Following the awarding by the European Commission of the project Move - MOvementValorizeEurope "New Competence for Trainers", the decision was to utilize a digital system to collect data and information on and inside the world of sport and above all, to initiate an open discussion with the key players from this world: sport coaches, athletes, sport managers and those who want to think over the range of argumentations, which is going to be proposed each time. Some reflections. We often tend to believe that the relationship with sport is only defined or definable by using “free time”. This has a foundation in truth because the concept of sport and wellness is anyhow included in the lifetime of freelance occupations, as well as of the productive activities as traditionally intended. But if this is true, in particular for those who “benefit” from sport as “users”, the questions that we ask in this research lead towards understanding even other aspects of the relation between life and time referring to work and sport. How many are involved in the “varied” world of Sport and among these, who has established a kind of relationship with it that goes beyond the use of “free time”? What sort of involvement do they have with it? How much time is dedicated to it, in order to make these activities possible? What is the social impact, and how much does it influence that world of intangible and tangible production of these activities? What skills and competences are needed to endorse these activities? Is it possible to define sport as an all-round “productive space”? What rights are or should be guaranteed, what official acknowledgements, what ways of enhancement that are reserved to those who perform in such a world, so that a larger band of people can practise sport or social activities related to it? Thanks to this tool, our task will be to start defining some of these issues by identifying criticalities that need for greater in-depth analysis, but that we want to make visible in as much as they are main strands to be investigated. This is because they look afresh and act as instigation when tackling a very wide and a more and more crucial topic in social relations and socialization of many people. Of course, given the magnitude of the topic and the significance of the numbers, this intends to be just a partial attempt, namely when we try to focus on some of these aspects. In particular, it is a vision that should be shared, above all, with political decision-makers and legislators who have the task to define those public policies, which should be even more focussed on a phenomenon that is neither marginal nor secondary in the scope of an idea of modern civil, healthy and democratic society.
Sport ethics and world of labour'. Various scopes intersect the world of sport as ethical values, such as team spirit, discipline, observation of rules; in the educational and pedagogical sphere sport represents – together with families and schools – the third educational pillar; the sphere of health and prevention offers various reasons of interest as far as e.g. the impact on healthcare expenditure is concerned; the relevant role that sport and related initiatives play across the territories in terms of territorial outreach and the realization of public initiatives (often across urban territories where sport is just the liaison with the sense of citizenship); sport activities dedicated to those disadvantaged categories who thanks to it, find a reason for making steps forward and for vital commitment; last but not least, the directly economic value is to be considered too (gyms, tools, world of fashion, courses funded by the regional governments, degree courses, master’s degree courses, professional qualification courses, etc.) and the potential inclusion in the world of work. We refer to approximately 2.7%-3% of the GDP (public works, tourism, transport, traditional media and innovative media, small and medium enterprises performing in manufacturing, organization of micro and macro events, etc.) as a contribution to the Italian economy deriving from the “varied world of sport”.
Sport Operator and/or Social Operator? Starting from the definition of those basic and strategic competences, which have been acquired (that we could define as both formal and informal) and which sport operators bring with them, our attempt is an initial narration, which renders the value of this “social and professional profile” visible, in terms of both the recognition of the role within the world of work and the social contribution as a whole. The online and paper questionnaire tool is included in a research path aiming at focussing on the profile of the Sport Operator in relation not to the specific technical know-how of the various sport and recreational subjects, rather to the transversal competences (communication, organization, relation, etc.) which are anyhow crucial and strategic for the positive outcome of the social function played by sport. So, the research aims to collect information about the “field” through the collaboration of a substantial number of professionals who by answering the questionnaire – with different tasks, in various sport sectors, with different groups of users - will result to be a key element of knowledge. The necessary condition at the basis of this work is that today and more and more in the future, the Sport Operator may represent a professional profile at the centre of various topics, such as education, social inclusion, socialization among peers, thus at the centre of delicate and extraordinarily important social processes.