Sports Archives

  • 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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