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Position paper on the impact of COVID-19 crisis on sport

More than 30 sport and sport-related associations, including a number of associations on a national level, have agreed on a common position paper entitled „Position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sport sector”.

In the introduction of the position paper the importance of sport for the economy of the European Union was highlighted (the share of sport in the EU GDP is 279,7 billion euro or 2,12% of the EU GDP) given that the sport sector generates every 47th euro and creates every 37th job in the EU. The rest of the document presents the facts on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sport system and explains the segments and stakeholders that are impacted the most by the current crisis. An action plan to fight the crisis is suggested i.e. the measures to support the sport sector (protection of jobs, tax breaks, loans for clubs to ensure liquidity, stimulation of innovative programmes, establishment of the private and public solidarity fund, creating new funding opportunities on a national level and from the EU funds, etc).

As a member of the European Commission’s SHARE initiative, the Croatian Olympic Committee had a very active role in the initiative. Other signatories are associations such as the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and dozens of other National Olympic Committees, e.g. German, Italian, Belgian, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Czech, Luxembourgish, etc.

In addition, a number of continental sport associations have signed the document, e.g. football (UEFA), basketball (FIBA Europe), handball (EHF), volleyball (CEV), rugby (RUGBY Europe), as well as National Federations such as the German Football Federation (DFB).

For a sustainable public and private sport sector in the Old Continent it is crucial to provide help and support in the context of the European instrument entitled “Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency” (SURE) and other initiatives at national and European level, especially those that are linked directly to the measures mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original document: Position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sport sector

Croatian version: Stajalište o utjecaju krize COVID-19 na sportski sektor

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Invitation to the 6th conference on investments in sport

The Cyprus Sport Organisation is hosting the 6th of 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” organised within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 5th conference on investments in sport will be held at the premises of the Cyprus Sport Organisation in Nicosia, Cyprus on 12 March 2020.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines on investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Themis Kokolakakis and Guenther Grohall, and the iSport project leader Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in Cyprus, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

Participants’ input will be used to improve the final version of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Invitation to the 5th conference on investments in sport

The Croatian Olympic Committee is organising the 5th of 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 5th conference on investments in sport will be held in Luxembourg on the 25th of February 2020.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport in Benelux, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines on investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Dr. Themis Kokolakakis, Dr. Anna Kleissner, Guenther Grohall, Alberto Bichi and Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

The “Guidelines on investments in sport” will be further discussed with the policy makers and other key stakeholders in Croatia and Cyprus in 2020. Participants’ input will be used to improve the final version of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Invitation to the 4th conference on investments in sport

The Sheffield Hallam University is hosting the 4th of 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” organised within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 4th conference on investments in sport will be held at the premises of the Birkbeck College in London, United Kingdom on 6 December 2019.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines on investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Themis Kokolakakis, Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall, and the iSport project leader Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in the United Kingdom, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

The “Guidelines on investments in sport” will be further discussed with the policy makers and other key stakeholders in Croatia, Cyprus and Luxembourg in 2020. Participants’ input will be used to improve the final version of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Invitation to the 3rd conference on investments in sport

The Mykolas Romeris University is hosting the 3rd 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” organised within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 3rd conference on investments in sport will be held at the premises of the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania on 16 September 2019.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines on investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Themis Kokolakakis, Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall, and the iSport project leader Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in Lithuania, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

The “Guidelines on investments in sport” will be further discussed with the policy makers and other key stakeholders in Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom in 2019 and 2020. Participants’ input will be used to improve the final version of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Invitation to the 2nd conference on investments in sport

The Portuguese Olympic Committee is hosting the 2nd of 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” organised within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 2nd conference on investments in sport will be held at the premises of the Portuguese Olympic Committee in Lisbon, Portugal on 2 July 2019.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines on investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Themis Kokolakakis, Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall, and the iSport project leader Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in Portugal, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

The “Guidelines on investments in sport” will be further discussed with the policy makers and other key stakeholders in Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom in 2019 and 2020. Participants’ input will be used to improve the final version of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Invitation to the 1st conference on investments in sport

The SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy is hosting the 1st of 7 national conferences entitled “Investments in Sport” organised within the project under the same title (Investments in Sport, abbr. iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The 1stnference on investments in sport will be held at the House of Sport in Vienna, Austria on 5 March 2019.

The purpose of the national conference is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport, as well as the representatives of the business sector, regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport based on the “Guidelines for investments in sport” that were developed by the team of researchers on the iSport project.

