EU Sport Forum - Dialogue with relevant European stakeholders
On 9-10 March, the Hague will give home to the EU Sport Forum, the main platform for dialogue between the EU and relevant European sport stakeholders. Organised by the Dutch EU Presidency and the European Commission, the event will gather around 300 leading representatives from the sport movement, such as international, European or national federations, Olympic committees and sports umbrella organisations.
As the leading voluntary sports organisations in Europe, ENGSO has a well-deserved place at the event that will be organised into six sessions.
Erasmus+ Sport Infoday - Registration is now open
The European Commission in co-operation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) organises the Sport Infoday on 3 March 2016. The event will inform potential applicants about the Erasmus+ Sport Chapter, focusing on its policy background, funding opportunities as well as advices and tips on preparing and submitting proposals.
Our member organisations are invited to contact us in any matters, such as applying for Erasmus+ or finding partners, under email@example.com.
High-Level Group on Grassroots Sport holds second meeting
The European Commission set up High-Level Groups (HGL) on Grassroots Sport and Sport Diplomacy under the political leadership of Commissioner Navracsics during this summer. ENGSO's representatives, President Carlos Cardoso and Treasurer Karin Mattson-Weijber were chosen into both Groups.
European Parliament Plenary Session, 18-24 January 2016
Source: European Parliament
Source: European Parliament
From 18 to 21 January, the first Plenary Session is taking place at the European Parliament. MEPs will debate over Dutch Presidency priorities, the role of intercultural dialogue in promoting EU fundamental values, and skills policies for fighting youth unemployment.
The European Parliament Committee on Women's Right and Gender Equality also holds a meeting, namely on Monday, having on the agenda new strategy for gender equality and women's right post 2015 and the situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU.
European Commission's "sport events" in 2016
In 2016, the European Commission will organise two important events in the field of sports: the Sport Infoday and the European Week of Sport (#EWoS).
New Year - New EU Presidency
In 2016 the Netherlands will hold the Presidency for the 12th time. As EU Presidency holder, the Netherlands' guiding principles are a Union that focuses on the essentials, a Union that focuses on growth and jobs through innovation, and a Union that connects policy with citizens and civil society.
Read more on the EU Presidency website
Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council's discussions on 23-24 November 2015
The current migratory and refugee crisis was a common theme to Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council's discussions on 23-24 November 2015. All configurations addressed migration related issues.
Minister Schneider declared: "Sport can be and is indeed an important vector to integrate people, especially disadvantaged young people, in today's society. The exchange of best practices in this domain can help giving young people a chance of moving on".
Save the Date - ENGSO General Assembly on 13-15 May 2015 in Vilnius Lithuania
Dear ENGSO Members and partners,
ENGSO has the pleasure to announce that the 24th ENGSO General Assembly will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 13-15 May 2016, hosted by the Lithuanian Union of Sport Federations. At the same occasion, the ENGSO Youth Assembly and ENGSO EU Seminar will also be organised.
ENGSO warmly welcomes its member organisations and partners to Vilnius and kindly asks them to save the date. Additional information on the event and registration will be sent later on. This information will also be published on our website.
We look forward to welcoming you to Vilnius in May!
Carlos Cardoso Helena Carlsson
ENGSO President ENGSO Secretary General
ENGSO Newsletter September Published
ENGSO Forum 2015: Informative and Inspiring
Prior to the Forum, the ENGSO EU Funding Seminar was organised. Experts guided the participants through the labyrinth of EU programmes, call for proposals and application forms. We also invited the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission to help maximising the chances of our sport organisations in applying for EU grants.
In order to set a good example in activating citizens, ENGSO Youth provided for activities in the breaks of the Forum, ensuring a great atmosphere. In addition, ENGSO offered sport activities on Saturday afternoon, when ENGSO Forum participants and the public could also join.
We have not only set a good example in activating citizens, but also in contributing to the inclusion of refugees. Our presents and give-aways were specially made for ENGSO by the Spiral Foundation ONLUS, an initiative that recycles scrap material while generating work allowing refugees to start a new life.
Next to widening the participants& knowledge, the Forum also provided a platform for interaction and exchange among ENGSO member organisations, partners and decision-makers, giving an informative and inspiring atmosphere to the event.
What ENGSO is going to do at the European Week of Sport?
