Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK International Briefing July 2015

Wed, 15 Jul 2015

The latest summary of some of the key initiatives that sports coach UK has been involved in on the international stage as well as news and information relevant to coaches.

EU Expert Group in Human Resource Development in Sport

The latest EU Expert Group meeting was held in Brussels on 16 June. sports coach UK represented the UK at the meeting and provided the UK perspective on coaching around the three main focus areas of the Expert Group:

  • Volunteering
  • Youth unemployment
  • Qualifications.

The Expert Group is tasked with providing recommendations to the EU Member States on each of these three priority areas which are all identified in the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-17.

Future updates will report on the recommendations that are relevant for coaching in the UK.

European Learning Syllabus for outdoor Animators Project

The European LEarning Syllabus for outdoor Animators (ELESA) aims to develop a European Syllabus for the training of outdoor animators and runs from 2013-2015. It has particular relevance for governing bodies that operate in the outdoor sport and activity sector. 

This project follows two previous projects on vocational and higher educational training in the outdoors: EQFOA (2006-2008) and CLO2 (2008-2010).

The European Qualification Framework for Outdoor Animators (EQFOA) focussed mainly on the description of the functions of, and the competences required by an Outdoor Animator. The outcomes of this project were threefold:

1. Occupational map
2. Functional map
3. Competence Framework

The CLO2 project subsequently focused on bridging the gap between the competences (EQFOA) and Learning Outcomes to be delivered by a training provider. The latter resulted in the development of:

4. Learning Outcomes Framework

Focussing on European Qualifications Framework level 5 was very important due to the vast number of workers in the outdoor sector that operate at this level.

After numerous and valuable discussions amongst EQFOA/CLO2 partners it became clear that the sector of the outdoors should progress in developing a proper European Learning Syllabus for Outdoor Animators. Moreover, it was recognised that in order to improve mobility of workers as well as to promote the concept of Life Long Learning (LLL), a European approach in training outdoor animators is the appropriate way to reach these goals.

Further information can be found on the ELESA project website.

ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association) Study on Physical Inactivity in Europe

A new study commissioned by ISCA and published this month by the Centre for Economics and Business Research has revealed the true cost of Europe’s physical inactivity time bomb. The study shows that half a million Europeans die every year as a result of being physically inactive. The most common causes of death are from those diseases linked to being physically inactive, such as coronary heart disease, type II diabetes and colorectal and breast cancer.
The study, called the Economic Cost of Physical Inactivity in Europe, shows that one in four adults across Europe is currently physically inactive – as are four out of five adolescents. It also found that the total cost to Europe’s economy from such widespread inactivity is over 80 billion Euros a year – five billion Euros more than the world spends on cancer drugs each year.
If nothing is done to get people moving and more active in their day to day lives, the study says physical inactivity could pose a bigger risk to public health in the future than smoking.
Read the full story here and download the report and infographic on the official ISCA microsite.

EOSE Bulletin

European Observatoire for Sport and Employment (EOSE) are an international organisation working towards the development of the sport and active leisure sector, expert in building bridges between the worlds of education and employment and ensuring the development of a competent workforce with the right skills.

It’s recent newsletter contains information that governing bodies will find useful around wider workforce issues including apprenticeships and good governance in sport and active leisure.

Access the latest EOSE newsletter.

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