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Erasmus + Sport Programme


The Sport Chapter in the Erasmus+ Programme aims to support European partnerships on grassroots sport in order to pursue the following objectives:

• Tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination;
• To promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
• To promote voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all.

As provided by the Regulation establishing the Erasmus+ Programme, focus is to be given to grassroots sport.

The Actions in the field of sport are expected to result in the development of the European dimension in sport by generating, sharing and spreading experiences and knowledge about different issues affecting sport at the European level.
Ultimately, sport projects supported through Erasmus+ should lead to increased levels of participation in sport, physical activity and voluntary activity.


More specifically,

  • Increased knowledge and awareness regarding sport and physical activity in Programme Countries;

  • Increased awareness of as regards the role of sport in promoting social inclusion, equal opportunities and health enhancing

  • physical activity;

  • Strengthened cooperation between institutions and organisations active in the field of sport and physical activity;

  • Better participation of sport organisations and other relevant organisations from various Programme Countries in

  • enhanced networks;

  • Improved sharing of good practices.

The Actions in the field of sport are expected to contribute to the implementation of the European Week of Sport, which is an initiative launched by the Commission to promote sport and physical activity in the European Union, in the light of declining participation levels.


  • support to collaborative partnerships

  • support for not-for-profit European sport events involving several participating countries and contributing to objectives such as social inclusion, equal opportunities, HEPA

  • support for strengthening of the evidence base for policy making

  • dialogue with relevant European stakeholders



Collaborative Partnerships offer the opportunity to develop, transfer and/or implement innovative outputs and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly products or innovative ideas in different areas relating to sport and physical activity. They involve various organisations and actors in and outside sport, including in particular public authorities at local, regional, national and European levels, sport organisations, sport-related organisations and educational bodies.

Collaborative Partnerships are, in particular, innovative projects aimed to:

  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the implementation of the Council

  • Recommendation on health-enhancing physical activity and being in line with the EU Physical Activity Guidelines;

  • Encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the European Week of Sport;

  • Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development,

as well support the implementation of the EU Guidelines Dual Careers of Athletes;

  • Promote voluntary activity in sport;

  •  Combat doping, notably in recreational environments;

  •  Combat match-fixing;

  •  Improve good governance in sport;

  •  Combat violence and tackle racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport;

  •  Encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.


Collaborative Partnerships should promote the creation and development of European networks in the field of sport. The EU can thereby provide opportunities for strengthened cooperation among stakeholders, which would not have existed without EU action. Collaborative Partnerships should also foster synergy with, and between, local, regional, national and international policies to promote sport and physical activity and to address sport-related challenges.

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