EU Seminar and Sport for all Session accompanying the 23rd General Assembly
Prior to the 23rd General Assembly, apart from the traditional ENGSO EU Seminar, a Sport for All Session was also organised at the Portuguese Sports Museum in Lisbon on 29 April 2015. The Seminar gave some updates on the European sports policy, while the Sport for All Session focused on the European Week of Sport.
ENGSO EU Seminar
At the ENGSO EU Seminar, Florence Mondin, Policy Officer from the Sport Unit of the European Commission, gave an update on the recent developments of the EU sports policy. ENGSO Sports Policy Director Heidi Pekkola followed her, commenting the developments from the point of view of ENGSO and grassroots sport.
"There is a need for urgent changes in the Erasmus+ Sport Programme, as it does not reach the grassroots level sport as it should according to the Programme itself."-stressed Ms Pekkola. As a reaction, Mrs Mondin agreed and confirmed that some changes might already be implemented in the call of 2016.
The Chair of EPAS Governing Board from the Council of Europe Wendela Kuper also gave a presentation on the developments of EPAS. According to her, the promotion of diversity in and through sport is very much on the EPAS agenda in 2015 and 2016, as well as gender mainstreaming and the fight against match-fixing.
Sport for All Session
At the Sport for All Session, the European Week of Sport (EWoS) and its planned activities were presented by Mrs Mondin from the Commission, followed by ENGSO plans in the framework of EWoS from ENGSO Secretary General Helena Carlsson.
"ENGSO will organise its traditional Forum in Brussels during the Week, on 11-12 September 2015. The main topic of the Forum will be the role of sport clubs, as the weekend of the European Week of Sport is dedicated to the activities of sports clubs according to the focus days."-Ms Carlsson announced.
A workshop followed her presentation, where all the participants could contribute with their ideas of the Week and the ENGSO Forum. Discussions during the workshop were very active and fruitful.
The second half of the Sport for All Seminar illustrated some Portuguese good practice examples on sport for all. Mr Duarte Lopes from the Lisbon University spoke about the role of Universities in Sport for All. President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation Mr Antonio Jose Silva presented the project "Portugal a Nadar" (Portugal Swimming) as another practical example.