The European Week of Sport is approaching and ENGSO's team is working with full commitment to prepare the last bits of ENGSO's activities. Here is an overview what we are going to do.
ENGSO won place in the European Commission's High Level Groups
The European Commission has decided to set up High Level Groups on Grassroots Sport and Sport Diplomacy under the political leadership of Commissioner Navracsics. ENGSO is happy to announce that ENGSO President Carlos Cardoso will be a member of the High Level Group on Grassroots Sport. In addition, ENGSO Treasurer Karin Mattsson-Weijber will represent ENGSO in the High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy.
How can Europe benefit from the economic value of sport?
Sport is an important growing economic sector in the EU with a share of total employment being 3.51%. However, grassroots sport and voluntary sports organisations rely on funding. In order to help sports organisations to get financial support, ENGSO is organising a seminar in September on EU funding possibilities.
Europe, come and meet us!
The involvement of youth at ENGSO Forum
ENGSO has always aspired after giving youth a real say in sport and involving them in its activities. That is why we established ENGSO Youth, our youth organisation in 2000. We have the same aspiration in connection with the European Week of Sport (EWoS) and our ENGSO Forum. Here are some examples how we involve young people in our activities before and during the Forum with the contribution of ENGSO Youth.
ENGSO Forum – The Role of Sport Clubs in Changing Society in Future
This year's ENGSO Forum is something special: we organise it within the framework of the first-ever European Week of Sport (EWoS). More than that, it is accompanied by an EU Funding Seminar, providing information on funding possibilities exclusively for sports organisations.
Unfortunately, participation in sport, especially in sport clubs, is stagnating or even declining in Europe. And we, the sport movement need to react to this phenomenon of epidemic inactivity. How? That is what our ENGSO Forum is all about!
Registration for ENGSO Forum is OPEN!
Within the framework of the European Week of Sport, ENGSO organises its annual forum to widen participants' knowledge on EU funding possibilities, and initiate a discussion about the role of sport clubs in the future.
Strategies and approaches how sport clubs can accommodate to changing societies and can activate citizens will be presented. In order to set a good example, sport activities will also be offered. Our Forum, bringing together decision-makers, experts and stakeholders, is a good networking opportunity.
Launch of ENGSO Communication Campaign to #BeActive
The first European Week of Sport (EWoS) runs from 7 to 13 September in Brussels, within the framework of which the ENGSO Forum will also be organised with the theme "Role of Sport Clubs in Changing Societies in Future". As the communication campaign of the Week is focusing on sport clubs this week, it is time for us to launch our campaign now!
Introducing new ENGSO Committee Member and ENGSO Youth Chair Paolo Emilio Adami
Although Paolo Emilio Adami is a young man, taking part in ENGSO Executive Committee as ENGSO Youth Chair, he has already a successful career behind him. For example, apart from completing his specialty as Sport Medicine Specialist Summa cum Laude at Sapienza University of Rome, he has been Honorary Clinical and Research Fellow at St. George's Hospital in London and at the moment he is Head of the Sports Medicine Department at Al Attar for Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Clinic in Doha. His success lies in his passion, passion for movement, as movement is life for him. He has done every kind of sport he could, and he has been a committed volunteer in ENGSO since 2009.
"My commitment, indeed, will be towards strengthening ENGSO Youth, both structurally and financially. Making it possible to have longer-term strategies and plans, despite all the economical difficulties we face as a volunteer-based sport and youth organisation. I will also dedicate myself to re-engaging the less active Member Organisations of ENGSO Youth."
Introducing new ENGSO Committee Member Natasa Jankovic
Natasa Jankovic has always been a determined sportswoman, who is currently Director of the Foundation of Sports and Olympism within the National Olympic Committee of Serbia. She is an experienced specialist in volunteering and a strong-minded women continuing Mr. Predrag Manojlovic's legacy when it comes to ENGSO.
"I would love to see ENGSO as main bridge building organisation when it comes to exchange of knowledge and information on one hand and discussion and lobbying on current sport political issues on the other hand."
Introducing new ENGSO Committee Member Agne Vanagiene
Agne Vanagiene is a former swimmer and orienteering runner, the Secretary General of the Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations, an energetic and committed women who would like to see ENGSO as an organisation that is financially sustainable, offering more opportunities to its members and an even stronger sport voice in Europe.
