that people have the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to perform their everyday tasks as well as being able to take right strategic decisions for the prosperity of the organisation and sector as a whole.

EOSE is open and ready to serve their members and all interested bodies to fulfil the agreed mission with respect based on mutual understanding.
Vilma Cingiene
EOSE newly elected Secretary General

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EOSE Annual Report 2015

Remembering 2015

We are delighted to introduce you to our professionally designed Annual Activity Report 2015.  
This report officially outlines the activities carried out in 2015, and highlights the continuing programmes and organisational developments which will shape EOSE in the coming years. We believe the Work Programme we have been delivering over the last few years should be converted into a tangible legacy to produce the workforce the sector deserves and which will ensure the sector can deliver its potential in the coming years and hope this new tool will contribute spreading the news about EOSE’s network of members and partners attempting to further tackle the education and employment challenges of the sector.
Have a look at EOSE 2015 Annual Report
S2A Sport leaflet

S2A Sport leaflet is now available

Following the project kick-off meeting which took place on 16th and 17th of November 2015 in Brussels, EOSE Secretariat together with the partners have been working on developing a useful project leaflet.

The S2A project is focussed on the skills needed by “sport administrators” working in paid and voluntary roles and who have a crucial role in the delivery of sport.

While the project website will soon be launched, we are delighted to bring you more information about this exciting project which will run until the end of February 2018.
SIGGS MidTerm conference

SIGGS Midterm conference questioned Good Governance in Sport

On 3-4 February 2016, the National Olympic Committee of Portugal hosted in Lisbon the SIGGS Mid-Term conference.
Prestigious speakers such as Mr. Antonio Silva Mendes, Director of Youth and Sport of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Michel Saive, Chair of the EOC Athletes' Commission as well as Mrs Paquerette Zappelli, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of the IOC provided opening speeches. Consequently, the results of the first consultation round were presented by Thierry Zintz, EOSE President. Participants had also the chance to hear about the second updated version of the self-evaluation tool. Aurélien Favre, EOSE Executive Director, then presented the Work Package on Internal Evaluation.

On the second day, a number of European and international federations (including the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the European Basketball Federation (FIBA Europe) presented their activities in the field of good governance. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion on the "way forward towards better governance in sport" on which Thierry Zintz, EOSE President took part.


Dutch Presidency

Employability and integrity at the heart of the Dutch Presidency's priorities for education and sport

On the 1st of January 2016, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. It is interesting to note that in the area of education the Netherlands Presidency will align its efforts with the Strategic Agenda, which gives priority to employability and the development of knowledge and skills. One key focus of attention is the modernisation of higher education and vocational training.
As for sport priorities, the Netherlands Presidency will put the integrity of sport on the agenda, based on the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017. The focus will be on preparing and organising major international sports events, in particular how this can be done with positive social, economic and sustainable returns that will generate public support. The Presidency will work closely with the sport sector.
New priorities for education and training

What's in the European Commission 2016 Work programme?

The European Commission unveiled in November 2015 its Work Programme for 2016 with a special focus on economic and social issues, the environment and immigration. The Work Programme includes 23 key initiatives through which the Commission will try to, among other things, boost jobs, growth and investment, increase social protection in the European Union and implement a more effective migration policy.
We at EOSE will pay specific attention to the announced new Skills Agenda. The new agenda, which will be discussed by the Council, will promote investment in skills development so that workers are better equipped to deal with the changing labour market and society.
Sport Infoday Erasmus+

Sport Infoday 2016: get ready for EU funded project applications

In order to allow all the stakeholders to learn from the 2014 experiences and get ready for the 2016 new opportunity, the European Commission organised a specific Sport Infoday in Brussels on 3rd of March 2016.
All presentations are available on the Executive Agency’s website and we strongly encourage you to have a look at them.
European Voluntary Service celebrates 20 years

News from the SCORE project: Mentors were trained in Cyprus!

The first part of the SCORE programme for mentors took place in Cyprus on the 30th and 31st of January 2016. It builds upon working groups, reflections and exchanges and followed a train the trainer approach.
22 new mentors will be back in UK, Germany, Finland, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal, Lithuania and Sweden in order to start a mentoring process within sport federations with the objective to raise equality in their coaching workforce.
The second step of the programme will take place next May in Finland.
EOSE is delighted to be an official partner of the project and will keep you updated.
Erasmus+ Sport eforms

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

Conducted between March and November 2015 by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) together with Birch Consultants, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS - England), the European Athletes as Students (EAS) network, and the Free University of Brussels (VUB), the study has delivered a set of 25 country profiles in which existing Dual Career policies and programmes at national and regional level are specified per country.
Additionally, the study has resulted in the development of an “athlete-centred” quality framework in which all levels of influence (from personal, to institutional, to policy level) are addressed.
It ends up with a strong recommendation to focus on a monitoring tool and (self) assessment of Member States with regard to their policies and programmes for effectively combining Dual Career.


  • 29 February 2016Deadline for submitting application under Erasmus+ KA3 “Quality assurance at European level for enhanced transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications”
  • 3 March 2016: Erasmus+ Sport Infoday, Brussels (BE).
  • 7-8 March 2016: LLL Agora, Mechelen (BE)
  • 9-10 March 2016: EU Sport Forum, Amsterdam (NL).
  • 10-11 March 2016: Meeting Sport Directors (Council of the EU).
  • 17 March 2016: Expert Group "Human Resources Development in Sport", Brussels (BE).
  • 4-7 May 2016: European Association for Sociology of Sport Congress “Sport in the City - Mobility, Urbanity and Social Change”; Copenhagen (DK)
  • 23-24 May 2016: S2A Sport 2nd meeting, Copenhagen (DK)
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