Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme which aims to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Year by year since its initial introduction in 1987, the number of participants has increased in the Erasmus network. But it is the formation of the programme which combined all of EU’s schemes in 2014 that saw a huge boost for entrepreneurs and organizations. The Erasmus+ programme is currently in its second funding cycle, which runs from 2021 to 2027. The all-encompassing framework of the Erasmus+ funding programme has been very beneficial as it has seen a rise in new entrepreneurs and organizations inside the Erasmus+ network, also termed as the “Newcomers.” But who is a “Newcomer” in the Erasmus+ programme?
A “Newcomer” is any organization or public/private institution that has never before served as a partner or coordinator in a particular kind of action funded by the current Erasmus+ programme or its predecessor programme. This “Newcomer” organizations can be daycare centres to higher education institutions, from youth clubs to museums and from sport clubs to companies. This aforementioned “Newcomer” organization or institution joins the Erasmus+ network with the aim of expanding the organization’s activities in cooperation with local, national and international partners and implementing best practices within one’s own organization altogether. It is easier for a “Newcomer” organization or institution to join the network due to multiple opportunities of Erasmus+, share its knowledge across sectors, and advance its organizational objectives. The easiest way for a “Newcomer” organization to enter the Erasmus+ network is through a short-term Erasmus+ mobility project, a low-risk approach to test the Erasmus+ programme’s mobility initiatives. For a long-term alternative of its activities, the “Newcomer” can apply for Erasmus+ accreditation.
Although, what is mainly attracting the “Newcomer” organizations to Erasmus+ is the option to participate in a partnership for cooperation. This involves small-scale partnerships with a few partners encouraging the sharing of best practices. Cooperation partnership is another option for a “Newcomer,” which is often said to be an easy way to start for extended collaborations that result in concrete products like collaborative study guides and instructional resources. The cooperation partnerships allows the “Newcomer” organizations to increase the quality and relevance of their activities, develop and maintain their network and operate at a transnational level.
Cooperation partnerships, especially in the field of sport has gained additional importance from Erasmus+ as it has increased the financial support for sport projects that are designed to tackle societal and sport-related challenges, encouraging collaboration, exchange of practices and promoting non-formal learning. This added incentive has been a point of entry for many “Newcomer” organizations as the sport dimension through cooperation partnerships raises awareness of the role sport plays in diverse areas of everyday life.
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