The kick-off meeting of the 2019 selected Pilot Projects in the field of sport under the call for proposals “Exchanges and mobility in sport” was organised by the DGEAC Sport Unit on 6th of April 2020. The event, originally postponed due to the exceptional circumstances with COVID-19, was arranged online and was attended by representatives from the 10 selected projects. The event provided the opportunity to receive an overall introduction and update on Sport Policy from the European Commission, to clarify technical and financial issues for the selected projects, and to get a brief introduction from each project leader about the planned activities.
EOSE was represented by its Executive Director, Aurélien Favre, who had the opportunity to give a short presentation of the S2A Sport Mobility project which started early 2020 and has the ambition to support the sport sector in realising its full potential by enhancing the skills of sport administrators engaged as paid staff and volunteers within sport organisations, and to strengthen their future employability and personal development through learning mobility experiences. Indeed, the project will offer the opportunity to 40 sport administrators to take part in a fit-for-purpose transnational training programme on sport administration that will be delivered through 3 modules of 1 week in 3 different Western Balkans countries. A total of 32 participants will come from Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia) and 8 participants from the European Union. The training programme will be supplemented by a 4 days tailor made national study visit for each participant to undertake a concrete experience abroad and acquire new skills from such learning mobility. The overall goal of the initiative is to enhance the skills of sport administrators but also to contribute to the capacity building of their sport organisations and so the development of sport in the Western Balkans and the European Union.