Defining skills and competences for sport to act as a tool for development of people and society in Europe



Duration:  36 months – 1st January 2019 – 31st December 2021

Location: The project has a European scope and takes place in 9 different countries

Applicant/Coordinator: EOSE, The European Observatoire of Sport and Employment, France


  • Italian Sport for All Association (UISP) – Italy
  • International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) – Denmark / EU / Global
  • University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (UNICAS) – Italy
  • Leeds Beckett University – UK
  • General Secretariat for Sports – Greece
  • Sports Union of Slovenia (SUS) – Slovenia
  • StreetGames – UK
  • Women Win – Netherlands/ Global


Funding body: EU Erasmus + Sport Collaborative Partnership 2018




The power of sport to change lives and change society is globally recognized and in Europe there are growing Governmental and EU level expectations of sport to become an agent for change and to be central to social policy.

The innovative CHANGE project focuses on an emerging specialist field in sport - “Sport for Development”, defined as the use of sport as a tool to bring positive change in the lives of people and communities, often aiming to tackle social issues. Here, organizations have emerged in response to societal change and have had to build a workforce without access to adapted education and training due to the traditional focus of sport education on performance in sport. Yet the skills of their workforce will be vital to their effectiveness.

To address this need, the CHANGE project, for the first time at EU level, aim to define the skills and competences of those working in sport for development, focusing on the two key roles - the sport for development coordinator and the sport for development activator.

The project envisages to produce the first employment map of the field and define specific competences and, by utilising the proven EOSE Lifelong Learning Strategy (7 Step Model), wants to develop pilot training modules to be tested at national level and a training handbook for the on-going development of education for professionals and volunteers, offering a real legacy to support the development of the workforce.



  • European Desk Research and Occupational Map for sport for development
  • Occupational Descriptors and definitions for sport for development positions in Europe
  • Functional Map for sport for development in Europe
  • European Occupational Standards for sport for development coordinators and activators
  • Training Programme Handbook for sport for development coordinators and activators
  • Implementation and Sustainability Plan for sport for development in Europe



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