Due to its growing impact on Europe's economy and society, sport has gained an important place in European strategies and programmes such as Erasmus+. As a consequence, comparable statistics are needed to strengthen evidence-based policies in the field of sport.
However, at EU level, there are no specific collections of data related to this topic. Therefore, sport statistics have to be derived from other EU multi-purpose data collections.
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of sport, the statistics of this area relate to the following dimensions:
- Employment from Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS)
- International trade in goods (COMEXT).
- Private and public expenditure from Household Budget Surveys (HBS) and statistics on Government expenditure, respectively,
- Participation in sport - mainly from EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC)
Currently, the dedicated section on sport presents data that refer to employment in sport and international trade in sport goods.