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Sport and Citizenship


Sport and Citizenship is the only think tank in Europe dedicated to studying European public policies in the field of sport and to sport's societal impact.

It was created in Brussels in 2007, several weeks after the adoption of the White Paper on Sport. Its aim is to monitor the development of European sport policy and advocate so that sport be recognized as a component of European identity.

Since its creation, Sport and Citizenship has focused its work on creating the conditions for civil dialogue in the area of sport, through multi-disciplinary, transversal and cross-cutting discussions. In doing so, Sport and Citizenship reaches out and is able to connect to a series of key stakeholders in sports governance at EU level: governments, the sports movement, civil society, universities and the private sector.

Ideas and recommendations produced within the organisation are ultimately brought to the attention of decision-makers and sport prescribers, in order to contribute to the development of European public policies in the field of sport and advocate for a better recognition of both physical activity and sport.
Sport and Citizenship is a non-political and independent platform. As such, it is recognised as being a key resource organisation for European institutions and the sports movement.

Sport and Citizenship is composed of a multi-disciplinary Scientific Committee (200 European experts) and leads 6 topical networks on Health, Volunteering, Innovation, Education, Gender Equality and Disabilities. The think tank regularly takes part in European-wide projects, as an. As an expert organisation, Sport and Citizenship also takes part in a number of Expert Groups at a European level (Expert Group on Match-Fixing, HEPA Expert Group, EPAS Consultative Committee, etc.).
Lastly, Sport and Citizenship also acts as a media player. It promotes points of view through several communication tools: a quarterly review, conferences and round tables, presence on social media sites, Sport Corner (TV show recorded at the European Parliament in Brussels), special relations with European and national media, etc.