Best Inclusion project publishes studies on barriers to employment in the sport sector

The Best Inclusion project partners meeting took place on 25-26 September 2023 in Murcia, Spain. ENGSO Youth Committee member Isaiah Kioiloglou  and ENGSO Youth Partnerships and Projects Manager Nadica Jovanovik participated in the meeting. One of the highlight topics to discuss were the newly published studies on the inclusivity of the European sports sector workforce.

As stated by the coordinator of the project, European Organisation of Sport Employers (EASE), sport plays a vital role in society and the economy, contributing to various aspects such as health, employment, social cohesion, and youth development. Specifically for young people, the sports sector has become an essential driver of job creation. However certain groups still experience exclusion when it comes to employment in sport.

Best Inclusion Murcia

The three studies researched the current state of the inclusiveness of the European sports labour market around three axes: gender, age and disabilities. 


– The University of Murcia was in charge of the study about the barriers to a more inclusive workforce for the sports sector in terms of gender; 

– The University of Cassino and Southern Lazio was in charge of the study in terms of age; 

and The UNESCO Chair Munster Technological University  was in charge of the study regarding disabilities. 


Studies are available here:


Study on gender

Within this study we talk about the barriers that are faced in a sport workplace when it comes to making it more inclusive in terms of gender.

Study on age and employment

Here the age-inclusive employment in the sport sector is covered, exploring the barriers there are, together with sharing best practices and recommendations on youth employment.


Study on disability

Making sustainable employment pathways for people with disabilities is the key part to this study, as well as covering best practices there are across EU when it comes to employment of people with disabilities.

The project’s next stage is to produce a guide to good practice for the inclusion and diversity of the sports workforce.

Earlier this year ENGSO Youth organised a roundtable discussion on age inclusion. Another round table will take place on 9 February 2024 in Vilniu, Lithuania.