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, was 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.
S2A Sport Mobility project was made up of a consortium of 8 partners including 3 National Olympic Committees, 3 universities and 2 European sport networks.
The project brought together a good mix of partners as half the partnership came from the Western Balkans and the other half from the European Union.