The Training and Education Portal is a 36-month project (2016-18) that is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+, the International Rugby League and the ERL. Its €723.000 budget is the largest single investment in capacity building in northern hemisphere rugby league history.
ERL Education provides a modular training, education and qualification framework, using transnational mobility, mentoring, multi-directional learning and innovative eLearning systems in addition to the dissemination of best practice in sport governance so vital in providing the participating organisations with a solid foundation on which to grow sustainably and efficiently.
The TEP incorporates many features of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes as it seeks to support the sport’s volunteer-driven governing bodies, offering local personnel high quality vocational training, continuing professional development and a repository of resources and materials.
Leading British clubs Leeds Rhinos and St Helens have also partnered with the project to foster ongoing learning relationships, bridge the gap between grassroots sports volunteers and sector employers, and to examine dual career athlete guidelines from additional angles. The tenets of the project support the EU Work Plan for Sport, in particular the key topic sport and society.