The European Network of Sport Education is proud to welcome 18 members to its roster for 2018. Comprising a mix of Universities and Sport Organisations from 12 countries, these members bring unparalleled amount of knowledge, talent and expertise in the field of sport education.

Of this group, we are thrilled to welcome four new members to the fold:

In addition, there are 14 returning members in the network:

As part of the ENSE network, these organisations play a key role in the European dialogue on sport, and contribute directly in the field in a variety of collaborative projects such as SPEACH, Blueprint and Edu-Pact.

If your organisation is interested in fidning out more about membership, you can contact us at info (a) sporteducation.eu or visit our membership section.

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.

On November 3rd 2017, the inaugural iCoach Kids conference will be held at the Danubius Hotel Arena in Budapest.

Funded by Erasmus+, iCoachKids is an international, collaborative, multi-agency project aiming to support the development of a Specialist Children and Youth Coaching Workforce across the EU to make sure all youth sport participants have a positive experience led by suitably trained coaches leading to a lifelong involvement in sport and healthier lives.

iCoachKids will use a learner-centred, community-based, collaborative approach to create innovative learning and development opportunities for those coaching children and young people. Namely, the project will aim to develop an interactive learning tool, an online course and an online resource library.

Eight organisations are part of the project consortium, incluing ENSE member's the Lithuanian Sports University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence.

More information on the project can be found here, while the conference agenda can be found here.

The participation is free, limited number of international participants might benefit from free one night accommodation. Please contact Ladislav Petrovic on L.Petrovic@icce.ws

Following the latest ENSE Board Meeting on September 13th, ENSE is proud to welcome Karen Petry as its new president. Officially elected in 2015, she now begins her two-year term as ENSE president.

Karen Petry is Deputy Head of the Institute of European Sports Development and Leisure Studies at the renowned German Sports University and has been involved in the field of European Sport for nearly 30 years. Over that time, her work has largely focused on the issues of sport education, sport employment and sport-for-development.

"I am very glad about the trust that has been given to me and during my term I would like to implement some innovative European projects in the area of curriculum development. The beginning is the three years EDU PACT project (2018-2020) supported by the ERASMUS+ programme. The aim is the development of modules for intercultural learning in the PE and Coach education in five different countries" said Karen Petry following the board meeting.

At the meeting, Thomas Skovgaard of Denmark was also elected as president for the period starting 2019. In addition, three new board members also join ENSE: Michael Bronikowski, Daniela Caporossi and Susana Carla Alves Franco.

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