We would like to let you know about an exciting new funding opportunity within the Erasmus+ programme. This has come about through Sport Ireland’s relationship with Léargas, who were recently appointed as the National Agency for Erasmus+ Sport. Until now the entire Sport Action of Erasmus+ has been centralised and managed by the European Commission in Brussels. From 2023, the mobility action will be de-centralised to National Agencies and there will be mobility opportunities for people involved in sport and physical activity as volunteers, trainers and coaches at grassroots level.
The general objective of this new funding is to give an opportunity to staff and volunteers in sport organisations, primarily in grassroots sports, to gain new skills by traveling abroad within Europe and gain new skills by spending time with a European partner.
Types of activities the fund covers:
- Job Shadowing: Learning new practices and gathering new ideas through observation and interaction with peers, coaches, volunteers or other staff members in their daily work at the hosting organisation (2 days up to 14 days).
- Coaching or training assignments: Participants can spend from 15 day up to 60 days coaching or providing training at a hosting organisation in another country, as a way to learn through completing their tasks and exchanging with peers.
What does the funding cover:
- Organisational Support – preparing and managing all phases of the project
- Travel – return travel costs from participants’ homes to the venue of the activity (for example, where they will work or attend a course)
- Individual Support – ‘subsistence’ costs of participants (for example, food and accommodation)
- Inclusion support – additional funding to enable people with fewer opportunities to take part
- Preparatory visits – for visits to hosting organisations before the ‘mobility period’ takes place
- Linguistic support – for language learning materials and training, where needed
- Exceptional costs – Such as costs for providing a financial guarantee, if the National Agency asks for it; or expensive travel costs (for example, when a participant is travelling to or from a very remote place).
You can also find more information about Erasmus+ Sport on the Léargas Website