Open Data For Sport Governance

Open Data for Sport Governance is an Erasmus + Project, led by the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalunya. 


SportMalta, is one of the 6 collaborative partners in this project.The overall objective of the project is to create a governance and management tool to analyse, compare and help European Sport Organizations. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the ‘good’ governance has become a must when sport organizations are facing cases of corruption, doping, match fixing and mismanagement, therefore the aim is to help sport managers by providing them with data on management indicators and, through the IT tool, to position their organization in comparison with the score of the sport organizations participating in this project.

The Project focuses on terms of eight dimensions in relation to Governance, Strategy, Sport, Marketing, Human Resources, Procedures and Technology, Social Responsibility and Finance. The Project analyses sport modalities common to the 7 countries participating in the project, such as football, basketball, swimming, tennis and athletics. Finally the project sample consisted of 518 sport organizations, in which all these sport organizations who had participated in this project understood that there are opportunities for improvement, and also can set short and medium-term priorities, and consequently promote change in areas where there is room for improvement.

In conclusion, this project can contribute to the sustainability of the Sport model of our Sport Organizations.


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.

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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.

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SportMalta has just embarked on a partnership in an Erasmus+ funded project called “ACTION GovernAnCe SporT CodificatIon COnvergeNce”. This project shall endeavour to review existing Codes of Good Governance in Europe and examine the facilitators and impediments of governance convergence in sport. Identifying and/or developing common grounds from the existing Codes with the objective of design one code that embraces cultural differences and national structural mechanisms together with offering practical tools in order to apply the converged, are also objectives of this project.


This project shall target and benefit Policy makers, civil servants, administration staff, public and local authorities related with sport and education sectors,   Board Members of National Sport Confederations, Federations and Associations, National Olympic Committees, Umbrella Sport Authorities, Governmental Sport Organizations (run by non-executives Board Members) in the European Countries, Board Members of European and International Sport Federations and Associations, European and International Olympic Committees, Board Members of Non-governmental Sport Organizations and Institutions and institutions associated with the sport and education sector, Academic Experts and Researchers in the field of sport, management, policy and the wider public.



Continuing the journey towards a skilled workforce for the sport sector in Europe.

The necessity for the SKILLS project was established when the transnational EU-funded effort European Sector Skills Alliance for the sport and physical activity sector was completed in October 2019.

ESSA-Sport was created as the first stage in a long and difficult path to reform and standardize skills and certification in the sport and physical activity sector, as well as re-skill the workforce of paid employees and volunteers.

To carry out the projected work program, a complementary mix of partners from the education, employment, and government sectors, all of whom are highly relevant to the topic, has been gathered. To achieve the project’s goals, a logical framework of work packages and partner meetings has been designed. 

The projected impact will be the modernisation of vocational education and training in sport, in line with EU policies and tools, in order to equip the workforce with the skills necessary by the labor market and enable the industry to attain its full potential. A sustainability plan will ensure that efforts continue beyond the project’s lifespan.