Dancing, coaching and field work: 5 projects making a difference

Sport offers a great range of job prospects, from being a professional dancer to maintaining football fields or managing sports clubs. Through its vocational education and training strand, the Erasmus+ programme offers opportunities for mobility and cooperation between organisations to develop skills in the field of sport. Here are just a few examples.

When apprentice dancers Deirdre, Niamh and Grace left Ireland for a 3-week traineeship in Austria, they had no idea about the impact that it would have on their learning. They were delighted to discover a whole range of new techniques, reinforced their dancing group, made useful contacts, and soon found themselves dancing around Ireland to demonstrate their new skills. Find out more about their experience, which, as Deirdre put it, was ‘the best 3 weeks of my life.

The basketball section of the Spanish school IES Fermin Bouza Brey also took advantage of the Erasmus+ mobility opportunities to send 12 of its students and 12 of its staff to partner organisations in Sweden and Germany. Germán, for instance, spent 1 month in Ulm, Germany, which gave him the chance to improve his coaching skills and observe how to manage a professional basketball club.

Managing and running a sports club is indeed an occupation which requires a whole range of skills. Two recent Erasmus+ projects have been busy identifying these skills and developing training opportunities for staff and volunteers involved in such occupations. The MOVE project’s research mainly focussed on defining the soft skills needed for coaches to work in academic sports, while the S2A (Strategy to Action) is currently focussing on training people involved in middle management of sports clubs across Europe.

A final example of cooperation in an Erasmus+ project is the Teleturf project. Organisers are currently setting up an online course in 4 languages for apprentices and staff to learn to improve safety and quality conditions of artificial turf sport fields, as well as extending its useful life by improving maintenance. The project aims to distribute research-based knowledge on sport fields’ maintenance among European professionals in the turf sport field.

Learn more about vocational education and training opportunities through Erasmus+ for learners and staff here!

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