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Feasibility Study on possible future mobility measures for sport in EU now available


The study was launched in March 2013 and was financed by the Preparatory Action 'European Partnership on Sports' 2012.


It was carried out by a consortium composed of the Olympic Chair in Management of Sports Organisations from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) acting as applicant, and two partners which are the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) and Sport and Citizenship (S&C).

Main objectives:
  • Assess the current opportunities for learning mobility within the sport sector, both within and outside of EU funded programmes;
  • Collate all existing statistics and data at the EU and National levels about Learning Mobility carried out within the EU funded programs and identify good practice both inside and outside of the sector;
  • Identify the range of barriers and obstacles facing the sport sector’s involvement in learning mobility opportunities;
  • Analyse potential benefits, needs and expectations of learning mobility for the sport sector through a wide consultation with various stakeholders from the sector;
  • Produce a subsequent set of recommendations for the European Commission to determine whether the funding of sport learning mobility measures is needed within the new ERASMUS+ programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.


Main findings:
  • On one hand there is clearly a strong demand for learning mobility in the sportsector. Sport recognises the benefit for the individual, for their organisation and for sport as a whole that would arise from an increase in learning mobility. Yet on the other hand, sport has only participated at a low level in the programmes designed to make learning mobility a reality.
  • Awareness levels of the opportunities offered by the EU funded programmes have been low in the sport sector and sport has lacked the organisation and capacity to engage.
  • The sport sector is neither well-understood by, nor engaged with the generic organisations that specialise in supporting and leading mobility programmes at a national level.
  • The engagement of sport in learning mobility needs to be given a new impetus, capitalising on the increased profile of mobility generated both by the launch of Erasmus+ itself and the significant interest generated through the consultation process in the Feasibility Study, which has identified considerable latent interest and demand from the sector.
  • The new Erasmus+ programme offers a good range of opportunities to financially support learning mobility in the Sport Sector, through the Education and Youth chapters. The Sport Chapter should be used to create the right conditions to support sport in accessing and implementing an enhanced level of quality learning mobility.
  • Learning mobility should be embedded in the Sport Chapter as a prime tool to promote and disseminate good practice in support of the key policy areas to be supported by the Chapter e.g. good Governance. The inclusion of learning mobility as tool in project proposals and collaborative partnerships should be encouraged.

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