EU introduces Sport policy priorities
5 February 2014
February 4th, the European Commission introduced the new Sport Chapter that’s part of the Erasmus + program. For the first time, the Erasmus + programma has a budget of approximately 265 million Euro for transnational projects. The budget will be spread over 7 years and supports projects in the field of the promotion of sport, good governance in sport, dual carreers in sports, health enhancing physical activities and the fight againts match fixing and doping.IMBA Europe welcomes this new direction of the EU Commission that emphasizes the value and benefits of sports more than ever. This development offers new opportunities to boost mountainbiking at grassroots level. Both from the promotional perspective (more people on bikes) as the further professionalization of the sector by focusing on good governance in sport and improving collaboration with essential stakeholders such as land managers, local governments and the forestry industry.In 2014, the EU will spend approximately 9 million Euro’s on sport related projects. Budgets will increase year by year and in most cases, projects need to have a clear focus on grassroots sports. Non-profit or public authorities are eligilbe as applicant or project partner. Klick here to read more about this program our contact IMBA Europe.