SkillsActive is a membership organisation for employers in the sport and active leisure sector (not-for-profit sport, professional sport and active leisure).

Being recognised by Government as the voice for the sector, SkillsActive was formally licensed as the Sector Skills Council for Sport and Recreation, Health and Fitness, Playwork, the Outdoors and the Caravan Industries, in October 2003. Since then, they have been working with employers, through their regional and home country networks, to address the skills and training needs of those working in the sector.

SkillsActive gives employers the opportunity to take the lead in establishing standards and best practice across the sector in terms of training and qualifications, and to influence Government and its agencies in decision making in matters that affect them.

Membership to SkillsActive is open to employers from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Because of the organisation of the social dialogue in United Kingdom, SkillsActive has a particular position. In the UK, the social dialogue only exists as a local regulation most of the time at the company level. For this reason, SKillsActive was not created firstly to be an employer organisation recognised as a social partner. It was created in 1994, in order to gather all the interests of companies involved in the sport sector to make lobbying by the public power. But SKillsActive has just changed its statutes in order to be recognised as a social partner, so that it can be a member of EASE, and over all an actor of social dialogue at European level.

In fact, in the United Kingdom, the social dialogue has not the same signification as the one in the other countries involved in EASE. The English system is based on the discussion at local level, between representatives of the employers and the workers. In the sport sector in particular, there is absolutely no regulation at national level. So, the conception of social dialogue defined by the European Commission is a revolution for the English actors. For this reason, EASE and the European level represent an opportunity to carry changes in the organisation of the social dialogue in the UK in the sport sector. SkillsActive recently decided to settle a social dialogue group in its new structure, in order to start a new method of negotiation with the trade unions. The European level is perceived as an opportunity that can benefit to structure the national level of social discussions.

Database social partners

Database of the employer and employee organisations in the EU25 (as of 31.12.2006)

Statement on EU social dialogue in the sport sector, 12th Dec. 2012

EASE and UNI Europa Sport, the social partners in the European sport sector, concluded the first meeting of a two year test phase for a European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee today in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Jean-Paul Tricart, the head of the European Commission's social dialogue unit. More...

Commission's Communication on Sport, Jan. 2011

The European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “Developing the European Dimension in Sport” on 18th January 2011 that flows from the European Union new role under the Lisbon Treaty to support and coordinate sport policy measures taken by Member States.
The Commission confirms its support to the EU social partners and announces the launching in 2012 of a test phase of 2 years of the ESSDC for sports and active leisure.
EASE issued a Common position on the article on EU social dialogue.