National conferences on investments in sport
National conferences entitled Investments in Sport are organised in the period 2019-2020. The purpose of the national conferences is to open a dialogue between the national policy makers and the key stakeholders in sport regarding the economic and social impact of investments in sport. The discussion is guided by 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.
Some of the speakers at the conference are the most prominent European experts in the field of sport economics, such as Themis Kokolakakis, Anna Kleissner and Guenther Grohall, as well as the expert on the European policy in the sport sector and other sport-related sectors Alma Papić.
Participants are the policy makers on all levels of government in a Member State, decision-makers from the sport sector, potential investors in sport infrastructure from the business sector and other relevant stakeholders on a national level. They are given the opportunity to take part in a debate with the aim of sharing their unique perspectives on investments in sport.
The feedback on the Guidelines on Investments in Sport, which will be received from the policy makers and other key stakeholders participating in the conferences, is going to be used to improve the final version of the Guidelines on Investments in Sport due to be published in late 2020. At the same time, the Recommendations for Policy-Makers will be published, and that document is also going to take into consideration the feedback received from participants.
The European conference on investments in sport
In June 2020, the Croatian Olympic Committee will host the European conference on investments in sport. The main aim of the conference is to promote evidence-based investments in sport by disseminating the results of the project.