Tuesday 13 July saw ISF Secretary General/CEO Hrvoje Custonja meet with MEP and member of the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education, Tomasz Frankowski to discuss the promotion of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity for children in EU policies.
The main approach of ISF is motivating youth to practice sport for the benefit of acquiring lifelong healthy habits, with the help of schools. With the fact that only 24% of younger age groups are engaged in sport or physical activity at schools or universities, we must provide more opportunities for school children to be more physically active inside schools. For many youths, school is the only location in which they are able to practice sport in a structured manner.
During the meeting, Mr Custonja presented the different upcoming ISF events of 2021 which are in line with the work of the European Union and European Parliament, in relation to sport and youth, and underlined the importance of 2 specific topics which ISF is very active in:
- Increasing the quantity of physical activities inside the schools: With the main goal of gaining healthy lifestyle habits for all students during their time at school, there needs to be an increase in physical education lessons in schools as well as an increase in the number of extra-curricular physical activities (school sport activities).
The main goal of all stakeholders should be that during their time at school, all students have the opportunity to acquire healthy lifestyle habits. To enable this, it is important that we reinforce the position of school sport and (physical) educational institutions as key organisations while ensuring necessary funding for quality human resources (PE teachers, coaches, educators), investing in quality sport venues in schools, and contributing to the involvement of the communities and entourage in school sport.
- Gender Equality in Sport: Public authorities in cooperation with sport organisations must act, develop, and implement legislation and regulations impacting all sport related stakeholders to define national “Sport Women” plans with clear objectives.
EU women sport policies should be created, with a focus on women participating in sport from an early age as well as leadership in sport organisations in order to accelerate gender equality and women leadership in amateur and professional sport. Furthermore, a structured gender participation in sport approach should be included in all public policies and investments by defining policy options and priorities.