ESSA-Sport was designed as the start of a journey to reform and modernise training and qualifications and re-skill the workforce in a sport and physical activity sector that has a potential to make a significant economic, health and social impact across the EU.
The need for the project was demonstrated in an EU Feasibility Study funded by DG Employment and conducted in 2014. The Study final report demonstrated strongly the need and support for the establishment of an EU Sector Skills Alliance to provide the basis for a coordinated approach to analysing the changing labour market and developing solutions to re-skill the workforce with modern, fit for purpose training and qualifications.
ESSA-Sport included desk research activities and wide consultation with national and European stakeholders to analyse the situation and challenges facing the sector and to finalise a European strategic action plan with detailed and concrete priorities and recommendations to create the conditions for change and ensure education, training and qualifications are geared towards the realities of the sector.
The project aimed to bring the sport and physical activity sector together for the first time at the EU and national level to focus on these issues at a time when expectations of the sector are rising with Governments aiming for improved levels of health through physical activity, for sport to be at the heart of social integration and to improve the employability of young people through the education and personal development it offers. Expectations that can only be realised through a skilled workforce of professionals and the huge army of volunteers that lies at the heart of the sector.
EOSE was the applicant and coordinator, and was supported by a wide partnership of 18 national partners and 5 European networks to deliver the challenging ESSA-Sport project.
The partnership was composed of various stakeholders from the sport and physical activity sector such as training providers and universities, research centres, sport councils, governments, representative of employers and employees, as well as several EU umbrella organisations. It was important to constitute such a wide partnership to reflect the breadth, realities, needs and diversity of the sector.
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