V4V Projekt (Erasmus+ sport)

Project leader: European Observatory of Sports and Employment (EOSE)

Project partner: Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS)

Project ID: 622128-EPP-1-2020-FR-SPO-SCP

Start Date: January 01, 2021-

End Date: December 31, 2023

Total Grant: 450 000 euros

HUSS partial grant: 13 470 euro

Description of project:

The project aims to provide practical solutions to some key challenges in the world of sport volunteering. There is substantial evidence over many years that volunteers are vital to sport. They give freely of their time and energy, but they also gain much informal learning through their voluntary work. One of V4V’s founding principles is that, if there is a way to make these skills and competences visible, this could be a powerful incentive to engaging more volunteers. As appropriate to the ambitions and needs of individual volunteers, making their skills and competences visible could also ease their transition into paid employment, help career progression and begin to address some of the sectoral skill shortages which other research, such as EOSE’s ESSA-Sport project has revealed. Another challenge is that sport volunteering is in decline, and it is vital we do more to care for and retain sport volunteers and make better use of what they can contribute.

With the support of 12 high profile expert partners from the European sport sector, V4V aims to provide the following outputs:

  • A comprehensive mapping of sport volunteer workforce
  • A digital toolkit for volunteer recruitment, retention and management
  • An online competency-based self-assessment tool so volunteers can identify and showcase skills and competences gained through volunteering experiences
  • The first ever European Sport Volunteering Skills Summit

The project consists of four project elements (IO1-IO4), of which the Hungarian University of Sport Sciences is the leader of the first project element (IO1). This project element represents the research part of the project. Data collection was carried out using three methods, namely document analysis, interviews and questionnaires on volunteering in the partner countries.


  1. European Observatory of Sports and Employment (EOSE)
  2. International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA)
  3. European Volunteer Centre (CEV)
  4. World Rugby (WRF)
  5. International Judo Federation Academy Foundation (IJF)
  6. Romanian Football Federation (FRF)
  7. Finnish Athletics Federation (SUL)
  8. The Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA)
  9. Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth (IDPJ)
  10. Estonian Foundation of Sports Education and Information
  11. National Institute for Sport Research (NISR)
  12. Leeds Beckett University (LBU)
  13. Hungarian University of Sports Sciences (HUSS)

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