The sport sector can play a positive and major role in stimulating children, youngsters and adolescents in raising awareness and changing behaviour into a more active and healthy lifestyle. Through sport professionals like physical education teachers and sport coaches many people can be reached. Being active in sport is beneficial for health but additional favourable effects occur when other forms of physical activity like walking, cycling, playing are promoted. To support the physical education teachers and sport coaches in their role of promoter of an active and healthy lifestyle, the SPEACH project was developed. As a result, five so called HEPA-modules were developed which can be offered by physical education teachers and sport coaches during their sport sessions with pupils. These modules are all available freely online.
This 3-year project aimed at filling the gap with a common Sport Science higher education system in Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia, introducing vocationally oriented Masters and Lifelong Learning Programmes based on a learning outcomes and competencies approach, targeting new and old graduates, with flexible learning pathways and permeability among the different Sport Science and Physical Education programmes, while fostering partnership between universities and stakeholders, and practical training in real working environment to provide a better match between job market needs and the qualifications offered. Ultimately, five vocationally oriented Master programmes were created, and information about these programmes and the related Universities can be found on the project website.
English in Sport (2014-2016)
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
European Bachelor of Physical Activity and Lifestyle (2010-2013)
the impact of lifestyle related health problems requires new approaches. Combined interventions, with an emphasis on sports and physical activity, can play a major role in enhancing a healthy lifestyle for European citizens. For the development, implementation and evaluation of such interventions a new professional is needed, the ‘Physical Activity and Lifestyle professional’. In Europe there is no specific education programme on a bachelor level to educate and train these professionals. In 2010, the Erasmus programme approved our proposal for the development of a new European bachelor programme.
From 2010-2013, the consortium containing eight partners developed a 3-year bachelor programme in ‘Physical Activity and Lifestyle Counselling’ and pilot tested three semesters. Information on the development of the programme can be found in our publications, while interested applicants can apply for the Bachelor via participating Universities, including the Lithuanian Sports University.
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 labour 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. Archival project information can be found on the AEHESIS website, and more details can also be found in our publications section.