The following Actions in the field of sport are implemented through this Programme Guide:
- Collaborative Partnerships;
- Small Collaborative Partnerships;
- Not-for-profit European sport events.
In addition, Erasmus+ also supports Actions to strengthen the evidence base for policy making (studies, data gathering, surveys, etc.), to promote the dialogue with relevant European stakeholders (the EU Sport Forum, EU Presidency events, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc.). These Actions will be implemented by the European Commission either directly or through the Executive Agency.
The specific objectives pursued by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of sport are to:
- tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination;
- promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
- promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.
As provided by the Regulation establishing the Erasmus+ Programme, focus is to be given to grassroots sport.
The Actions in the field of sport are expected to result in the development of the European dimension in sport by generating, sharing and spreading experiences and knowledge about different issues affecting sport at the European level.
Ultimately, sport projects supported through Erasmus+ should lead to increased levels of participation in sport, physical activity and voluntary activity.
- Increased knowledge and awareness regarding sport and physical activity in Programme Countries;
- Increased awareness of as regards the role of sport in promoting social inclusion, equal opportunities and health-enhancing physical activity;
- Strengthened cooperation between institutions and organisations active in the field of sport and physical activity;
- Better participation of sport organisations and other relevant organisations from various Programme Countries in enhanced networks;
- Improved sharing of good practices.
The Actions in the field of sport are expected to contribute to the implementation of the European Week of Sport, which is an initiative launched by the Commission to promote sport and physical activity in the European Union, in the light of declining participation levels.
The European Week of Sport is intended to be organised with the following concept: an official opening, a flagship event, and 4 Focus Days, each day with a different focus theme: education, workplaces, outdoors, sport clubs and fitness centers. Among other activities, the European Week of Sport will encourage the organisation of cross-border awareness raising activities.
As from 2017, the European Week of Sport will take place from 23 to 30 September. Apart from the activities organised by the European Commission, Member States will organise national activities and coordinate local ones.
Further information as regards the 2017 European Week of Sport can be found on http://ec.europa.eu/sport/