On the 19th of June 2019, the 3rd meeting of the ESSA-Sport European Associations Expert Advisory Group took place in Brussels, Belgium.  The aim of the event was to debate comprehensive sport employment statistics collected at the European level, to discuss the key findings from the first ever European Employer Skills Survey, and to work towards a collective view on priority actions and recommendations for the sector.

The meeting, chaired by the European Association of Sport Employers (EASE) and the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE), gathered 17 participants representing 12 European associations and network organisations involved in the sport sector in Europe including ENAS.

Mel Parker, ENAS President, attended the event on behalf of ENAS. He reports about the event below.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the event?

“The event involved a presentation and round table discussion on the current state of the workforce in the Sport & Physical activity sector in Europe. The session covered a presentation of a report on the current state of the labour market in the wider sport & physical activity sector, noting changes over the past 8 years.  Interesting differences were visible between countries in the number of roles reportedly available, and how sport is organised/ delivered. The session also reported on the EU Employer skills survey for the sector, which was of particular interest to the HE Sector as both a “trainer” of the workforce (trough academic courses in sport & exercise science and sports management), as well as a significant employer of staff, and volunteers within University sport.”

Was it useful to attend the event?

“It was useful to be present at this event, as the University Sport sector is a significant training agency for the sport & physical activity workforce, and can influence and respond to the recommendations arising from the report which can in turn influence policy at the EU level. University sport & recreation services are also significant employers in the sector, and i’m aware that numerous universities completed the survey, and have influenced the findings and recommendations, particularly in relation to future training needs within certain roles, and this may shape future course content/ modules in sports management / sports coaching courses in the future.”

Any advice for the ENAS members?

“Yes, if they would repeat the survey at some stage, make sure to fill it out and look out for the survey report. It is now still in draft format, but should be available for members to review later in the year. ENAS will look to make it available through it’s channels as well.”

More information on the ESSA sport project and the sport sector via the EOSE website: click here.

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