#ESP2018: The programme is published!

What is the future of sports clubs? What role will esports play in European sport? Join us at the European Sport Platform, on 16 – 17 November 2018, to find out! We are happy to announce that the event programme has been published!

We are inviting professionals, volunteers, policymakers and scholars to the first European Sport Platform, to stay informed on and take part in the current debate on sport. The event addresses two themes: the modern sports club and esports meets sports clubs. The #ESP2018 is hosted by the Hungarian Competitive Sport Federation.

Time: 16–17 November 2018

Venue: Radisson Blu Béke Hotel, Teréz krt. 43, Budapest, 1067 Hungary

To register for the event, click here.


Thursday 15/11: Arrivals

Friday 16/11

9:00–10:30 Session 1: Sports clubs for society – keeping up with the trends

Sport can offer solutions to many of today’s societal issues, from health and inclusion to employability and civic engagement. At the same time, the competition for people’s free time is getting tougher, and sports clubs need to sprint to keep up. What are the underlying megatrends, and how can sports clubs tap into them to stay a go-to place for citizens?

Welcome speeches:

  • Tünde Szabó, Minister of State for Sport, Ministry of Human Capacities

  • Carlos Cardoso, President, European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO)

  • János Mészáros, President, Hungarian Competitive Sport Federation

Keynote speaker:

  • Sports clubs of the 21st century – a new role, a new mission? Peter Mattsson, Director of Sport, Swedish Sports Confederation

11:00–12:30 Session 2: Sports clubs for health and inclusion

The positive health impact of sport is widely recognised, and improving one’s health is the main reason for physically active Europeans to exercise. Sports clubs are communities where people meet friends, build communities and engage in civic activities, further improving their overall wellbeing. Health-enhancing, more accessible activities are beneficial for individuals – and can help sports clubs reach new target groups!


  • Together for a healthier, more inclusive Europe. Szabolcs Horváth, Member of Cabinet of Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

  • How to promote social inclusion through sport and achieve active citizenship. Zehra Sayin, CEO, Special Olympics Belgium

Case example:

  • Sports Club for Health – creating and implementing a successful scheme on how sports clubs can contribute to health promotion. Ulla Nykänen, Advisor, Sport Clubs, the Finnish Olympic Committee

14:00–15:30 Session 3: Quick sessions

Joining forces to tackle manipulation in sport

Fair play is one of the key principles in sport, be it recreational or high level. How does manipulation endanger the integrity – and the future – of sport? The Macolin Convention is the only rule of international law to tackle the topic. The Convention is gathering momentum with an ambitious roadmap for implementation. What can sports clubs do to increase the impact of these efforts?


  • Norbert Rubicsek J.D., Managing Partner, RC3 & Partners Consulting

Sports volunteers – builders of communities. Case example: the Open Club programme

Sport is the largest sector of the civil society in Europe, with more than 35 million Europeans volunteering for sports. Volunteering has many benefits – not just for sports, but also the individual volunteers, their communities, and society. In the Netherlands, the Open Club programme has transformed traditional sports clubs to clubs that help increase sport participation. In partnership with a large Dutch bank, the programme is being implemented throughout the country.


  • Hein Veerman, Programme Manager Club Development and Maarten Van Yperen, Manager Partnership Rabobank, The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation

16:00–17:30 Session 4: A panorama of esports

Following the persisting popularity of gaming as a leisure time activity and the fast growth of esports, the sports movement is in the process of defining its relationship with esports. In order to do this, it is vital that we understand the characteristics of esports – the games, values, structures and governance; the health, educational and social effects; as well as the issues related to esports.


  • Introduction to esports – the European esports ecosystem. Hans Jagnow, President, eSport-Bund Deutschland (German Esports Federation)

  • Personal story: Esports from a competitive player’s perspective. Fruzsina Eszenyi, esport player, gamer, cosplayer

  • Future trends of esports. Annamária Szücs, esport expert journalist

18:30 Meeting in the hotel lobby

19:00-21:00 Dinner

Saturday 17/11

9:00–10:30 Session 5: Integrate, segregate, ignore? Sports clubs, meet esports

There is a careful, yet growing interest in collaboration with esports across the European sports movement. At the grassroots level, players have formed their own esports clubs, and some traditional sports clubs have taken the leap to integrate esports as part of their discipline selection. Can an affiliation with esports help traditional sports clubs to engage new participants and strengthen their positive impact?


  • Esport meets grassroots sports clubs. Martin Fritzen, Esport Project Manager, DGI

  • Renátó Besenczi, General Manager and Chief Gaming Officer, DEAC-Hackers / eSport Department of the Athletic Club of the University of Debrecen; PhD Candidate, Department of Information Technology, University of Debrecen

  • Anders Sørensen, President, Sørbymagle Idrætsforening

11:00–12:00 Session 6: Panel discussion

Panel discussion: Esports meets sports clubs and federations

12:00–12:30 Closing session

12:30–14:00 Lunch


To learn more about the sessions of the programme, click here.

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