Sports Archives

  • Official: Finnish sports programme to energise the nation


    Finland is developing its first national sports programme, Raija Mattila, director of the sports division of Finland's education ministry, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • EU sport programme key to promote social values of sport


    A potential future EU competence on sport should be based on social, educational and citizenship values, argues a sports NGO in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • FIFA: We’ll convince Commission on national quotas


    FIFA is determined to convince the European Commission that imposing the controversial '6+5' rule on football teams does not breach EU law and will benefit the sport by restoring some level of national identity to clubs, combating the over-concentration of wealth in top clubs and guaranteeing equal opportunities to compete in the sector, FIFA's chief of international relations told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Sport ‘can help fight gender discrimination’


    Sport can be a powerful tool to empower girls and women to achieve their full potential in society by creating an enabling environment for gender equality, argues the founder of an international fund supporting women's sport programmes in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Sport’s role in social development needs analysis


    The concrete outcomes of local-level sports projects and activities in terms of intercultural dialogue and social development should be analysed and documented to get public authorities and other stakeholders to help support the current voluntary structures, argues the president of the International Sports and Culture Association Mogens Kirkeby in an interview with EURACTIV. 

  • 2010 Football World Cup ‘an opportunity for Africa’


    With the FIFA World Cup due to take place in South Africa in 2010, Europe can use sport as a tool for development and to foster economic activity, argues Jean-Claude Mbvoumin of Culture Foot Solidaire.

  • ‘We need to promote walking and cycling’


    The UK based Active Travel programme aims to find synergies between public health objectives and transport policy by simply promoting walking and cycling.

  • Sport associations under-represented in EU obesity platform


    The EU platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health still lacks representatives of the physical-activity side of the obesity problem, says Dr Gernot Wainig.

  • ‘Paralympics need more media attention’


    Sponsors for athletes with disabilities will arrive faster with more extensive coverage, explain two Paralympic athletes in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Interview: ‘Professional and amateur sport – two different worlds’


    The upcoming EU White Paper on sports should focus on amateur sports says MEP Hannu Takkula in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Clear definitions – a prerequisite for coherent EU sport policy


    The up-coming EU white paper on sports should give a clear definition of sport and of its multiple dimensions, clarifying the different EU approaches to professional and amateur sport, says researcher Borja García.

  • Robert Madelin: there is a business case for healthy citizens


    Those who adopted healthy life as one of the key performance indicators for Lisbon understood that there is a business case for healthy citizens, explains Robert Madelin.

  • Interview – Pekka Puska on Finnish EU Presidency health priorities


    Professor Pekka Puska, the Director-General of the Finnish National Public Health Institute / Ministry of Social Affairs & Health says that health in all policies and health of workers will be the two main health themes of the upcoming Finnish EU presidency.

  • Interview with Ann de Mol – Stand up speak up against racism in football


    Ann de Mol, a program advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation(KBF), is currently co-ordinating the Europe-wide 
    Stand up Speak up
    campaign against racism in football. Also co-ordinator of the Belgian national Stand up Speak up campaign, she explains the origins and aims of this Europe-wide initiative.

  • Researcher: EU should identify why young people drop out of sport


    A study on why young people are dropping out of sport is a high priority for EU countries, says a leading sports science researcher from the WJH Mulier Institute. He also talks about the Eurobarometer survey on EU citizens and sport plus how comparable EU-wide sports participation could be compiled in the future.

  • More comparable data on EU sports participation urgently needed, says German sports studies lecturer


    Dr Katrin Petry from the German Sports University in Cologne tells EURACTIV that gathering accurate data about why people stop particular kinds of physical activity would help the EU determine where it can add value to national sports policies.

  • England developing closer links between school sport and clubs


    Eurobarometer figures from 2004 on sports participation indicate that as few as 17% of adults across the EU take part in sport at least three times a week. Drawing in sports clubs and families into school sport is proving successful in driving up sports participation, says England’s Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Steve Grainger in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Clash between socio-cultural and single market coalitions “currently a draw”


    If approved, the Constitution will be the first time an EU treaty has included an explicit reference to sport. A Danish sports lawyer talks EURACTIV through the legal implications for the embryonic European Sports Policy.

  • Toine Manders – interview


    Around 700 European clubs are suspected of
    receiving state aid but the Commission is wary about taking any
    action for fear of a public backlash, says Toine Manders in an
    exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Michel Rocard


    Sport, and its balance between professionalism and amateurism, will continue to be determined by the national and international federations and associations, says MEP Michel Rocard in an interview with EURACTIV.

  • Michel D’Hooghe, former President of the Belgian football league


    Paying volunteers would make organising events
    such as the Olympic Games "nearly impossible", says
    FIFA Executive Committee member Michel D'Hooghe in an
    exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Education and Culture


    A "real value for money" project is
    how commissioner Reding describes the European Year of
    Education through Sport in an interview with

  • EYES: Focus on Slovenia’s “Hurray, it’s leisure time” project


    Following enlargement on May 1, an official from the Slovenian sports ministry tells EURACTIV how the country has been getting on with projects under the European Year of Education programme.

  • Olympics volunteers may be directed to EU projects in the future


    Athens 2004 Olympics participants could be directed to EU sports-related or social volunteering activities with their permission, says volunteer manager Olga Kikou in an interview with EURACTIV.


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