ENGSO projects aim at tackling current issues relevant for grassroots sport, as well as promote sport as a tool to solve challenges in society today.

ENGSO projects

The main aim of the EQUIP project is to improve equality in sport in Europe through the practical and sustainable implementation of the existing good practices and policies. The EQUIP project was conceived out of the acknowledgement that research and advocacy are strong in prioritising equality, but concrete actions are still lacking.  EQUIP partners believe that equality should be approached from an intersectional lens in which every European citizen can freely and safely participate in sport regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical ability, race and/or ethnicity, religion, age or any other discriminatory criteria.


ASPIRE was an international collaborative project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, that sought to find out how to best support migrants and refugees, building on the wide popularity of sports and other forms of physical activity. ASPIRE could serve as a pioneer in long-term perspective, offering a positive, evidence-based response with the help of sport to the many problems of inclusion related to the migrant and refugee crises, during and after the settlement of migrants and refugees when it comes to facilitating the access of refugees to social services.

"Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality" - SCORE was a European project supported by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme and led by ENGSO. SCORE promoted gender equality in coaching, and focused on increasing the number of employed and volunteer female coaches at all levels of sport as well as enhancing knowledge on gender equality in coach education.

Sport can help Europe to address some of the challenges related to the integration of people from less privileged groups, such as migrants and persons of foreign origin. Lasting from 1 January 2011 until 30 April 2012, "Creating a Level Playing Field" was a project supported by the European Commission, which aimed at supporting sports and specialised organisations to facilitate the access of people from different backgrounds to sport.

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Play'In Together 2019-2021

The project aims to make societies more inclusive of all persons with disabilities, thanks to the promotion of Olympic, Paralympic and European values in socio-sport activities. The project is inspired by a pilot project conducted by PLAY International and OCOG Paris 2024: "Olympic Values". It relied on Play International's expertise to propose socio-sports activities for children, spreading awareness messages related to the Olympic values: friendship, respect, excellence. Play'In Together aims to change the way we look at disability through socio-sports activities spread to children in sport clubs. The partners will deploy the same socio-sports activities in their countries, training 448 teachers, 270 sports animators, 90 adapted animators, thus benefiting to 20 200 children.

Playing Green: volunteering for greener sports events 2019-2020

PlayGreen creates volunteering opportunities focused on sport and environment for young people to engage in sport. Project partners involve volunteers to develop a “green football league", as a pilot case to test a new volunteering format, which will be afterwards adapted to other sports. Through this volunteering programme we have the opportunity to 1) involve a new group of people (youth interested in sustainability) into doing sports; 2) increase the commitment to sustainability of grassroots sport events, and 3) develop green skills among volunteers that will be useful in their professional life.

The project "Promoting National Implementation for Sports Club for Health Programmes in EU Member States" (SCforH project) was based on the Sport Clubs for Health project 2009-2011, supported by the EU Preparatory Actions in the field of sport. The SCforH project, founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, ran between 2015 and 2017 with the main aim to promote national implementation of SCforH Guidelines at both grassroots and governmental level. The project consortium consisted of universities and sports federations from 9 EU countries, namely from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland (applicant), Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden. ENGSO is a partner in the SCforH project.

IRIS launched an 18 month programme in January 2013, which was financed by the European Commission together with the European Lotteries (EL). The programme was carried out in partnership with SportAccord, ENGSO, the University of Salford and the French think tank Sport and Citizenship. This programme was a response to the call for proposals launched by the Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission to set up transnational projects with the aim of implementing future actions regarding sports and its good practices on a European scale.

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