Sport social partners: joint opinion on strengthening employability in the sector

Friday 10 February 2017

The social partners in the sport sector, the European Association of Sport Employers (EASE) and UNI Europa Sports, have adopted a joint opinion on ‘Strengthening employability in the sport and active leisure sector’, which from today is available in English, French and Spanish.

They are aiming to proactively shaping the future of the sport and active leisure sector which is broad broad, diverse and growing. Whereas employment in sport used to be related to physical education or built around sports facility provision it is now equally linked to coaching, sports science, injury rehabilitation, marketing, event management, healthy lifestyles, and elite competition.

To this point the industry has not been able to translate its economic growth into stable and sustainable employment conditions for its workforce. Across the sector employees face temporary and part-time (often seasonal) working contracts while employers lament skills gaps and mismatches.

In order to make employment more accessible and sustainable the partners invite members and affiliates to spread the word about the joint opinion and European and national policymakers to follow the recommendations outlined in the joint opinion.