THE SPORT MANAGEMENT EDUCATION IN GREECE
There are five Departments of Physical Education & Sport in Greece that offer classes and degrees in Sport management (different names) and one Department that offers Sport Management. These are:
Athens University (Physical Education and Sport Science - classes in SM)
University of Thessaly (Physical Education and Sport Science - Outdoor Recreation Management major).
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Physical Education and Sport Science – Fitness Management).
Aristotle University of Serres (Physical Education and Sport Science - classes in SM)
Democritus University of Thrace, Komotini (Physical Education and Sport Science - Sport Tourism and Recreation Management major)
University of Peloponnese, Sparta (Sport Management)
THE LABOUR MARKET
Greece has the highest rate of unemployment in Europe the last 8 years. There is no statistical fact about unemployment in the sport industry and especially in Sport management. So, we must make the hypothesis that sport management unemployment is the same with persons who have a university degree.In general, the unemployment rate for graduated students is 16% (Research done in 2017).
Since 2010 about 800.000 Greek citizens have left the country to find better jobs in Europe, United States of America, Australia, Arabic countries and where ever there were opportunities. The majority of these people were with University Degrees and very highly skilled. This phenomenon in Greece is called “Brain Drain”.
According to the results of both the interviews and the questionnaires, three are the elements that seem to affect the future of the sport industry. Commercialization, globalization, and the information technology will play an important role on the development of the sport economy and will change the skills and the competences that sport managers should have. One of the findings that differentiate the Greek market form other European countries is the tourism industry and the jobs that arise because of sport tourism. According to the interviews, professionals with degrees in sport management have found jobs and there is a future opportunity in hotels with emphasis in sport tourism and event management. The respondents evaluated very high a) Ethical commitment, b) Desire to succeed, c) organizational skills, and d) Team work. On the other hand they did not give high value to legal planning, sport related legislation and stakeholder management. It is very important that the responders gave high value for the future skills a) digital marketing, b) information technology skills, c) sport tourism and d) capacity to learn. From the interviews the new findings are that for the future managers important skills are: communication, decision making, oral presentation, negotiation and conflict resolution. Another new finding from the interviews is that Greek sport managers should be: a) more oriented to European sport industry needs, b) adopt the goal setting process and c) accept a validation and certification system of Sport management professionals.
Finally, analyzes of all respondents’ answers according to the sector they currently work in took place. We should take into consideration that attempts were made, during the data collection, so that all four sectors would be accordingly represented. More specifically, managers of sports clubs represented the 23.5% of the sample. Managers of Organizations (such as sport federations) represented the 25% of the sample. Managers of the sport public sector were the 26.5% and private business owners/managers were the 23.5% of the total sample Managers of sport clubs (either non profit nor professional) did not statistically differently evaluate any of the future competences they believe they have. Professionals of Sports Organizations (especially those of National Federations) statistical differently evaluated the three following future competences desired by professionals: i) Teamwork, ii) Elite sports event management and iii) Sport tourism. Moreover, managers of Public sport sector higher than the rest evaluated Data management skills, as an important future competence for professional working in the sport management area. Managers of private business did not statistically differently evaluate any of the future competences they believe that professionals in sport management should have.
PROJECT TEAM / CONTACT INFO
The Greek project partner are sport management and sport tourism researchers from the Department of Physical Education & Sport, Democritus University of Thrace.
George Costa, Professor in Sport Tousirm (email@example.com)
Efi Tsitskari, Associate Professor in Sport Marketing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ourania Matsouka, Associate Professor in Sport Recreation (email@example.com)
Dimitris Gargalianos, Associate Professor in sport management (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Georgia Yfantidou, Assistant Professor in sport tourism (email@example.com)
Kostas Astrapellos, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org)