The European Sports NGO

ENGSO - European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation


We aspire to grassroots sport that promotes stronger communities, with the mission to represent, develop and advocate for voluntary-based sport in Europe.

to the website of ENGSO, the European Sports NGO and the leading voice for voluntary-based grassroots sport in Europe.

Together with our members, we form a platform for developing and exchanging ideas, and a diverse network of people that share a passion for sport.

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Stay up to date with what is happening in the field of sport at European level.

Our goal  is to continuously provide development updates on European sport policy and share information on the initiatives and activities of ENGSO's member organisations and partners.

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Our activities

ENGSO’s prospects and aspirations have always been relevant not only in the European arena as a whole, but in specific national, regional or local contexts. Even if the sporting systems have their own characteristics in every country, they have similar challenges due to the recent globalisation and internationalisation of sport.

ENGSO exists to be a proactive front-runner in the sports political field, a strong networking organisation for sport in Europe and a counterpart for European governmental institutions dealing directly or indirectly with sport. That is why ENGSO has been carrying out so many activities in the last decades. Apart from organising events, ENGSO has led and been partner in several EU projects to capture European sport issues facing today’s sports organisations. Next to active communication and dissemination of information, ENGSO has a leading role in representing grassroots sport to European Union institutions and the Council of Europe.

Fields of
Fields of activities

ENGSO's work aiming at building bridges is wide-ranging and linked to our mission to promote the interest of grassroots sports organisations in Europe.


ENGSO organises events to be an attractive network for exchange of knowledge and experience.


ENGSO develops and defends common positions on grassroots sports issues, makes the results of its projects available for free of charge, and publishes quarterly newsletter.


ENGSO projects capture European sport-for-all issues and seek for answers to common challenges facing today’s sports organisations.

Our network

As a strong networking organisation for sport in Europe, ENGSO and its Members build partnership with European institutions and leading players in sports policy. Interested in joining our network?

ENGSO Youth is at the forefront of youth sport advocacy at European level. ENGSO Youth actively works on current youth sport issues, for example healthy lifestyle, anti-discrimination, sustainable development, volunteering, youth employment.

ENGSO | Bridge building NGO

We create bridges

ENGSO’s vision is to be the leading voice of voluntary sports organisations in Europe.

ENGSO advocates for grassroots sport within European sports policy, raises awareness on the societal role of sport, and fights for equal opportunities for all Europeans to participate in sport in different roles and at different levels.

At the same time ENGSO shares knowledge and experience on European sport policy to its members and partners.

What does ENGSO stand for?

Stefan Bergh

ENGSO President

At ENGSO, the European Sports NGO, we believe in that sport and other types of physical activities have manifold positive impacts on individuals, communities and society at large. Being active has a myriad of health benefits, but sport being a part of the civil society, fosters inclusion, life-long learning and democracy as well. Guided by our values – democracy, equality, inclusion, sustainability, integrity and education –, we advocate for European policy that enables a thriving civil society of sport and the modernisation of the sports movement. The experience we have gained and the influence we have grown over the past decades gives us the authenticity to represent grassroots sport in the European sports political sphere in the most credible way.

Hansjörg Höltkemeier

European Lotteries President

Driven by their core values, society, integrity and precaution, EL and its Members have been for decades the traditional partners of grassroots sport in Europe and thereherefore, with ENGSO being the traditional association representing the grassroots sports movement in Europe, there is a natural link between our two associations. As part of our partnership, we have many achievements to look back on and we are looking forward to continuing working with ENGSO in order to promote grassroots sports and its role as a tool for social change and also safeguard the integrity and credibility of sports.

Professor Svetoslav Ivanov

President of the Bulgarian Union for Physical Culture and Sports

ENGSO is a BRIDGE between the spirit and the body of each human being; a bridge among different peoples; a bridge among nations in United Europe. ENGSO is a COMMON LANGUAGE OF HUMANITY: a language that shall help finish the new Babylon tower in Brussels.

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