Publication: Employability and Sport Study

In the year 2016, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, an ENSE member — with the support of streetfootballworld, ENGSO youth and VDAB — was commissioned by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union to investigate sport’s contribution to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The final report of this study was released last month.

This study investigates sport’s contribution to the employability of young NEETs (not in employment, education or training) in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its aim is to identify the key components needed to effectively produce outcomes in sport for employability programmes. Through this, a generic ‘programme theory’ for optimal sport for employability programmes then developed which identified the key components, mechanisms, relationships and a presumed sequence of causes and effects.Thus, this study can also be used as a robust basis for monitoring and evaluation of existing programmes, as well as to optimise design and implementation of future initiatives. Insights from this study also provide the basis for a number of policy recommendations

The full report, titled Study on the contribution of sport to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy is available here.