Inspirational Erasmus+ Sport Info Day

On 30th January, the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) organised the fifth edition of the Erasmus+ Sport Info Day in Brussels to inform potential applicants about the funding opportunities of the Sport Programme of Erasmus+.

Over 600 participants were present at the event, and ENGSO was represented by a delegation as well. The project co-ordinator of our Erasmus+ co-funded ASPIRE project, Orsolya Tolnay was one of the speakers at a round table discussion about lessons learnt and policy priorities in the context of Erasmus+ Sport. Orsolya talked about the preparation of the ASPIRE project application, encouraging potential applicants in the room – and those who followed the event online – to apply for funding by the 5th April deadline.

Apart from Orsolya Tolnay, ENGSO Policy Director Heidi Pekkola, Office Director, Marie Denitton and Communication Officer Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik were present at the event, along with representatives of ENGSO Youth, not only familiarising themselves with the changes in the call from last year, but also having great discussions with other participants during the networking sessions. Our Vice-President Agne Vanagiene was also present at the event, representing the Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations.

The organisers embedded three parallel sessions into the programme on three of the most critical topics around the Erasmus+ Sport funding: one session on the evaluation of the applications, one on the finances of applications, and one on the Small Collaborative Partnerships. In these workshops the speakers presented the topics in a very clear way, and then the participants exchanged their thoughts with each other.

At ENGSO, we believe that the Erasmus+ Sport funding is a not-to miss opportunity for organisations working with grassroots sport, using its power to create social change. We have a very positive experience with this funding scheme, and we are proud of that the organisers invited us to speak about ASPIRE, while our past project, SCORE, was recently selected as a success story by the European Commission.

We encourage our members to listen to or to have a look at the presentations of the Sport Info Day, read the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, and once prepared, start planning your project application! If you are hesitant about something concerning your application, get in touch with our Policy Director, Heidi Pekkola, she will be happy to help you with some useful tips based on our experience with Erasmus+.

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