EOSE was the coordinator of the EU funded CHANGE project (www.change-sport.eu 2019-2021) which aimed to build capacity in the European sport workforce and develop the skills to tackle social issues. CHANGE produced new occupational standards and training guidelines for Sport for Development in Europe.

EOSE decided to follow up the CHANGE project with a short study into online learning in Sport for Development. The purpose of the study was to explore the potential for online learning in Sport for Development as a tool for capacity building and staff training.

In order to gain some data from real Sport for Development practitioners in the field a short survey was devised to gather their views on the core topics related to online learning. The survey was distributed throughout the Sport for Development sector in November and December 2022.

Highlights from the results include:

  • Blended learning was the approach favoured by most respondents to the survey
  • The biggest barrier to online learning is practitioners do not know what training is available
  • The most relevant topic where practitioners would like to see online learning is developing Sport for Development programmes

The study concluded with a series of recommendations for consideration by those involved in Sport for Development.

EOSE hopes the results are useful to education providers and other stakeholders in Sport for Development to stimulate further debate and action on this topic.

Click here to see the full results of the survey.