Multisport & EU

Sport’s different dimensions

The third part (currently with the title “Our Story at the EU Sport Forum”) should have as a title “EU institutions and EMCA”

The decision to create a Multisport Club association in January 2013 was welcomed by the

EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Mrs. Androulla. Vassilou 

“I would like to congratulate you for this important step of setting up the European Association. Multisport clubs have a lot to offer both to the world of sport, but also to society at large, by mobilising on a daily basis, thousands of athletes in a broad range of disciplines and transmitting messages of teamwork, perseverance, social inclusion, fair play and respect to European Citizens. Sport is an integral part of our European cultural identity, but it also has so much more to offer to society and I am a firm believer that actors such as the Multisport clubs can play a key role in conveying this message and maximising its impact.”

Since the 2013 edition, EMCA was invited to participate and present its model in the different EU initiatives.

In the EU Sport Forum 2014 - a specific panel was dedicated to Multisport Clubs as an example of best practice and EMCA was presented to the audience https://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/sport/events/2014/documents/eusf-agenda.pdf (PPT EMCA presentation at the EU Sport Forum)

In the EU SPORT DIRECTORS MEETING (Milan, 2 – 3 December 2014) Multisport clubs were presented as a model of good governance and creation of social capital (Program) 

EMCA representative was appointed in the High Level Group of Experts launched by the EU Commissioner for Sports Tibor Navracsics (July 2015)

EMCA joined in the House of Sport in Brussels (November 2015)

EMCA signed with Commissioner for sport Tibor Navracsics a framework cooperation to carry out joint activities during the European week of sport (march 9th 2016 ) (picture of Simone Santi signing)

During the EWoS EMCA co-organized of the main event in Brussels (12 sept 2016) and in several cities of Europe.

EMCA has contributed to Mr Takkula’s (MEP), report “Integrated approach to Sport Policy: Good Governance, accessibility and integrity” (Late September 2016)

In 2017 edition, EMCA signed the “Pledge to implement Good Governance in European Sport”.

In 2020 EMCA representative was appointed in the Jury for the “#Beactive” award

In 2021 EMCA contributed to the elaboration of the “Report on EU sports policy”, prepared by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and former professional football player Tomasz Frankowski, which was adopted by the European Parliament (EP) plenary on November 23rd.

Sport, for its own structure, has got many different dimensions. Indeed, sport goes much beyond the “simple” (although very important) promotion of physical activity: promoting sport policies means promoting social inclusion and integration, economic aspects, education, etc.. And the cooperation between the European Union and the Sport Organisations is crucial to find the right balance among the different dimensions of sport, in particular those who are referred to different actors.

Our Story at the EU Sport Forum

In 2013, in the Vilnius EU Sport Forum Mrs Androulla Vassilou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, congratulated for this important step as «Multisport clubs have a lot to offer both to the world of sport, but also to society at large, by mobilising on daily basis thousands of athletes in a broad range of disciplines and transmitting messages of team-work, perseverance, social inclusion, fair play and respect to European Citizens. Sport is an integral part of our European cultural identity, but it also has so much more to offer to society and actors such as Multisport Clubs can play a key role in conveying this message and maximising its impact».

In 2014, during the Milan EU Sport Forum, EMCA was asked to present the Multisport clubs’ model during a specific session. Moreover, the presentation “The role of Multisport Clubs as model of social capital building” was the main discussion topic in the EU Director General Meeting, held in presence of EMCA representatives.

These recognitions lead the European Multisport Club Association to the 9th March 2016 in The Hague (The Netherlands), when EMCA became officially partner of the second Edition of the European Week of Sport, promoted by the European Commission to support common initiatives related to grass- roots sports. Grass-roots sport is indeed at the centre of the Sport and Support Project, established by 12 EMCA clubs and selected by the European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ Sport programme in 2014. The clubs participated in the project with the aim of promoting, in each context, social inclusion and awareness of the importance of health- enhancing physical activity.

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