Conference on sustainable funding models for grassroots sports in the Internal Market
On 16 February 2010, the Commission organised a conference to give all interested parties the opportunity to give their views on the financing of grassroots sports (i.e. sport for all). The aim was to present the various financing systems across sports disciplines and Member states, to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on grassroots sports financing and identify possible future challenges. In addition, a number of disciplines and countries were selected to be analysed in more detail in the next phase of the study on the financing of grassroots sports (see below).
- The economics of sport – Prof. Stefan Szymanski (part 1 , part 2 )
- The different grassroots sports’ funding models in the EU – Mr Julien Montel (Amnyos)
- Round table 1: “The role of different stakeholders in grassroots sports’ financing ” – Prof. Stefan Szymanski
- A brief overview of the results of the E-consultation - Mr Julien Montel (Amnyos)
- The funding of grassroots sports, the view of the Olympic sport movement – Mr Mathieu Fonteneau, European Olympic Committee EU Office
- The role of local governments in funding grassroots sports – Ms Anna Pruna – Secretary General for Sports of the Government of Catalonia (Spain)
- The role of local governments in funding grassroots sports – Prof. Dr. Christoph Breuer, German Sport University Cologne (Germany)
- The contribution of sponsors, and trends in sponsorship – Ms Helen Day, European Sponsorship Association
- The contribution of lotteries to the funding of grassroots sports – Mr Jean Jørgensen, World Lottery Association (WLA)
- The role of gambling and betting in funding grassroots sports – Ms Sigrid Ligné, Secretary General of EGBA
- The impact of the economic crisis on the future financing of grassroots sports – Mr Wladimir Andreff, former President of the French Association of Economics, Université of Paris I & CNRS
- Selection of countries and disciplines to be analysed in more depth in Phases 3 and 4 of the study – Ms Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha, Eurostrategies
- Round table 2: “A focus on selected sport disciplines and case studies ” – Prof. Jean-Jacques Gouguet, CDES (Limoges, France)
- The contribution of funding schemes to the popularity of basketball in Lithuania – Ms Vilma Cingiene – Basketball Federation, Lithuania
- New forms of public private partnerships for funding sports – Prof. Alain Ferrand, University of Turin and Scuola dello Sport Rome, Italy
Study on the financing of grassroots sports
In June 2007, the Commission launched a White Paper on Sport accompanied by the Pierre de Coubertin Action Plan . Here, the Commission committed itself to carry out an independent study on the financing of grassroots sport in the EU. The study is to identify and evaluate the funding systems used for grassroots sport. It will also analyse a wide range of Internal Market policies that have a direct impact on the way sport is financed in the EU. The results of the study are expected by the end of 2010.
8 October 2009 – A consortium formed by Eurostrategies, CDES, AMNYOS and the German Sport Institute of Cologne commissioned to carry out the study on the financing of grassroots sports.