BOSS Project

This unique project will support increased participation in Health Enhancing Physical Activity in the Outdoors by developing and testing a framework for clear and comparable evidence of the economic value of the acknowledged social benefits that have been evidenced from outdoor sports.

The project has adopted a multi-disciplinary approach involving world leading academic institutions, both central and local government agencies, federations and practical deliverers, to ensure its credibility in development and practicability in delivery.


The European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity will deliver the first EU wide Employment and Skills map of the sport and physical activity sector across the 28 Member States – a sector of huge economic and social significance where new businesses and jobs are being created and new skills are needed to match the expectation from the labour market.

ESSA-Sport is a transnational initiative, funded under Erasmus+ and coordinated by the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE)with a supporting partnership of 18 national partners and 5 EU networks.

The sector is growing and changing, with increasing expectations to improve health, develop people and communities and provide employment, yet we know very little about the size and structure of employment and the skills needed to work in the sector.

ESSA-Sport aims to address this gap and provide the first comprehensive employment and skills map to help the strategic development of the sector.

EO mtbing

EO-MTBing is the European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides. We came into existence from the first ever collective pooling of skills, knowledge and experience from leading MTB training organisations across Europe, creating the world’s foremost source of expertise on the subject of MTB instructor-guiding. Our goals are to help define, develop and represent  the profession of mountain bike instructor-guide on a national and international level.

Our first main project is the creation of a standard qualification level for MTB instructor-guides across Europe, with the EO-MTBing European licence. The project, called CAPS-MTB (Creating a Professional European Standard in MTB Instructor-Guiding) is being jointly funded by our partner organisations and the Erasmus+ scheme from the European Commission.

GetWet #BeActive project

The Get WET project, which has been done under the banner of the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS) has been all about working across a range of sectors and through a range of water sports activities to provide clearer information and enhanced opportunities to participate in the lead up to and during the European Week of Sport.

A toolkit has been created to support organisations that are seeking to develop water sports at either a regional or local level by providing guidance, support, knowledge and practical tips for management.