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Promoting the sector of sport education at the European level

The European Network of Sport Education (ENSE, formerly known as ENSSEE) is an international non-profit organisation and has been active in the field of sport education in Europe since 1989. The organisation focuses on projects aimed at developing and promoting the sector of sport and sport sciences at the European level, especially as they relate to physical education, coaching, management as well as health and physical activity.

As the first organisation of its kind, ENSE enjoys a strong reputation across the continent and is a leader in regards sport education and policy.

ENSE's role in the complex organisational environment of Sport is defined through four factors: the network’s expertise in the subject of sport education, the network’s membership diversity, its relationships to several other European organisations — including the European Council's Working Group on Human Resources Development in Sport — and a team combining academic and practical expertise.

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Current Project – The active leisure sector, including the fitness and outdoor sectors, has intensively worked on its own skills agenda in recent years. Accordingly the Blueprint Project focuses on developing new skills for current and future workers, improving employability of young people, and supporting entrepreneurship and growth across the sector.


Current Project – Working with schools and teachers, this project will target a major, current societal problem: The migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. The objective of the project is to help address these challenges and to develop innovative, evidence-based intercultural pedagogy in physical education and coaching.


Current Project – ESSA-Sport will deliver the first Employment and Skills map of the sport and physical activity sector – a sector of huge economic and social significance where new businesses and jobs are being created and new skills are needed to respond to the labour market. As part of the project, ENSE will contribute its expertise as part of the Sport Expert Advisory Group.


Completed Project – The main goal of SPEACH was to increase awareness and behavioural change in sport professionals and European citizens towards an active and healthy lifestyle. Looking for innovative ways to address these issues, the consortium consisted of ten partner organizations and actors from seven EU countries.


Completed Project – This project aimed at creating a common Sport Science higher education system in Albania, Kosovo and Serbia by designing and introducing vocationally-oriented sport degrees, as well as by fostering partnership between universities and stakeholders.

English in Sport

Completed Project – English is the most common language in the sports world, be it for technical meetings, competitions, refereeing or press conferences. English in Sport aimed to develop multimedia e-learning tool that has a direct link to sport life, practices and competition, and help practitioners master this crucial language.


Completed Project – Bringing together 86 institutions, the goal of of this project was the alignment of European higher education in sport. To do so, national programmes were integrated into the Bologna framework and matched to the needs of the labor markets. Major outcomes included the mapping of European sport science programs, the creation of a commonly accepted framework of learning outcomes, and the development of a methodology for the comparison of programmes.


Vienna, Austria

2019: XV ENSE Forum
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Aarhus, Denmark

2017: XIV ENSE Forum

Rome, Italy

2015: XIII ENSSEE Forum


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Who we are
Karen Petry
Karen Petry
President – Germany
Researcher and Head, Institute of European Studies, German Sport University, Cologne ENSSEE/ENSE Vice President, 2011-2017
Thomas Skovgaard
Thomas Skovgaard
President-Elect – Denmark
Associate Professor and Head of Centre and of Studies, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Southern University of Denmark, Odense
Paolo Parisi
Paolo Parisi
Past President – Italy
Professor of Biology (ret) and Former Rector, University of Rome “Foro Italico” ENSSEE/ENSE President, 2013-2017
Harald Tschan
Harald Tschan
General Secretary – Austria
Professor and Head, Department of Training and Movement Science, University of Vienna
Ladislav Petrovic
Ladislav Petrovic
Treasurer – Hungary
Secretary General, International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), Leeds and Budapest
Paul de Knop
Paul de Knop
Member-at-large – Belgium
Professor of Sport Sociology and Rector, Free University of Brussels
Johan de Jong
Johan de Jong
Member-at-large – Netherlands
Lecturer Healthy Lifestyle, Sports and Physical Activity, Institute for Sport Studies, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
Michal Bronikowski
Michal Bronikowski
Member-at-large – Poland
Assoc. Prof. and Head of the Department of Didactics and Physical Activity, University School of Physical Education of Poznan
Daniela Caporossi
Daniela Caporossi
Member-at-large – Italy
Associate Professor, Head, Unit of Movement Biology and Chair, European Master in Health and Physical Activity, University of Rome “Foro Italico”
Susana Carla Alves Franco
Susana Carla Alves Franco
Member-at-large – Portugal
Coordinating Professor, Bachelor in Health and Fitness, School of Sport Science, Rio Maior; and Research Center of IP Viseu and IP Santarem
José Rodrigues
José Rodrigues
Council Member – Portugal
Professor and Former Head, Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior, International School Coordinator, Polytechnic Institute of Santarem
Jean Camy
Jean Camy
Council Member – France
Professor emeritus, University Lyon 1 and Co-Founder, EOSE
Karsten Froberg
Karsten Froberg
Council Member – Denmark
Professor, FECSS, Centre of Research in Childhood Health, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark
Louis Moustakas
Louis Moustakas
Communications and Project Manager

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