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Grassroots sport - shaping Europe (2016)

report to Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

The European Commission (DG EAC) set up a High Level Group (HLG) on Grassroots Sport, under the political leadership of Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. The HLG met five times during 2015 and 2016. The HLG noted that all respectable academic studies point to significant economic benefits from grassroots sport: not only in terms of the direct economic benefit of spending in the sector but also deriving from the benefits to employers of fewer days lost to sickness absence and the benefit to society of a reduction in healthcare costs. Grassroots sport policy could therefore make an important contribution to achieving the goals of the EU’s Juncker Plan.

The HLG considered furthermore that several issues which are fundamental to the beneficial social contribution of grassroots sport and are often linked should be investigated and recommendations elaborated. These are:

  • Health 
  • Social inclusion
  • Informal learning and skills development
  • Volunteering
  • Economic dimension
  • Sustainable financing
  • Urban planning and infrastructure
Literatuurverwijzing: Baumann, W., & Cardoso, C. (2016). Grassroots sport - shaping Europe: report to Commissioner Tibor Navracsics. Commission Européenne.


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