Investigation of Sport and Employability


Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues in Europe today, with more than 14 million young job seekers currently without work. In 2016 ENGSO Youth has teamed up with University of Brussels Vrije, Streetfootball world and VDAB Belgium - European consortium awarded to obtain the Study on the contribution of sport to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

This study investigated sport’s contribution to the employability of young NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its aim was to identify the key components needed to effectively produce outcomes in sport for employability programmes. Across all EU Member States youth unemployment rates are generally much higher than the unemployment rates for other age groups. These developments have serious consequences not only for the individuals concerned but also for society and the wider economy. Long-term unemployment may intensify marginalization, leading to poverty and even greater risk of social exclusion. Sport contributes to combatting youth unemployment, to enhancing young people's employability and to ensuring labour market participation of vulnerable young people facing specific challenges.

An in-depth investigation was conducted of 10 selected case study organisations in 8 different European Member States. A theoretical framework provided the basis for data collection and analysis. In total, 85 in-depth interviews in 4 different languages were conducted with programme designers, social workers, sport coaches, participants and former participants. Documents, field notes and follow-up interviews provided more understanding of the complexity of the workings of each case study organisation and their programme. A generic ‘programme theory’ for optimal sport for employability programmes was then developed which identified the key components, mechanisms, relationships and a presumed sequence of causes and effects. Because of its normative nature, the theory serves as a set of guiding principles and recommendations. It can 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 provided the basis for a number of policy recommendations.


It is out there - as a pioneer and as a pillar of future hopefully more in-depth and engaging consideration of #competences and #skills developed through and by sport. This #Study serves as first such analyzes Europe-wide and now is published and polished after two years of hard work: consideration, negotiation, field-work and research. Final report LINK

Executive summaries LINK

ENGSO Youth Coordinator and Contact Point: Nevena Vukašinović, Vice Chair

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