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Under the new EU Sport Work Programme the first Expert Group for Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport took place in Bath, UK on 21-22 February. The Group comprises experts from the Member States and invited observers and speakers to contribute to the topics of the meeting. There was an update from the European Commission on recent policy developments in the area of sport and presentation of the outcomes of the previous Expert Group on Human Resources Development in Sport which included the use of sport and active qualifications in national qualification frameworks, developments in dual careers, and the outcomes from the Estonian Presidency of the development of coaching qualifications.

It was also an opportunity for EuropeActive to present the development of the SIQAF project and in particular the way that fitness and outdoor qualifications can be harmonised with national qualification frameworks to help ensure consistency. The active leisure “pathway” for qualification development and implementation was described in detail to highlight the progress that has been made and the outline proposal that will be made to DG Employment later this year. The recommendations will then be considered by the EQF Advisory Group.

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The second meeting of the European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” took place in Split 11-12 July.

Fitness is the largest participant sport. The sector serves nearly 60 million consumers, generates 26.6 billion Euro in revenues, employs 650,000 people, and consists of 59,055 facilities.