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18th ENGSO Forum - "Role of sport club in changing societies in future"


11-12 September 2015, Brussels, Belgium, within the framework of the European Week of Sport

Background

ENGSO signed a partnership agreement with the European Commission on the support of the European Week of Sport.

As ENGSO is the voice of voluntary sports organisations in Europe and advocates for grassroots sport, in the framework of the European Week of Sport ENGSO wants to highlight the important societal role of sport clubs in activating European citizens.

Saturday, 12 September 2015 is a European Week of Sport focus day dedicated to sport clubs, therefore ENGSO decided to organise its annual ENGSO Forum in Brussels linked with the respective focus day.

Aim

We have a great event planned to widen participants' knowledge on EU funding possibilities, and discuss with them the role of sport clubs in the future. Strategies and approaches how sport clubs can accommodate to changing societies and activate citizens will be presented. In order to set a good example in activating citizens, sport activities will be offered. Our Forum, bringing together decision makers, experts and stakeholders, is also a good occasion for networking.

Provisional Programme

Friday, 11 September 2015

14:00-18:00 EU-funding Seminar

Saturday, 12 September 2015

09:00-13:00 ENGSO Forum under the theme "Role of Sport Clubs in Changing Societies in Future"

13:00-17:00 Sport Activities (also open for citizens to join)

The ENGSO events will be organised in the Square-Brussels Meeting Centre

For more details see the draft Programme

Accommodation

Accommodation will be provided in Motel One (Rue Royale 120, 1000-Brussels) for one night from Friday to Saturday, 11-12 September 2015.

Participation fee

  • Participation fee for Members: EUR320

  • Participation fee for Non-Members: EUR420

The participation fee includes:

  • Admission to EU funding Seminar and the ENGSO Forum theme "Role of Sport Clubs in Changing Societies in the Future"

  • 20% discount on the book "Sport Clubs in Europe - A Cross-National Comparative Perspective"

  • Admission to sport activities

  • Accommodation for one night from Friday to Saturday, 11-12 September 2015

  • Meals and Coffee breaks

Outcome

ENGSO Forum 2015: Informative and Inspiring

The 18th ENGSO Forum took place in Brussels on 11-12 September 2015 within the framework of the European Week of Sport (EWoS), namely on the EWoS focus day dedicated to sport clubs. As usual, we tackled current European sport issues: this time, the role of sport clubs in activating citizens and accommodating to changing societies. 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.

On Friday, 11 September 2015, prior to the Forum, the ENGSO EU Funding Seminar was organised. Experts such as ENGSO Sports Policy Director Heidi Pekkola, ENGSO Youth Project Coordinator Sara Massini and EOC EU Office Deputy Director Matthias Van Baelen guided the participants through the labyrinth of EU programmes, call for proposals and application forms. We also invited the Head of Sector of Sport and Youth from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission Luciano Di Fonzo to help maximising the chances of our sport organisations in applying for EU grants.



Left: Head of Sector of Sport and Youth from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission Luciano Di Fonzo. Right: ENGSO Sports Policy Director Heidi Pekkola and EOC EU Office Deputy Director Matthias Van Baelen ©Andrej Pisl

On Saturday, 12 September, at the ENGSO Forum, the role of sport clubs in changing society in future was discussed. Remco Hoekman, prominent senior researcher at Mulier Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen gave us an overview from a cross-national comparative perspective on sport clubs in Europe, pointing out that sport clubs, being the core of the European sport system, have to face the challenges of aging, environmental changes, as well as the overrepresentation of highly educated, men and youth. His presentation was followed by an example from national level by Susanne Erlandsson, Vice-President of the Swedish Sports Confederation. She presented how the Swedish Sports Movements meets one of the future challenges, inactivity. Our keynote speaker was Researcher of the Free University Brussels Dr Rein Haudenhuyse, presenting examples how sport clubs could approach the future. He mainly focused on the future challenge of social inclusion.


Senior researcher at Mulier Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen Remco Hoekman ©Andrej Pisl


Keynote speaker Researcher of the Free University Brussels Dr Rein Haudenhuyse ©Andrej Pisl

The Saturday session also included a high-level panel with Deputy Director General of the Education and Culture Directorate-General of the European Commission Jens Nymand Christensen, ENGSO President Carlos Cardoso, Chairman of the European Lotteries' Sport Working Group Walter de Beauvesier Watson and ENGSO Youth Committee Member Gerda Katschinka.


Panel discussion on the role of sport clubs in changing society in future ©Andrej Pisl

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.



ENGSO Youth and ENGSO activities to #BeActive

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 (www.refugeescart.org), 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.

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