Following a highly competitive application process, EOSE is proud to announce a new two-year project which was selected for funding in the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Call for Proposals Capacity Building in the Field of Sport 2022.

The new 2-year initiative will continue EOSE’s relationship with key partners in the sport sector in the Western Balkans region and will build on previous successful projects to deliver high quality sport administration training programmes.

The project has the full title “Enhance the skills of sport administrators to build capacity of sport organisations in the Western Balkans through innovative training and development activities” and will be known as the S2ABC project.

The general objective of S2ABC is to support the sport sector in realising its full potential by enhancing the skills of sport administrators and strengthening their future employability and personal development through innovative training and development activities, as well as to raise the capacity of sport organisations in the Western Balkans.

A unique partnership of two organisations from the European Union and five from the Western Balkans, including three National Olympic Committees and three universities will begin the project in January 2023 with a phase of consultation and research into the capacity building and skills requirements of sport organisations and administrators. They will then develop and deliver two fit-for-purpose European Courses on Sport Administration using a blended learning approach. A total of 70 sport administrators from the Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia) and the EU will be trained through the project. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in two in-person national visits at the start and end of their Course to share knowledge about different sport systems, enhance understanding of EU institutions and policies, and learn about different countries and cultures.

A programme of evaluation activities and the development of a Sustainability Action Plan will create the conditions for long term impact of the project. A network of sport administrators from various sport organisations having experienced concrete transnational learning mobility activities through training and national visits will be established to maintain the momentum from the project and encourage long term networking, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

S2ABC will be an exemplar project for capacity building in the field of sport, with a focus on the region of the Western Balkans, targeting those people responsible for running sport organisations at all levels known as sport administrators.

Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards said “We are delighted that our application is one of only four that was selected for funding under this Call for Proposals, that shows the quality of the S2ABC partnership and the planned activities to increase capacity building in sport in the Western Balkans, which was the focus region for this particular call. We look forward to working with the committed partners to deliver the project and up to 70 motivated sport administrators to develop their skills and enhance their careers”.

S2ABC Project Partnership

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) – Coordinator
  • Université Cathloique de Louvain (UCL)
  • National Olympic Committee of North Macedonia (NOC Macedonia)
  • Sport University of Tirana (SUT)
  • National Olympic Committee of Albania (NOC Albania)
  • University of Pristina Faculty of Sport and Physical Education (UoP)
  • National Olympic Committee of Montenegro (NOC Montenegro)