Without sport officials across Europe giving up their time, sport in the EU would grind to a halt and be unable to function. Sport officials (umpires, referees, judges, etc.) provide necessary guidance and support, so that participants and spectators can have a safe, positive and enjoyable sporting experience.
Sport officiating is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in sport by offering a fair, safe and enjoyable environment for participants. Officials also undertake an important role in the staging of sport competitions, providing leadership and guidance to participants, ensuring that the competition is conducted in a safe and fair manner. Sports officials are the guardians of standards for sport.
No sport policy or objective can be achieved without sport officials. The recruitment, training and retention of sport officials are of vital importance to all sports, at all levels, in all nations.
The ONSIDE project was based on the development of European industry-led Occupational Standards and relevant training material for sport officials with the goal of improving the recognition of sport officiating and developing new routes for recruitment, training and retention.
The Lifelong Learning Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity (7 Step Model) provided the overall methodology which was implemented though the ONSIDE project to deliver the expected intellectual outputs.
The consortium working together to achieve the ONSIDE project brought together a selection of 11 partners from 9 different Member States having a recognised expertise, knowledge or interest to develop the area of sport officiating.
Coordinated by EOSE, the partnership included a unique combination of 3 International/European sport federations, 2 national sport federations, 1 national sports council, 1 national Olympic committee, 1 university, and 2 national associations of sport officials.
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