The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is pleased to announce that its initiative for a Global Learning and Development Framework (GLDF), launched in April 2020, has moved into its next phase with a project kick-off meeting “GLDF4CleanSport” funded by Erasmus+ from the European Union (EU) on October 18-19. The meeting, organized by Austria’s National Anti-Doping Agency in Vienna, was chaired by the European Sport and Employment Observatory (EOSE), which is leading the project.
Due to the relevance and initial success of the GLDF and associated training specific to Anti-Doping Practitioners, EOSE, WADA and seven Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) were successful in securing Erasmus+ funding of EUR 400,000 to further develop the GLDF.
“The EU-funded GLDF4CleanSport project supports WADA’s ambition to make anti-doping a recognized profession,” said Katrien Daelman, Senior Manager, Capability Programs, Education, ‘AMA. This collaborative project and associated funding will enable the AMA to continue its work developing the GLDF for new practitioner roles and will inform future strategies for learning and development opportunities. -development. We are delighted to work with EOSE again and partner with the seven ADOs to continue investing in the people who work hard every day to help keep the sport clean. »
The GLDF initiative supports the “Increasing Impact” priority of WADA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024, which calls for WADA to “develop training programs and qualification standards for anti-corruption professionals. doping to improve professionalism and build the capacity of anti-doping personnel”. The initiative went through a pilot phase that facilitated the development of role-specific training for six roles, as well as a set of professional standards, approved by the AMA’s Education Committee and published in June 2022.
“We are delighted to start working with specialist clean sports organizations on this ambitious EU-funded project whose main aim is to improve the skills and abilities of paid and voluntary anti-doping staff in Europe and around the world. , said Aurélien Favre, Executive Director of EOSE. It is an honor for EOSE to act as a coordinator of WADA’s technical leadership and high-level partnership, and to implement the EOSE 7-step model in an area of great importance to the sector of sports. We have no doubt that the project will be successful and the innovative results will be used and maintained after the end of the funding period. The kick-off meeting was successful with a high level of motivation and commitment from all partner involved in the initiative.
About GLDF4CleanSport and its partners
The main goals of GLDF4CleanSport are:
- Research the size, nature and work of anti-doping personnel;
- Create a functional map of the global anti-doping system;
- Develop professional standards for four targeted anti-doping roles (Testing Official/Manager; Compliance Coordinator; Major Event Organization Official/Manager; and Government Official/Advisor);
- Develop competency-based curriculum and blended learning modules for each target role, and run a series of pilot training seminars; and
- Develop innovative online tools for anti-doping practitioners to assess their training needs and to enable organizations to assess the quality of their current training.
GLDF4CleanSport partners are:
- European Sport and Employment Observatory (EOSE)
- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
- Anti-Doping Denmark (ADD)
- Netherlands Anti-Doping Authority
- French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD)
- Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA Austria)
- Polish Anti-Doping Agency (POLADA)
- World Athletics