Introducing the new Vice-President of ENGSO: Jan Holze
In ENGSO, Jan Holze's name sounds familiar, as he has been the Chair of ENGSO Youth for more than ten years. As Vice-President, he would like to support ENGSO with his experience he gained throughout the years.
"ENGSO is somehow unique in its way to work for grassroots sports. I would like to support this in the future."
Introducing the new President of ENGSO, Carlos Paula Cardoso
Carlos Paula Cardoso: a passionate sportsman, a sprinter, a Physicist, the President of the Portuguese Sports Confederation, the President of ENGSO and many more - his thrilling confession about sports, his life and his role in ENGSO.
"ENGSO is not what the ENGSO Executive Committee (ExCom) wants it to be or even what the President wants it to be, ENGSO has to be what all its Members want it to be. So my main goal is to get all our members really involved in our work and make ENGSO a "HOUSE" of discussions about the best interests for the development of all areas of sport. "
ENGSO partners sign partnership agreement in support of the European Week of Sport
On 2 June 2015, the communication campaign of the European Week of Sport (EWoS), the #BeActive campaign, was launched in Brussels. In the framework of the event, ENGSO partners, namely the European Lotteries and the European University Sports Association, signed a partnership agreement with the European Commission in support of the Week.
http://www.score-coaching.euSCORE Steering Committee meets in Brussels
"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" – SCORE is a European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme and led by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO).
SCORE promotes gender equality in coaching, and focuses on increasing the number of employed and volunteer female coaches at all levels of sport as well as enhancing knowledge on gender equality in coach education. The SCORE project is a two-year project and will be finalised by the end of 2016.
The Steering Committee of SCORE project met in Brussels on 19 May 2015. The main aim of the meeting was to agree on the one hand on the content of the SCORE toolkit "Awareness Pack", and on the other hand on the draft programme for the Education for Mentors.
ENGSO EU Seminar and Sport for All Session in Lisbon Prior to the General Assembly
Prior to the 23rd ENGSO General Assembly, ENGSO organised two seminars in Lisbon at the Portuguese Sports Museum on 29 April 2015. Next to the traditional ENGSO EU Seminar with some updates on the European sports policy, a Sport for All session was also organised focusing on the European Week of Sport.
Among the presenters, representatives from the European Commission, the European Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), the Lisbon University, the Portugese Swimming Federation and ENSGO were present.
Carlos Cardoso Elected as New ENGSO President
The 23rd ENGSO General Assembly organised in Lisbon on 29-30 April 2015 elected Professor Carlos Cardoso, President of the Portuguese Sports Confederation, as new President of ENGSO.
SCforH Project Successfully Kicked Off in Helsinki
SCforH (Promoting National Implementation for Sports Club for Health Programmes in EU Member States) project, led by the Finnish Sports Confederation (Valo), had its kickoff meeting in Helsinki on 13-14 April 2015. ENGSO is a partner of the project, supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme. The project aims are to raise awareness on the SCforH project among different stakeholders, to raise general awareness on the theme of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) and sports clubs, to update SCforH guidelines, and to make practical tools available for use by sport federations and clubs.
First edition of ENGSO Newsletter in 2015, published on 27 March
News on the European sport policy developments and updates from ENGSO, its member organisations and their various undertakings.
Promoting national implementation for Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programmes in EU member states
In their call of 2014, European Commission's Erasmus+ Sport programme granted financing to the project: "Promoting national implementation for Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programmes in EU member states". This project is based on SCforH project, 2009-2011, which was supported by the EU Preliminary Actions for Sport 2009, and has two main objectives: 1) expert evaluation of previous efforts, and efficacy in the implementation of SCforH programmes and guidelines, and 2) promoting national implementation of SCforH guidelines at both grassroots and governmental levels.
FIRST CALLING NOTICE ENGSO GA 29-30 APRIL 2015
SCORE Project Successfully Kicked Off in Stockholm
SCORE ("Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality") project, led by ENGSO, had its kick-off meeting in Stockholm on 16-17 February 2015. The project promotes equal opportunities, namely gender equality in coaching, and focuses on increasing the number of employed and volunteer female coaches at all levels of sport as well as enhancing knowledge on gender equality in coach education.
