In 2016, Europe was characterised by 6.3 million young people who were neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs) (European Commission, n.d.). But despite these high levels of youth unemployment, employers face difficulties in filling all vacancies. In this context, they often refer to a lack of soft skills (CBI, 2011). Sport is consequently regarded as a suitable response to this challenge as it is expected to develop these skills (e.g. Coalter, 2015). Within the growing field of sport for development - and more in particular Sport for Employability -, there exist widespread claims that relate to the soft skills which they supposedly develop. But measuring these claims raises two issues. First, there exists a lack of robust evaluation in the field of Sport for Development (e.g. Hermens, Super, Verkooijen & Koelen, 2017). Second, only a limited amount of research focuses on the area of Sport for Employability (Schulenkorf, Sherry & Rowe, 2016). Given this lack of clarity, we can therefore call into question if these sport for employability programmes have clear objectives to work towards or are rather characterised by “ill-defined interventions with hard to follow outcomes”. For this, a case study research was conducted at a Sport for Employability initiative located in Flanders. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews with programme providers and coaches. The findings will be presented during the presentation at the EASS conference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract Book EASS
PublisherEuropean Association for Sociology of Sport
Number of pages127
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019
EventEuropean Association for Sociology of Sport Conference - University of South-Eastern Norway, Bø, Norway
Duration: 3 Jun 20196 Jun 2019
Conference number: 16


ConferenceEuropean Association for Sociology of Sport Conference

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