This study provides practical information and advice to sport organisations and others who may be considering using the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to support sport-based projects. It does so in several ways:

  • It provides summary information on 229 sport and physical activity projects that have already been supported (mainly in the 2007-2013 period) by the structural Funds, with examples from all EU countries
  • It sets out 33 good practice cases, illustrating the effective use of the Structural Funds to achieve a range of differing objectives in regional and local economic and social development
  • Analysis explains the nature and impact of sport-based initiatives and defines distinct categories of sport interventions
  • Practical advice for those interested in developing projects is set out in a guidance document and in the report’s recommendations

In addition, the study team has proposed that a Sport Action Network be formed, made up of persons or organisations interested in a self-help group to exchange information or provide mutual support in developing sport-based proposals under the ESIF.

Some of the main sport organisations at a European and national levels and a number of individuals involved in sport development and/or regional economic and social development have expressed an interest in such a development and once established, it could be of interest to a wider group including academics with an interest in sport economics or sport policy, to people responsible for regional and city economic development and to voluntary organisations that make use of sport in social projects.

Study on the contribution of sport to regional development through the structural funds

Full report

Executive summary

Good practice case studies

Mapping of Sport-based initiatives - Project fiches

Practical Guidance on Developing Sport and Physical Activity Projects under the European Structural and Investment Funds (BG - CS - DA - DE - EL - ES - ET - FI - FR - HR - HU - IT - LT - LV - MT - NL - PL - PT - RO - SK - SL - SV)