Enhancing the skills of sport administrators through international learning mobility

The S2A-Sport Mobility project has been co-funded by the European Commission as a Pilot Project in the field of sport under the call for proposals “Exchanges and mobility in sport”. The initiative will run for an 18-month period until June 2021.

Context and rationale

There is growing recognition of the social and economic potential of sport and as a result an increasing level of expectation from national governments for the sector to become a powerful tool linked to mainstream policy in education, health and the economy and for it to be used to promote social cohesion.

To achieve these expectations, it is imperative that those working and volunteering in sport are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform in their positions.

However, the sector is complex, fragmented, and evolving. New businesses and jobs are being created, and new skills are needed for both professionals and the huge army of volunteers that lies at the heart of the sector to match expectations from governments and the labour market.

The ambition of the 24-month S2A Sport Mobility project, co-funded by the European Union, is to support the sector in realising its potential by enhancing the skills of sport administrators, and strengthen their future employability and personal development through learning mobility experiences.

Sport administration functions are implemented by all those individuals, both paid staff and volunteers, who work to ensure the effective running of a sport organisation in accordance with its purpose and direction.

Aim 

The aim of the S2A Sport Mobility work programme is to offer the opportunity to 40 participants from the European Union and 4 targeted countries from Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Republic of North Macedonia) to take part in a fit-for-purpose transnational training programme on sport administration that will be delivered through 3 modules of 1-week duration in 3 different Western Balkans countries.

The training programme will be supplemented by a 4-day tailor made national study visit for each participant to undertake a developmental experience abroad in the sport industry.

The expected impact is to enhance the skills of the participants, to strengthen their future employability and personal development, to enlarge their network, to contribute to capacity building of their organisations and the development of sport in the EU and the Western Balkans.

Expected outputs

  • Promote and make learning mobility a reality in the sport sector

  • Demonstrate main benefits of such experiences abroad on individuals, organisations and the sport sector as a whole

  • Encourage international cooperation

  • Sustainable and enhanced capacity of sport organisations with well-equipped workforce

  • Sport to reach its potential and influence societal changes

Partnership

S2A Sport Mobility project is made up of a consortium of 8 partners including 3 National Olympic Committees, 3 universities and 2 European sport networks.

The project brings together a good mix of partners as half the partnership is coming from the Western Balkans and the other half from the European Union.

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