The 18 and 19 of October 2022 saw the successful kick-off meeting for a new 3-year project funded through the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Union.
In line with the priority ‘Grow Impact’ in the WADA’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, the GLDF4CleanSport project has the overall ambition to enhance the skills and competencies of anti-doping professionals as well as the effectiveness of anti-doping organisations in Europe and globally.
GLDF4CleanSport’s overarching objectives include:
Researching the size, features and occupations in the anti-doping workforce
Producing a Functional Map for the global anti-doping system
Designing Professional Standards for four targeted anti-doping roles (Testing Officer / Manager; Compliance Coordinator; Major Event Organiser Officer / Manager; and Government Official / Advisor)
Developing competency-based curricula and blended learning modules for each targeted role, and organising a series of pilot training seminars
Designing innovative online tools for anti-doping practitioners to analyse their training needs and for organisations to evaluate the quality of their existing training.
The overall ambition of the project is to make a positive impact on the quality of work of these practitioners as well as the organisations for which they work.
Coordinated by EOSE in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the project partnership brings together a unique combination of five National Anti-Doping Organisations (from Austria, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and Poland) and 2 International Sport Federations (Athletics and Rugby).
Through the GLDF4CleanSport project, the partners will implement the EOSE 7-Step model for lifelong learning and apply this methodology to the area of clean sport (anti-doping). The project is aligned with EU policies in sport, education and employment, in particular promoting education in and through sport with a focus on skills development.
The first partner meeting was hosted by the National Anti-Doping Agency Austria (NADA Austria) in their offices in Vienna. The agenda provided the opportunity for representatives to meet for the first time in person, establish effective working relationships, become fully familiar with the methodology and work programme for the project which will conclude in September 2025 and plan next actions.
Katrien Daelman, WADA Senior Manager, Capability Programs, Education said: “The EU funded GLDF4CleanSport project supports WADA’s ambition to develop anti-doping into a globally recognized profession. This collaborative project and the associated funding will enable WADA to continue its GLDF development work for new practitioner roles and will inform future strategies for learning and development opportunities. We are excited to be collaborating with EOSE again and to be partnering with seven ADOs to continue investing in the people working hard every day to help keep sport clean.”
Aurélien Favre, Executive Director of EOSE, said “We are delighted to start the work with expert organisations from clean sport on this ambitious EU-funded project with the main goal of enhancing the skills and competencies of the paid and volunteer anti-doping workforce in Europe and globally. It is an honour for EOSE to act as coordinator together with the technical leadership of WADA and high-level partnership, and to be able to implement the EOSE’s 7-Step Model in such an important area of the sport sector. We have no doubt the project will be a success and the innovative outputs will be used and sustained after the end of the funded period. The kick off meeting was very successful with a strong level of motivation and commitment from all partners involved in the initiative”.
Aurélien Favre – EOSE Executive Director
Ben Gittus – EOSE Director of Standards
Geoff Carroll – EOSE Director of Skills Development