The ISF together with around 350 participants representing national, international and European sport-related organizations have participated in the European Sport Forum from 9th March to 10th March 2016 at The Hague, Netherlands.
This year the Forum tackled various key issues that EU sport movement being concerned with including integration of migrants, good governance, mobility support for non-profit sport federations and health and safety measures for young athletes. On the second day of the Forum, the European Commission representatives introduced the second edition of the European Week of Sport in September 2016.
During the forum, ISF officially became a partner of the EWoS 2016. A meeting between Mr Laurent Petrynka, ISF President, and Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner, sealed an agreement, in which the ISF commits itself to promote the EWoS. There will be various means of activation such as the #BeActive communication tools and materials to cooperate closely with schools and national school sport bodies of the ISF network. An important work has been engaged on a long-term perspective with the National School Sport bodies of ISF European Members in order to increase the number of young people active in schools through school sport.
Therefore, the European body of ISF is actively cooperating to implement projects during the EWoS, one of their ambitious project is to join European School Sport Day launched by one of ISF’s most active members, Hungarian School Sport Federation and its Erasmus+ consortium partners in 2015, taking place under the umbrella of European Week of Sport every year. European School Sport Day was built on the successful 10-year tradition of Hungarian School Sport Day: In September 2015, Poland and Bulgaria also launched their ESSD events, and with the help of ISF many more are expected to join for 2016.”
“Within the framework of EWoS, the “ European School Sport Day” targets school-age students with the objective of encouraging young people to practice sports on a regular basis within and without the schools while introducing good practices to enhance social inclusion. As Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner of Education, Audio-visual and Culture mentioned during a parliamentary session the 22 February 2016: “Schools offer some of the best opportunities for children to engage in regular physical activity, particularly for those who come from families that lack the means to access such opportunities elsewhere. Early education is also a good starting point for children to begin developing positive habits that they can carry on into adulthood”.
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