Our Partners

Cardiff Metropolitan University is the overall project co-ordinator. Cardiff Metropolitan University has been voted Welsh University of the year 2021 and is committed to providing practice-focused and professionally oriented education to students. The Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences is a recognised centre of excellence, with an international reputation for the quality of its research and academic work across sport and health sciences. https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/

EASM is a key project dissemination partner. EASM provides a platform for networking, knowledge creation and dissemination through a wide international network of experts & organisations in the field of sport management easm.net

The  University of Strasbourg will lead a key work programme linked to identifying good and best practices in developing employability within the Sport management discipline. The University of Strasbourg has a strong reputation for the delivery of programmes and research in Sport.


KU Leuven will be one of our higher education partners. As one of Europe’s oldest universities, KU Leuven boasts a long tradition of ground-breaking research & high-quality education. They will lead the policy recommendations for the project. kuleuven.be/kuleuven/

The Lithuanian Sport University  is a specialised higher education institution that has developed its unique traditions in sport, leisure and health sciences and will lead a key work programme ensuring quality management of the project.https://www.lsu.lt

Brunel University London in West London is a dynamic Institution with over 12,500 students and over 1,300 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence.  With a turnover of more than £200 million, the University is a Higher Education and research establishment with considerable intellectual, financial and social resources and makes a major contribution to the economy and community of the West London region. It also plays a significant role in the higher education scene nationally and has numerous national and international links and partnerships with both academia and industry. Brunel University London has climbed 14 places in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and is now placed in the top third of universities worldwide. Brunel prides itself on its multicultural environment and has gained countless benefits from having staff and students from over 113 different countries contributing to both its academic and social environment. The university holds a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award for its commitment to supporting its researchers. Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of managing EU projects, Brunel was involved in 120 projects within FP7 with a cumulative value of over 37 Million Euros, and has been successful with over 60 Horizon 2020 proposals to the value of 30 million Euros, of which it is leading and coordinating 9 projects. The Department of Life sciences where Dr Girginov is based, is amongst the top 5 in the UK for research excellence and has a track record in successfully delivering major research projects commissioned by research councils and other agencies

Hanze University of applied sciences has built up a reputation of being truly international. Its degree programmes prepare students for a professional career in an increasingly international environment. Students from all over the world are enrolled in numerous international programmes, taught in English, Dutch and German. Hanze UAS actively participates in projects aimed at supporting higher education institutions abroad with the enhancement of their curricula and the strengthening of their institutional capacity. In addition, the university has a strong focus on the field of Energy and the field Healthy Ageing, resulting in various projects and programme tracks that focus on these themes. Last but not least, the university also has a strong focus on entrepreneurship. Students are strongly encouraged and facilitated to work on developing their entrepreneurial skills by, for instance, setting up their own company as part of the curriculum. The School of Sports Studies is one of the Schools of Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS). Studying at the School of Sports Studies means studying a combination of practice and theory. The students, approximately 1500, come in contact with as many different professional areas as possible from day one by working during their studies on assignments which have a professional focus. This allows students to develop a good idea of what is involved in professional practice during their studies.

The National Sports Academy (NSA) is a specialized higher education institution in the Bulgarian university system with more than 75 years of history. NSA is the only university fully specialized in providing sports education and science in Bulgaria and one of the few sports universities in Europe. The higher school has achieved highest score of the accreditation by the National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of the Republic of Bulgaria and holds the leading position in the ranking system of university structures in the field of sports education. The education and training are in full compliance with the principles of the Bologna Process and the instruments for comparability and transparency used in the European Higher Education Area. In the course of its existence and with the accumulation of educational and research experience there appeared a need for even closer cooperation between on one hand sports and sports education and science, on the other hand. On this basis, study programmes and curriculum are gradually developed that have been united in three faculties: Faculty of Sport, Faculty of Pedagogy (Physical Education teachers training) and Faculty of Public Health, Healthcare and Tourism. The Academy offers educational programs in more than 60 sports, physical education, leisure and recreational activities, and sport management at Bachelor (four years of study), Master (one or two years of study) and PhD degree. Research activities are administered and managed by the Center for scientific and applied activities in sport and the main research units within the departments. Students’ career development and employability is supported by the Center for Career Development which is part of the NSA structure. Since the first year of their study students are actively involved in various project, volunteering, coaching, and research activities. During the course of their study they are also able both to continue their active athlete career by competing for and to engage in curricula and extra curricula practical training within the university multisport club, comprising over 30 sports.

NSA is also the only educational establishment in the country recognised by the state to deliver accredited sport management programmes for undergraduate (4-year Bachelor’s degree) and graduate (1-year Master’s Degree) students. The sport management programme at Master level is offered in three forms of study: full-time, part-time, and distance learning. In addition, the Center for Postgraduate Qualification provides educational and training courses in sport management for postgraduate students and acting sport managers who obtain a certificate of professional qualification.

Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA has been awarded chartered status by the Privy Council, which came into effect at the start of January 2012. CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector. The Institute holds two long term strategic priorities; to provide opportunities for young leaders to develop and succeed. Secondly to provide leadership on the development and management of career pathways. The vision statement of the Institute is: “To develop a vibrant, UK wide sport and physical activity sector, led by professionals providing advocacy and leadership and working in partnership with its stakeholders to help ensure the highest standards of service delivery.” https://www.cimspa.co.uk

The European Observatoire of Sport and Employment  EOSE is a non-profit organisation and European association working with members & partners to develop the sport & physical activity workforce. They will lead the project field research http://eose.org

GlobalSportsJobs is the leading specialist digital media and talent acquisition platform for the international sports industry. It offers active, passive and industry-curious job-seekers the latest career opportunities from around the globe, from entry-level to senior management positions. The company operates across all sports industry sectors and functions, providing digital solutions to help organisations showcase their employer branding and source a greater quality and diversity of talent. It is helping further professionalise, inspire and educate the industry by publishing original and engaging market insights. GlobalSportsJobs works with over 1,000 clients, reaching an audience of 1.2 million professionals from both within and outside the sports industry. In 2017, the company advertised over 5,500 jobs that have attracted more than one million views. With 4 language platforms in English, German, French and Chinese, supported by 15 social media channels, GlobalSportsJobs provides access to an increasingly diverse and quality candidate base. Through its global network of affiliate partners, career opportunities can be advertised to niche communities and targeted audiences. https://www.globalsportsjobs.com

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