ENGSO SCORE project kicks off in Stockholm, 16-17 February 2015
The European Lotteries Monitoring System (ELMS) goes Global!
23rd ENGSO General Assembly, Lisbon, Portugal, 29-30 April 2015
ENGSO has the pleasure to announce that the 23rd ENGSO General Assembly will take place in Lisbon on 29-30 April 2015, hosted by the Portuguese Sport Confederation. At the same occasion, the ENGSO Youth Assembly and ENGSO EU Seminar will also be organised.
11 February 2015 - Sport Infoday by European Commission and EACEA
ENGSO Youth Open-door Meeting on 20-21 December in Belgrade
In May 2015, ENGSO Youth Assembly will elect a new ENGSO Youth Committee for the period of 2015-2017.
ENGSO Youth is organising an open-door meeting on 20-21 December 2014 that will take place during the next ENGSO Youth Committee meeting.
ENGSO Youth Committee candidates will have the chance to have an insight into the Youth Committee's work. At the same time, it is a opportunity for participants to share their views on topics regarding youth role in European sport and receive information on European funding possibilities in the field of youth, sport and education.
ENGSO SCORE Project Selected for Erasmus+ Funding
"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" or simply SCORE is the title of the new ENGSO project which has now been selected for funding from the Erasmus+ Sport Programme.
ENGSO Signs a Partnership Agreement on the European Week of Sport at the EU Sport Forum
The annual EU Sport Forum, organised by the Italian Presidency and the European Commission, took place in Milan on 1-2 December. The event gathered around 300 stakeholders from the sport organisations and institution in Europe. This year the event was organised around seven sessions.
ENGSO Meets Tibor Navracsics, the New Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at the EU Sport Forum
In the framework of the annual EU Sport Forum, taking place in Milan today and tomorrow, the new EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics had bilateral meetings with three European sport organisations. The first of these meetings was with ENGSO to hear the voice of grassroots sport and to exchange views on the societal role of sport.
European Ministers responsible for sport meet in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council today in Brussels
The Council of the EU is an essential EU decision-maker, meeting in different configurations, depending on the subject discussed. Today afternoon in Brussels, European ministers responsible for sport meet in the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS). Under Italian chairmanship and with the participation of the new Commissioner responsible for sport Tibor Navracsics, the ministers will adopt a conclusion on sport as a driver of innovation and economic growth. In addition, they will have a policy debate on sport and physical activity at school age.
EWS network meeting in London
The European Women and Sport (EWS), a freestanding group promoting gender equality in sports organisations, is holding its meeting on 21-22 November 2014 in London, UK, where ENGSO Executive Committee Member Sallie Barker is also present.
ENGSO participates in the 43rd EOC General Assembly
The 43rd General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees is taking place today and tommorrow (21-22 November 2014) in Baku, Azerbaijan. ENGSO President Birgitta Kervinen, ENGSO Secretary General Helena Carlsson and ENGSO Sports Policy Director Heidi Pekkola are attending the meeting. Furthermore, ENGSO Committee Member Lotte Büchert is participating in the meeting as a member of the delegation of the Danish Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sport.
A Revised Version of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide Published
The European Commission published a revised version of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, which concerns the participation of Partner Countries in the Collaborative Partnership in the field of Sport.
More information: here
17th ENGSO Forum Discusses Physical Education and Activities in Schools
Among others, these beliefs were behind the idea to organise this year's ENGSO Forum around the theme "physical education and activities in schools".
ENGSO EU Seminar kicks off the 17th ENGSO Forum
Informal Meeting of EU Sport Ministers
The informal meeting of EU Sport Ministers is taking place on 20-21 October 2014 in Rome.
The main items on the agenda are: sport as a tool for more inclusive society and financial fair play in football.
Erasmus+ Call for Proposals 2015 and Programme Guide have been published
International Seminar on Match-fixing: A Key Issue for Sports Integrity
ENGSO September Newsletter Published
In ENGSO September Newsletter, we provide you with development updates on European sport policy, such as the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sport Conpetitions, the new officials in the European institutions, the European Parliament Resolution on Youth Unemployment, and the European Week of Sport.
We also invite you to participate in our ENGSO Forum, which will take place on 27-29 October 2014 on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki. You still have a coulpe of days to register!
Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health
Today, 25 September 2014, is the plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health in Brussels.
