Erasmus+ Sport 2020: Get ready to EQUIP for equality!

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

On 20 October 2020, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union published the selection results of the Erasmus+ Sport 2020 calls for proposals. We are delighted that our ambitious project proposal, entitled Equip for Equality in Practice (EQUIP) has been awarded funding. The project will begin in January 2021, and will be delivered over three years.

EQUIP will respond to the unacceptable levels of inequality and sluggish implementation of equality policies in sport, by adopting a pragmatic approach that will ultimately help towards ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity in the life and practice of sport in Europe.

The project will harness expert knowledge and thought leadership on the topic of equality, alongside the abundance of recommended policies already in circulation. Umbrella sport organisations in six countries will be empowered with the guidance of equality experts and equipped with equality policies and practices to catalyse action in their country.

They will in turn co-develop tailor-made action plans with sport clubs or federations – the so-called “Champions” - and support them in their implementation in order to improve governance and tackle issues of inequality within their structure. This project, and its activities, will address a range of equality areas including gender; sexual orientation; race and ethnicity; socio-economic status and/or physical ability.

The EQUIP consortium is composed of an excellent selection of organisations that share the joint objective to put equality policies into practice. Some of these organisations govern sport at a national or regional level, others offer expertise in certain areas of equality or combatting discrimination, and a number do both. The partnership includes six organisations that are ENGSO member organisations or their close affiliates - the Hellenic Paralympic Committee, the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation, OPES Italia (member of CONI), the Sports Confederation of Portugal, RF-SISU Örebro (regional association of the Swedish Sports Confederation) and the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation - and two partner organisations from Belgium - the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee, and the Centre for Ethics in Sport.

ENGSO will also be partners in iSPORT (Inclusion in Sport), another successful collaborative partnership proposal, led by the EUSA Institute of the European University Sports Association. The partnership will focus on encouraging social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, and eight organisations form this exciting partnership from eight European countries.

We are very grateful for the Erasmus+ Programme that will once more support us in our mission to represent, develop and advocate for voluntary-based sport in Europe through a partnership project. 2020 is the third consecutive year in which an ENGSO-led collaborative partnership proposal got funding from the Programme. In 2018, our CHAMP (Clubs for Health-enhancement, Activation, Modernisation and Participation) project proposal was accepted for funding, and in 2019, our SPIRIT (Sport & Psycho-social Initiative for Inclusive Training) initiative got support from the European Union within the framework of the Erasmus+ Sport Programme.

You can find the Erasmus+ Sport 2020 selection results here.

Learn more about all our past and present projects here.