Title Vocational Training for Sports Centres Employees with European Certificate (EuroSport)
Project Number 2009-1BG1-LEO05-01602
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
This project was aimed at transferring of innovative VET programmes certified in a number of European sport VET systems, at adapting and integrating them in the national qualifications framework and system.
Innovative e-learning program for fitness instructors/exercise professionals/ was created. It is now accredited by EHFA for the qualifications 'fitness instructor' and 'group fitness instructor' (www.ehfa-accreditation.eu/).
The successful students become members of EREPS (www.ereps.eu.com).
The target group for this project is the personnel of Sports Centres (SCs) within the EU. The European Network of Sport Science Education and Employment has estimated this target group to be 300 000 employees with little or no vocational education and training. They are identified as low skilled workers with responsibility for the day to day care and administration of SCs with more than a billion visits of persons who undertake physical exercise to improve their health and wellbeing. The possibility to follow VET programmes does not exist and the profession have few opportunities to develop a career. Successful athletes are often hired as janitors of sports grounds, and in other cases hiring is done after temporary work. This project is aimed at transferring of innovative VET programmes certified in 10 European sport VET systems, at adapting and integrating them in the national qualifications framework and system. The objectives are:
1 Identifying and analysing user requirements of SCs employees and managers, sport education providers and policy makers in Bulgaria, Germany and Sweden.
2 Analysis and adoption of common certification principles based on the ECVET system and description, via national qualifications frameworks and systems, of the VET qualifications in terms of learning outcomes.
3 Selecting and adapting innovative VET content and training methods to reach these outcomes and to meet the specific user requirements.
4 Transferring the adapted VET materials and development of e-learning support materials and a new course in kinesitherapy and rehabilitation for sport centres instructors.
5 Pilot test of the VET courses with trainees from public and private sport centres with delivery of European certificate.
The EuroSport project features well-balanced partnership in terms of organisations involved and expertise required: training providers, employers, sports association, national governmental organization, project management experts, developers of e-learning systems.
As a final result of the proposed project we have a complete set of 3 VET programmes for SCs managers, instructors and technical staff with transferable units of learning outcomes with allocation of credit points based on a common certification principles.
The impact on target groups and sector: meeting the needs of SCs employees of recognised Europe-wide qualification, and providing them opportunity for further career development and increased mobility. The impact on VET systems: support in the development of national and sectoral qualifications systems and frameworks. The project created the basis for a EU wide acknowledgment of the training programme in the sector of sport with common criteria and the EU instruments EUROPASS and ECVET and its integration in the European reference frameworks for the qualification levels. The qualifications are transparent and recognised in all EU countries through EHFA certification.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
transparency and certification
program or curricula
material for open learning
description of new occupation profiles
Report on the analysis of training needs and user requirements
Description of qualifications of Sport centres employees in terms of learning outcomes
Syllabi of three VET programmes:
- Sport centres managers and technicians
- Active aging
e-Learning materials for three courses
Valorisation report and materials for dissemination and exploitation results