EU sports boost for Gloucester University

A University of Gloucestershire led project has been given the approval of the European Commission in Brussels

The project, titled EGS ‘Employability of Graduates in Sport’, is funded up to €360k by the European Union’s (EU) Erasmus Lifelong Learning programme. The project runs over two years and aims to develop formal networks between employers and Higher Education Institutions in six EU countries including the UK, Spain, France, Greece, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Project partners include Universities in Spain (University of Murcia), Greece (University of Thessaly), France (University of Strasbourg), Germany (University of Gottingen) and the Czech Republic (Palacky University). There are also two employer partners including one from the UK, Cheltenham Borough Council and from Spain, El Pozo, a sports coaching organisation.

The bid was led by a team from the University of Gloucestershire, headed up by Professor of Exercise Science Diane Crone.

The aim of the project is to improve EU based sports graduates employment opportunities and for employers to have the opportunity to enhance the curriculum.  The project will develop formal networks between Universities and employers though a series of networking events over the next year in each of the six countries.  It will also develop toolkits and recommendations for both groups to be used across the EU as a guide for others and to provide models of good practice.

Employability is central to the work of Universities and the exciting prospect for this project is that, if successful in achieving its aims, has the potential to be transferred into many other graduate based employment settings.

The ERASMUS funding stream is highly competitive with a 1 in 5 success rate. The project was commended by the European Commission reviewers for having a good balance of Universities and employer representatives, one of which is Cheltenham Borough Council Leisure services.

The application was also commended for including representatives from countries with very high youth unemployment (Spain and Greece have over 40% youth unemployment) and also countries with low unemployment, for example Germany who have 8% youth unemployment.

Professor Crone and the team were delighted to hear the news of its success, Prof Crone said: “This project’s success is excellent news for sport based programmes in the UK and in the EU generally. It also presents a great opportunity to learn about other models of employability from partner countries, and to share programmes across the EU.”

Employers in sport and UK based Universities interested in being involved in the networking events or to find out more please contact Prof Diane Crone or the Interventions4Health team on

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