Save the date: 2nd ENOSS Conference

The European Network of Sport Schools is delighted to announce: The 2nd ENOSS Conference will take place on 1-2 December 2021 in the form of a virtual event.

2019 marked the starting point for a European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS), with the first ever ENOSS Conference being held in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin and Schul- und Leistungssportzentrum Berlin. This conference united professionals from 16 European countries, spanning school managers, teachers, sport coaches, psychologists, counsellors, policy-makers, and delegates from the European Commission.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation of a conference in 2020 turned out not to be feasible. Now, with the conditions slowly improving, ENOSS is committed to reinforce its efforts to interconnect sport schools in Europe. In this regard, we are delighted to announce the 2nd ENOSS Conference on 2-3 December 2021.

Back on Track : New Ways

Without a doubt: The last 16 months have been a huge challenge. This counts for both talented athletes and practitioners. In the Corona crisis, sport schools were asked to come up with new strategies to navigate their systems through wild waters.

The ENOSS Conference 2021 will aim to help sport schools benefit from sharing the multifaceted innovationthat has been created across European sport schools in, and thanks to this difficult period. "Back on Track : New Ways" is the corresponding theme of the conference.

Given the variables accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the ENOSS Conference 2021 will take place online and be free of charge to make it possible for a maximum amount of European practitioners to join the event. Simultaneously, the organisors will strive to create a most interactive virtual conference to enable practitioners to meet, discuss and exchange expertise and experience - even in digital form.

In the next months, our website will gradually introduce you to more details of the ENOSS Conference 2021. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about the latest of the network.

This was the 1st ENOSS Conference

From 7-8 November 2019, the first ever ENOSS Conference entitled "The Next Step" was held in Berlin, Germany. Like-minded professionals in education and sport from 16 European countries followed the invitation of the ENOSS consortium to network and exchange best practice.

Day 1 of #enoss2019 was dedicated to the topic of health. International experts, namely Markus Flemming (SLZB, Germany), Andreas Hülsen (OSP Berlin, Germany), Laurent Carnol (LIHPS, Luxembourg) or Jürgen Dietrich/Andrea Stegmann/Claudius Schäfer (Brillat-Savarin Schule, Germany) shared multi-sided insights into their routine with talented athletes, spanning health-related dimensions such as sport psychology, dual career or nutrition.

Day 2, conducted in the spectacular location of the Olympic Stadium of Berlin, pursued the mission to initiate a European Network of Sport Schools. In his opening keynote, ENOSS co-initiator Wolfgang Stockinger (TWIN, Austria) emphasized the necessity of strategic European cooperation:

"The quality of services provided by sport schools in cooperation with policy makers and sport bodies is of vital importance for sustainable pathways of aspiring athletes, in amateur as well as in professional sports. A network like ENOSS can be an important catalyst for innovative dual career practice across borders."

Following, the international delegates concretized the requirements for the development of a European network in the form of expert work groups.

"The goals of this conference were exceeded. The instant success of this first-time-event makes clear that the timing for ENOSS is right, since EU sport policy is likely to keep focusing on the topic of dual career in the coming years."

ENOSS co-initiator Philipp Struwe (SLZB, Germany)

Thank you to all international delegates who made the 1st ENOSS Conference a big success! If you are interested in becoming a future member of ENOSS, please get in touch with us.


Making the next step: A European Network of Sport Schools

In the EU, the number of athletes in need of dual career support services adds up to more than 120.000 in every Olympic cycle. Within competitive systems, European sport schools play a crucial role in the development of athletic talent. For this reason, a German-Austrian consortium aims to foster the establishment of a European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS).

The quality of services of sport schools in cooperation with policy makers and sport bodies is of vital importance for the sustainable pathways of aspiring athletes, in amateur as well as in professional sports. In 25 out of the 28 EU member states, sport schools at secondary level offering specific dual career support to talented athletes can be found.

This means that this type of schools represent one main common ground of dual career delivery in the European Union. However, despite the history of sport schools in the EU, a specific network between these schools on European level does still not exist. Time for change, time for making the next step.

1st ENOSS Conference in Berlin

Initiated by the ENOSS co-creators Philipp Struwe (SLZB, Germany) and Wolfgang Stockinger (TW1N, Austria), and jointly organized by the SLZB, the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Families, and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, the first ever European Network of Sport Schools Conference will take place in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin, Germany. In the belief of the ENOSS consortium, systematizing the connections and learning arenas between sport schools will substantially contribute to improve service quality within these specific institutions, facilitate the mobility of both talented athletes and practitioners, and inspire the development of trans-national projects.

Registration for the ENOSS Conference 2019 is now open. The official conference programme can be downloaded here.