On 13-14 June 2022, the three year “BeST Inclusion” Erasmus+ funded project officially started during the kick-off meeting in Paris, France, in which ENGSO Youth chair Ugne Chmeliauskaite and ENGSO Youth project manager Christian Saleh Hajj took part.
Led by the European Association of Sport Employers (EASE), the consortium of the “BeST Inclusion” project brings together diverse organisations working on various inclusion issues: total of 12 partners from 9 different European countries. ENGSO Youth was invited to be a part of the project and to share expertise on Youth empowerment.
The project’s aims are to help to achieve an inclusive workforce within the sport sector, by considering the inclusiveness and the diversity of the European workforce around 3 axes: gender, age and disability.
The main aim is to strengthen the employability around these axes by accompanying sport employers and giving them the right tools to hire from these different categories of workers without any hesitation.
The expertise and experience of the consortium in the three targeted areas will ensure the success of this project, by making practical recommendations to sport employers regarding the employment of women, young people and people with disabilities, recommendations that are applicable in each member state of the European union, thanks to the analysis of good practices in different countries.
During the kick-off meeting, the Event Inclusiveness Charter was signed by all 12 partners.
As part of the project’s efforts, the next step for ENGSO Youth will be to organise a European round table about the barriers to employment in the sport sector in terms of age and then organise a national roundtable about the best practices in terms of inclusion and diversity of the sport workforce.
This will eventually support the production of recommendations to achieve a more inclusive workforce for the sport sector, that will be usable on a national and European level in social dialogue and in line with the economic reality of the sport sector.