On 11 February, Erasmus+ held its Sport Info Day in Brussels for stakeholders and organisations involved in European sport. The event attracted over 600 participants from 38 countries and provided practical advice for the submission of proposals for sporting projects as well as opportunities for networking. Erasmus+ incorporates a brand new sporting dimension with a total budget of over €265 million, representing an increase of over 700% from the previous sport budget.
The day began with a welcome from Brian Holmes, Director of EACEA, and from Xavier Prats Monné, Director General for Education and Culture at the Commission. The morning continued with sessions on Erasmus+: Sport policy and on the submission and selection procedures for proposals. In the afternoon, the participants split up into a workshop on other EU funding opportunities, a financial workshop and a third one on the online submission of applications.
These workshops gave participants a chance to get into the real detail of Erasmus+: Sport with EU officials, providing their feedback and clearing up doubts. A final session showcasing Erasmus+: Sport success stories with the leaders of exemplary projects was followed by a speech given by Tibor Navrascsics, the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
The key date to remember from the Sport Info Day is 14 May, by which date applications for Erasmus+ sport projects must be submitted. Approximately 45 projects are expected to be selected from the applications received. Erasmus+ representatives emphasised how applications should be drafted with care, in order to guarantee their eligibility.
The discussion was not limited to attendees and, throughout the day, Erasmus+ led the Sport Info Day on Twitter with the hashtag #sportinfoday. Live-tweeting from the event reached 690,000 people and those who were not able to attend could watch the proceedings via web-streaming and tweet in their questions and comments. Videos of the sessions are available on the agency website and answers to all the questions received on the day will be posted also.
If you missed out on the Sport Info Day, Erasmus+ will be holding a Twitter chat on 4 March to answer all your queries about Erasmus+: Sport and EU support for sport in general. You can submit your questions now or on the day with the hashtag #EUsport.