The European Federation for Company Sport has launched its latest European project, Erasmus+, in Paris on the 4th of February 2020. This project will gather 10 partners from over Europe to offer concrete solutions to the creation of a European-wide certification on health, wellness, physical activity in the workplace.
Partners were invited at INSEP, high level performance training centre for French Athletes. After a guided tour of the facilities, partners participated in their first meeting.
Active Workplace Certification officially kicks off
The WAC project, for Workplace Active Certification, is a two-year project which follows the path of a previous Erasmus+ Project, EMoCS – European Meeting of Company Sport. The EMoCS project showed the need for a unique certification for companies to promote their initiatives towards wellbeing, wellness, health with regards to physical activity.
The WAC project kick-offs where EMoCS left off. WAC will today work on the creation of the certification. A first draft and test version will be launched during the 2020 European Week of Sport. After the evaluation process, the certification will officially be launched during the 2021 European Week of Sport. The first applicants will be evaluated in 2022 for an official certification award during the 2022 European Week of Sport.
The role of the European Federation for Company Sport
As project leader, the EFCS, will overview the whole project and the specific tasks alocated to partners such as:
- research, diagnose, analyse good practices and the fields of the project to come up with an up-to-date state of the art report;
- define the different steps and organisation of the certification process, establish official national contact points all over Europe and to coordinate the general strategy of the process;
- define the certification criteria, build a method to select applications and to propose the final version of the certification with regards to the pilot phase;
- elaborate self-evaluation tools and processes for applicants, build a training programme and content for auditors and define quality controls;
- establish a programme and matrix for the pilot tests, identify the companies and evaluate the pilot test;
- support the intellectual outputs and certification overall by implementing strategic event actions;
- support the certification and its legacy and sustainability towards companies all over Europe.
The venue: INSEP, Paris
INSEP is a benchmark Olympic and Paralympic training and preparation centre for international athletes in France. INSEP’s main purpose is to support elite athletes and their coaching staff, primarily by providing them with the highest quality sports facilities and equipment. 50% of France’s Olympic medals are won by athletes who train at INSEP.