FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS and EOSE meeting
FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor, Alejandro Vaquera of UNIVERSITAS and Alan Richardson of the FIBA Europe Referee department during the meeting

The FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS team and the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment (EOSE) came together for the first time ever in Munich, Germany this week.

The meeting at the headquarters of FIBA Europe in the Bavarian capital, consisted of updates from both organisations and a discussion concerning future working cooperation and planning strategies.

In attendance were FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin, FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor, Alejandro Vaquera of UNIVERSITAS and Alan Richardson from the FIBA Europe Referee Department.

Aurelien Favre, Ben Gittus and Matthias Guett represented EOSE.

"This was very positive and a stepping stone for the realisation of the long-term goals of UNIVERSITAS," commented Miguel Betancor.

"FIBA Europe is very keen to enlist the support of the EOSE in developing the wide, inclusive programmes proposed by the FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS project."

Topics such as Life Long Learning, Technical Standards, Volunteers, Social Inclusion and Basketball Research were discussed.

FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS and EOSE meeting
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin (third from right) with the UNIVERSITAS and EOSE representatives

It was agreed that EOSE would propose to FIBA Europe an initial project focussing on Research in Basketball, Social Networking and Technical Standards. The two parties will meet again in early 2012.

"We were very happy to meet with FIBA Europe about our future collaboration in the UNIVERSITAS project," said Aurelien Favre, EOSE Executive Director.

"EOSE is pleased to contribute to the development of education and training for basketball in Europe, and the increased profile of basketball at the European level. The future work between our organisations will provide a real opportunity to develop the coaches, officials and others who work in basketball through a focus on research and standards development.

"There is a clear alignment of the objectives of the European Union, EOSE and FIBA Europe around mobility, social inclusion and innovation. EOSE believes this working relationship can be beneficial to both organisations and the development of basketball in Europe," he concluded.


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