The role of sport officials (umpires, referees, judges etc.) is vital in sport. They ensure participants compete within the spirit of the sport or activity through the impartial and consistent application of its rules and laws.

The ONSIDE project will explore and define, for the first time at the EU level, the generic competences, skills and knowledge expected of sport officials – covering all sports and nations.  The education component of the project will include the development and delivery of brand new training through innovative learning methods, including e-learning courses.

ONSIDE is a three-year project running from January 2018 to December 2020 and is funded through the European Union Erasmus+ Programme.

Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project strives to deliver the first Europe-wide Employment and Skills map for the whole sport and physical activity sector.

ESSA-Sport is a research and consultation project and a major opportunity for the sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.

Despite a very competitive call, it is encouraging to highlight that only four sectors have been funded. This 3 years initiative, coordinated by EOSE (Applicant) and the two recognised EU social partners, gathers a total of 24 partners from 18 different EU Member States. Such an Alliance will provide a real basis for on-going collaboration to help sport grow and succeed and to fulfil its
growing potential.