The main objective of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Conference speakers will be the leading European experts in the field Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall, and the project leader Alma Papić.

Conference participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in Austria, as well as the decision-makers from the sport sector and potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector. Participants will be able to actively participate in the discussion and share their unique perspectives on investments in sport.

The “Guidelines on investments in sport” will be further discussed with the policy makers and other key stakeholders in Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom in 2019 and 2020. Participants input will be beneficial for the improvement of the “Guidelines on investments in sport”, as well as for the development of the “Recommendations for policy-makers”.

For more information, contact the project leader Alma Papić at +38513650500 or alma.papic@hoo.hr

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Meeting of partner organisations

The National Olympic Committee of Portugal successfully organised a meeting of partner organisations on the European project entitled “Investments in Sport” (iSport).

The meeting was held on 17 December 2018 at the facilities of the Pousada Hotel in Lisboa, Portugal. The National Olympic Committee of Portugal was represented by the NOC Research and Project Office Director Rita Nunes, and the meeting was led by the iSport lead researcher Guenther Grohall, representative of the SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy, and one of the most prominent researchers in the field.

The meeting was organised to present and discuss the results of the research and to review the draft version of the Guidelines on investments in sport.

The Guidelines on investments in sport will be further developed and discussed with the policy-makers in participating EU Member States: Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Upon the completion of the first phase of the development of the Guidelines on investments in sport, partner organisations are going to organise national conferences as a platform for opening a dialogue between the policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport. The aim of the conferences is to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

The SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy is going to host the first of seven conferences. It will be held on 5 March 2019 in Vienna, Austria. For more information, follow our website.

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Workshop for researchers

The SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy hosted the workshop for researchers participating in the development of the study on the economic impact of an investment in sport. The study is carried out within the project entitled „Investments in sport” (iSport), which was co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union.

The workshop was held on the 5th of March at the headquarters of the SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy in Vienna, Austria. It was organised by the leading European experts in the field of sport economy Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall who presented the first draft of the guidelines on research methodology and trained the researchers for the next steps in the development of the study. Participants of the workshop were representatives of partner organisations in the iSport project.

Upon the completion of the training, research will begin with the collection of data on investments in sport in 7 EU Member States: Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

 

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Kick-off meeting

Yesterday the Croatian Olympic Committee has successfully completed the first meeting of partner organisations working together on the implementation of the European project entitled “Investments in Sport” (iSport). The kick-off meeting was held on 6-7 February 2018 at the headquarters of the Croatian Olympic Committee in Zagreb, Croatia. The Croatian Olympic Committee was represented by the NOC Vice President Sanda Čorak, and the NOC Coordinator for EU Funds and Programmes Alma Papić, who led the meeting as the iSport Project Manager.

The iSport project is three-year collaborative partnership type of project, co-funded by the Erasmus+: Sport Programme of the European Union. It will be implemented in the period between the 1st of January 2018 and the 31st of December 2020 by 10 organisations from 7 EU Member States: Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

The main objective of the iSport project is to contribute to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by promoting the principles of good governance in policy formulation on all levels in order to increase the quality of policies and decisions based on the evidence of the potential of sport to tackle societal and economic challenges and on the understanding of the role of sport as a driver for economic growth and employment.

Representatives of partner organisations involved in the project are going to work on the collection and dissemination of information and data regarding sport as a means to strengthen evidence-based sport and sport-related policies. Collected data can contribute to policy formulation and evidence-based investments in sport. Moreover, it will promote a wider understanding of the crucial role of sport as a driver for growth and employment in the context of national and regional policy-making as well as of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

The main outputs of the project will be the guidelines on investments in sport, and recommendations to policy-makers. They will be freely available to policy-makers and other key stakeholders in order to develop a better understanding of the role of sport in a society and economy.

Partner organisations will organise conferences to promote a better recognition of the contribution of sport to the overall goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy given the sector’s strong potential to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and new jobs, and considering its positive effects on social inclusion, education and training as well as public health and active ageing.

Organisation involved, besides the Croatian Olympic Committee, are the following: SportsEconAustria Institute for Sport Economy, Sheffield Hallam University, Croatian Bureau of Statistics, University of Split Faculty of Kinesiology, Cyprus Sport Organisation, National Olympic Committee of Portugal, Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth, Mikolas Romeris University, and the Ministry of Sports in Luxembourg.

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