ENGSO is a platform member that is active in the field of fight against childhood obesity and promoting health through physical activity.
We are pleased to invite you to attend the
17th ENGSO Forum
which will be held on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki on 27-29 October 2014.
This year's ENGSO Forum is organised under the theme:
"Physical education and activities in schools"
Public hearing of commissioner-candidates
The incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed his candidate commissioners, who will be scrutinised by the European Parliament from 29 September to 7 October. The Commissioner-candidate responsible for sport is the Hungarian Tibor Navracsics.
15 States Sign the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of the Sports Competitions
13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport took place in Magglingen, Switzerland on 18 September 2014.
In Memoriam: ENGSO Vice-President Predrag Manojlovic
It is with great sadness and tragic that we announce the unexpected death of Mr. Predrag Manojlovic, Vice-President and former Secretary General of ENGSO who passed away on short notice.
EOC EU Office press release: A new EU Commission disregarding sport?
EOC EU Office, 2014-09-10, Brussels - Jean-Claude Juncker has announced today the structure of the new EU Commission along with the names of the Commissioners-designate. None of the portfolios explicitly mentions sport. Until now, sport has been included in the Education, Culture, Youth and Multilingualism portfolio under the chair of Commissioner Vassiliou. M. Tibor Navracsics would now be in charge of this portfolio, entitled Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship.
All around Europe, countries are worried when it comes to youth employability. Combating youth unemployment should be a top priority to securing a positive future for young people.
One contribution is provided by a group of sport- and socio-cultural organizations, including ENGSO Youth.
FIRST CALLING NOTICE TO THE 17TH ENGSO FORUM
We are pleased to invite you to attend the
17th ENGSO Forum
which will be held from Monday to Wednesday, 27-29 October 2014 on a boat between Stockholm and Helsinki. This year's ENGSO Forum is organised under the theme"physical education and activities in schools".
Gender equality at the 2nd European Universities Games 2014
Next to the diverse sports programme, several side events accompany the Games. One of these is today's "Masterclass", discussing gender equality in sports with the participation of ENGSO Sports Policy Director Heidi Pekkola.
European Week of Sport: final report available
The European Commission organised a 'European Week of Sport - Preparing for the launch in 2015' conference on 11 June 2014 to introduce the potential elements for the implementation of this new initiative. The Commissioner responsible for sport, Androulla Vassiliou, who has been actively behind the idea, was present at the conference. In her speech, she stressed the need to get all stakeholders behind the initiative and that the event should aim at being more than only a communication campaign, although communication activities will play an important role in promoting the initiative. She also reminded those in attendance about the initial aim of the European Week of Sport, which is to get more Europeans physically active.
Online gambling: Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers
On 14 July 2014, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation on principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and the prevention of minors from gambling. The Recommendation encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services.
What national networks to fight against match-fixing? - Programme conclusions presented in Brussels
On 10 June 2014 in Brussels, IRIS presented the conclusions of its European project "What national networks to fight against match-fixing?". The project was sponsored by the European Commission, co-financed by the European State Lotteries and Toto Association, and conducted in partnership with SportAccord, Sport&Citizenship, the University of Salford and ENGSO.
ENGSO brochures are available on ENGSO website
The following ENGSO brochures are now available on ENGSO website under "Publications":
- Building Partnership to Create Effective Change, 2012
- Creating a Level Playing Field - Social Inclusion of Migrants and Ethic Minorities, 2012
- Social Inclusion in and through Sport, 2010
- Sport for and Active and Competitive Europe, 2009
- ENGSO Introduction, 2009
22nd ENGSO General Assembly takes place in Nice France on 16-17 May 2014
The 22nd ENGSO General Assembly, organised in Nice, France, on 16-17 May 2014, showcased an overview of ENGSO's activities in 2013 and early 2014 and gave an opportunity to member organisations to discuss future developments and strategic choices of ENGSO.
Photo: Egils Purins©
ENGSO EU Seminar gives an update on the European Sports Policy Developments
On 16 May 2014, the ENGSO EU Seminar was organised within the framework of the 22nd ENGSO General Assembly in Nice, informing participants about the recent developments at the European level.
The EU Seminar kicked off with an EU sport policy update presented by Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit of the European Commission, who emphasised the important strategic partnership between the Sport Unit and ENGSO.