Title Development and transfer of modules on the topic of "modern management of sports facilities" into vocational training and further education in EU member states
Project Number D/06/B/F/PP-146 548
Project Type Pilot Project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
Marketing Text The social importance of sport was underlined by the European Union in the Treaty of Amsterdam. In the management of sports facilities approximately 1.5 million persons are working in stadiums, sports clubs, tennis clubs, swimming pools, in cities and towns. The qualification for a sustainable sports facilities manager provides a comprehensive training in these areas. The learning modules were developed together with practitioners. Therefore already several hundred participants were enthusiastic about its practical feasibility.
The social significance of the sport was emphasized by the European Union in the treaty of Amsterdam, which demanded the realization of a balanced and sustainable development (agenda 21). The translation of these stipulations into action and into systems of vocational training and further education for management and technical staff of sports facilities is subject of this proposal.
Due to its high importance all European countries dispose of a large number of sports facilities, in Germany alone appr. 170.000, in Slovenia the superficies of sports facilities increased three and a half times between 1975 and 2003. AT the same time sport offers labour, for example in Germany to appr. 450.000 employees.The sector of leisure and sport is one of the largest growth industries in Europe, still the segment of “sports facilities” has to overcome significant problems in order to secure its future in a sustainable way. This applies to all three sectors of agenda 21: Economy – the rising costs for energy have increased the budget of sports facilities significantly; Ecology- the high consumption of energy is a burden on the environment; Social – in many countries government subsidies for sports facilities have been cut or stopped altogether, economizations due to this development more often than not are to the loss of the socially weak. Moreover expectations of the users of sports facilities in regard to quality and ambiance of sports facilities have been hightened significantly which forces the operators to develop new concepts. In order to improve this situation in a sustainable way it is imperative to develop a new curriculum and training courses for managers of sports facilities and their technical staff which integrates the requirements of agenda 21. Such a training until now is missing in Europe both in vocational training and further education.
This proposal is based on a pilot project, which the applicant accomplishes at present in Germany on "development of a qualification system for sports facility managers and co-workers for an adjustment of the sports sites according to Agenda 21(QUASPO)" for BMBF/BIBB and whose results already have been in large demand by the European partners. The four modules for further education gained in QUASPO in this project provide the basis for the development of a total of seven modules for initial vocational training of personnel working later on in sports facilities like experts on sport and fitness, technicians (electricians, plumbers) or managers. Elements of this initial vocational training later on can be used for further education as well.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
Recognition and certification
The modules will be available 18 months after the beginning of the project. Until ist end the competences that can be acquired by use of the modules will be described. The preparation of integration of the qualification units into existing initial or further training will be finished at that point and the manual for teachers and educational trainers aswell as the teaching and training material fort he users as well as critera for the certificate will be presented.
1. description of the competences of management and technical staff working in sport facilities necessary for align and operate the facilities sustainably.
2. two educational programmes differing in function
a. for the management
b. for those working in the technical, maintenance or caretaking fields.
Both programmes consist of modules following the competency portfolio approach.
By comparing the individual portfolio of competences (including informally acquired abilities) with the newly developed competences exactly fitting ways to qualifications are opened – a significant precondition for comparibility and recognition of competences.The verification of competences will permit later on the acquisition of a Europe-wide acknowledged certificate. The integration of new modules into vocational training programmes of the countries participating depends on their conditions and needs. In their content the modules will concentrate on fields of learning and action specific to sport facilities. 3. Parts of the entire offer are a manual for teachers and further educators as well as learning and working materials for the users. These materials are compiled in such a manner that they can be used in significant parts for self studies by managers and trainees.
Further relevant information on the application
End users are those learning in contonuation schools, training enterprises or universities, that have integrated or wish to integrate the topic of sustainable management of sport facilities“ into their curricula for initial or further education. The teachers will have a manual at their disposal. As part ofthe learning offers are suitable for self-studies all of those working in the management or technical areas in sport facilities interested in further education are counted in as potential end users. Available languages: All products will be in German and English. Translation into other languages will bet he responsibility of the respective national partners. Media used: i.e. CD-ROM, internet. All results and products will be accessable on a.project website with integrated weblog and on CD-ROM. The website will be continued after the end of the project.