EOSE In Brief
European Observatoire of Sport and Employment
EOSE is an international civil society organisation working towards the development of the whole sport and physical activity sector.
Permanent staff in 2023
Executive Board members
EU Member States represented
“A sport sector that fulfils its social, health and economic potential in Europe”.
“To facilitate and support the development of the sport and physical activity sector workforce, bringing education and employment together, to ensure people working and volunteering have the appropriate skills and competences to enable the sector to fulfil its potential”.
Sport is recognised as having the power and significant potential to act as a policy tool:
- To improve health
- To contribute to economic growth and regeneration
- To support community development, social cohesion and the integration of migrants
- To create jobs and improve employability, particularly engaging with unemployed youth
- To support the education and personal and social development of young people
Recent years have seen EOSE cement its position in the sector as a sustainable, independent, non-profit civil society network and expert association acting as a focus for skills and workforce development in the sport and physical activity sector across Europe.
From an informal group to a recognised expert organisation
Over more than 20 years of active work with its network in the sector…
EOSE has built a reputation and is recognised :
- As an expert organisation in research and labour market analysis
- As a facilitator building bridges between the worlds of education and employment
- As a contributor to the development of a competent workforce of paid staff and volunteers with the right skills through innovative occupational standards and fit-forpurpose education and training offers.
Set up as an informal group
Official registration as a French not-for-profit organisation
First ever European Employer Skills Survey and EU Skills Summit
First ever European Skills Survey on Sport Volunteering, 2 new successful Erasmus+ applications, and a sustainable organisation with members in 27 countries including 25 EU Member States
There is a growing recognition of the potential of sport as a social and economic driver
and as a result there is an increasing level of expectation from national governments for the sector to become a powerful tool linked to mainstream policy in education, health and the economy and for it to be used to promote social cohesion.
EOSE in European Projects
EOSE and the whole sport sector operate in a changing landscape, and we are convinced of the need to pursue the work towards skills development and the modernisation of education and training to equip those working or volunteering in the sector with the right competences.
EU FUNDED PROJECTS SINCE 2002
PROJECTS AS COORDINATOR
PROJECTS AS A PARTNER
PROJECTS AS COORDINATOR
EOSE collaborates with its network of members and partners through ambitious transnational initiatives and projects to analyse the European and national sport labour markets, and to promote and support the modernisation of education systems and the development of a competent paid and unpaid workforce that is essential to the success of the sector.
“Leeds Beckett University has been part of the EOSE family for almost 10 years. We have been delighted to play our part in European projects that promote cross-border cooperation and mutual learning. We look forward to continued collaboration with our European neighbours under the knowledgeable guidance of our EOSE colleagues.“
Course Director, Leeds Beckett University
“It is a great honour to be a member of EOSE! The EOSE team coordinates and contributes perfectly to various sports projects. They have very strong organisational and documentation skills. It is very inspiring to work with the EOSE team on the current Erasmus+ V4V project. Thanks to them, many new skills and knowledge can be obtained. Being a member of EOSE facilitates access to a large international network in the field of sport.”
Office Manager/Project Manager , The Estonian Foundation of Sports Education and Information
“We have been delighted to continue work with EOSE in 2022 on the EDUGOLF project to update and develop new standards and modernise education for golf professionals. We appreciate the project management of EOSE and the EOSE 7 Step Model which provides a structure for the standards and training material we need to reform golf education.“
Chief Executive, Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG)
“WADA is currently engaging with EOSE to support the development of their new Global Learning and Development Framework. With EOSE’s many years of expertise in workforce development, professional or occupational standards creation within the sport sector, their experience and insight is adding value to our work. We also respect the independent view that the EOSE staff bring and their contribution has been professional and extremely supportive.”
Education Director, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
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