Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project strives to deliver the first Europe-wide Employment and Skills map for the whole sport and physical activity sector.

It is a major opportunity for the sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.

Despite a very competitive call, it is encouraging to highlight that only four sectors have been funded. This 3 years initiative, coordinated by EOSE (Applicant) and the two recognised EU social partners, gathers a total of 24 partners from 18 different EU Member States.

Following the national coordinators kick off meeting that was organised in Portugal on the 22nd of November 2016 and provided the opportunity to present the detailed work programme and expected activities to be implemented, the project was presented by EU Social Partners during the last meeting of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in sport and active Leisure (ESSDC) on the 28th of November 2016.

The presentation of the ESSA-Sport project was provide by EASE, the European Association of Sport Employers together with Uni-Europa with the support of the ESSA-Sport national coordinators from Poland and Sweden. Through the meeting, the combination of the ESSA sport project with the social dialogue in 2017 was discussed. This will be important to keep everyone involved and make the good link with the social dialogue. Indeed the ESSA-Sport is a research project that can create the conditions for change and improvement but does not in itself deliver that change. It can point the way and help win the hearts and minds of the key stakeholders and gain their commitment to make the journey. But without this first step the journey cannot begin.

This will be further explored during the next ESSDC meetings on the 10th of February 2017 (Working Group), the 29th of May 2017 (Working Group) and the 8th of November 2017 (Plenary meeting).