Sports-minded schools idea making headway

The Luxembourg sports ministry has set the ball rolling for a possible future European label for schools that demonstrate that they are promoting sport.

Inspired by the European Year of Education through Sport in 2004, Luxembourg’s sports ministry has come up with a series of criteria as to how a future European ‘sports-minded schools’ label might be awarded to schools in member states. Under its proposal, the label would be awarded provided that a given school met at least 80% of the mandatory criteria in each of eight areas.

The eight areas include headings such as the school management, sports facilities and equipment, compulsory physical education, extra-curricular school activities and physical education staff. It also refers to schools having institutionalised links with sports clubs, something that the UK for example, are already developing.

“The proposal has been backed by sports ministers with EU countries having been encouraged to try it out in their countries,” said Professor Hubert Eschette, who advises the sports ministry on issues such as school sport.

The Commission will be looking into developing an EU-wide label in conjunction with the member states. The ministry refers to sport in its widest sense as applying to the promotion of all physical activities rather than just competitive sport. Luxembourg is the current holder of the EU’s rotating presidency.

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