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Kick it out: EU targets violence and intolerance in sport

European Commission - IP/11/1314   08/11/2011

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European Commission - Press release

Kick it out: EU targets violence and intolerance in sport

Brussels, 8 November 2011 The European Commission has awarded grants to support initiatives aimed at tackling violence and intolerance in sport, and to strengthen the way sport is run in Europe. Twelve trans-national projects have received grants ranging from €125 000 to €200 000 (details below) as part of a package of 'preparatory actions' intended to pave the way for the launch of an EU sub-programme for sport, which would also support grassroots campaigns to promote physical activity, social inclusion through sport, and the fight against doping.

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "Supporting sport at the grassroots' level is one of my priorities. Without EU funding many valuable sporting initiatives would not get off the ground. I am very happy that these 12 projects are receiving EU funding and wish them a lot of success."

Background: The projects funded under the 2011 'Preparatory Actions'

The EU support covers two themes:

a) Prevention of and fight against violence and intolerance in sport: Projects selected in this area support innovative trans-national networks focused on the prevention of and fight against violence and discrimination. The funding supports the exchange of good practices between the sport sector, educational institutions, supporters' organisations, non-governmental organisations and national and local authorities with the aim of promoting respect for fundamental European values in sport.

The funded projects are:

Title

ELYS - Educational LABs for European Young Supporters

Objectives

Educating young people to tackle violence in sport

Lead organisation

Regional Committee CONI, Lombardy

Countries involved

EL, ES, IE, IT, NL, NO, PT, RO, UK

Grant

€200,000

Title

Prevention of sexualized violence in sport

Objectives

Creating a network of experts and organisations to prevent sexualized violence in sport

Lead organisation

Deutsche Sportjugend im Deutschen Olympischen Sportbund e.V.

Countries involved

DE, GR, NO, UK, CZ, ES, CY, DK, BE, SI

Grant

€200,000

Title

Preventing and fighting homophobic violence and intolerance in sport - Pride in Sport

Objectives

Developing a network to fight homophobia in sport

Lead organisation

European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation

Countries involved

DE, FR, HU, SL, UK, European-wide organisation

Grant1

€160,000

Title

Pro Supporters - Prevention through empowerment

Objectives

Developing measures to tackle football-related violence and racism through preventive fan-based schemes across Europe

Lead organisation

Fonds Wiener Institut für internationalen Dialog und Zusammenarbeit

Countries involved

AT, CZ, IE, UK, DE, NL, European-wide organisations

Grant1

€200,000

b) Promoting innovative approaches to strengthen the organisation of sport in Europe: Good governance is a precondition for the autonomy and self-regulation of sport organisations. The funding supports trans-national networks aimed at developing a European dimension in sport. These networks also seek to strengthen the administrative capacity of sport organisations and to increase the competitive level of sport in Europe.

The funded projects are:

Title

Sport 4 Good Governance (S4G)

Objectives

Support and guidance for good governance in sport organisations

Lead organisation

EU Office of the European Olympic Committees

Countries involved

BE, CR, CY, DE, DK, EE, HR, IT, NL, SI, CH, European wide organisation

Grant1

€200,000

Title

Good governance in grassroots' sports

Objectives

Increasing organisational capacity

Lead organisation

International Sport and Culture Association

Countries involved

CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FR, IT, IE, RO, UK, European-wide organisation

Grant

€200,000

Title

The further development of a coordinated network for sport coaching in Europe (CoachNet)

Objectives

Establishing a coordination system for the improvement of sport coaching

Lead organisation

Leeds Metropolitan University

Countries involved

DE, ES, FI, FR, HU, IE, NL, PT

Grant1

€200,000

Title

European Rugby League Governance Foundation Project

Objectives

Developing a European dimension in Rugby League

Lead organisation

Rugby League European Federation

Countries involved

CZ, DE, FR, IE, IT, LV, NL, SE, UK

Grant1

€100,000

Title

Improving football governance through supporter involvement and community ownership

Objectives

Strengthening club ownership by supporters

Lead organisation

Supporters Direct

Countries involved

BE, DE, ES, FR, IT, PT, SE, UK

Grant1

€200,000

Title

Better Boards, Stronger Sport

Objectives

Promoting effective management boards in sport organisations

Lead organisation

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Countries involved

EE, FI, HU,IE, PL and transnational sport networks

Grant1

€125,000

Title

Action for Good Governance in International Sports organisations

Objectives

Identify guidelines and possible solutions to improve the governance of international and European sport organisations

Lead organisation

Danish Institute for Sports Studies / Play the Game

Countries involved

BE, CH, DE, DK, NL, SI, UK

Grant1

€200,000

Title

European ABC (Academy for Billiard Champions) on the way to Sport Excellence

Objectives

Improving the organszational and institutional capacity of billiard organisations

Lead organisation

Bulgarian Billiard Federation

Countries involved

BG, CZ, PL, RO, SI

Grant1

€130,000

1 Rounded amounts

The EU's role in sport

The EU's role is to support, supplement and coordinate actions by the Member States and to develop a European dimension in sport. According to Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the EU shall "contribute to the promotion of European sporting issues, while taking account of the specific nature of sport, its structures based on voluntary activity and its social and educational function… [the EU's action] shall be aimed at developing the European dimension in sport, by promoting fairness and openness in sporting competitions and cooperation between bodies responsible for sports, and by protecting the physical and moral integrity of sportsmen and sportswomen, especially the youngest sportsmen and sportswomen".

The proposed EU sport sub-programme will be part a broader programme supporting education, training, and youth ('Erasmus for All'), which is due to be adopted by the Commission later this month. The Commission has proposed €15.2 billion in funding for the Erasmus for All programme between 2014 and 2020 (see IP/11/857).

For more information:

Androulla Vassiliou's website

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/vassiliou/index_en.htm

Sport website

http://ec.europa.eu/sport/index_en.htm

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58)

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)


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