Entrepreneurial Capacity-building for Sport: IHF asbl joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of ENDURANCE

On November 5th 2020, IHF asbl joined the online Kick-Off Meeting of ENDURANCE, a Project co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Commission, which brings together eight Partners from seven countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Slovakia and Spain). The KOM, originally planned in Bratislava, Slovakia, was held in online mode due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Links between sports & entrepreneurship are manifold, yet seldom recognized and rarely capitalized upon. The two are rarely found together in VET as effectively connected domains with synergic links: hence the need for much-needed entrepreneurial competences due to low entrepreneurial education in sports-oriented disciplines and lack of tailored entrepreneurship training. ENDURANCE “rethinks” the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship based on the complementarities and commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship, such as determination, perseverance, self-confidence, stamina, respect of rules, team play, self-reliance, competition, success/failure, etc.

ENDURANCE’s objective is to reignite entrepreneurial spirit and modernize the way entrepreneurship is tackled in VET and to:

  1. Map dynamics of sports and entrepreneurship, common traits and links for sustainable careers for learners in VET and sport systems
  2. Develop ENDURANCE entrepreneurship custom-made training and tools
  3. Establish online interactive OER platform for ENDURANCE training (virtual and blended learning)
  4. Sustain results and promote their uptake in VET and sport ecosystems
  5. Advance the entrepreneurship and sport discourse at policy level with the ENDURANCE Green Paper

During the meeting, the Consortium discussed about the overall project implementation schedule, defining timelines and respective duties in the following months. In particular, the partnership will upload the OER platform by the end of 2020: the ENDURANCE official website will represent a repository of project’s outputs, results, news and contacts. A mapping activity will follow in order to identify the main trends, issues, best practices and policy support systems in the countries represented in the Consortium. Partners will be focused on finding commonalities between sport and entrepreneurship. This mapping activity will culminate in a final report that will be available online by July 2021.

In the Project, IHF asbl brings its expertise and experience as a key social player in international and European projects. In particular, IHF asbl ensures the “European Dimension” of the Project as it carries out all the technical tasks from a “European Perspective”, i.e. carrying out analysis of relevant EU policies and initiatives; extrapolating EU relevant case studies, lessons learned and best practices.

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