Good Governance in sport

An international meeting under the #GoodGovernanceSport project was held in Greece

In the period 06-09 December 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece, the second international meeting under the “Good governance in sport” project was held, which “Bulgarian sports development association” coordinates for a period of 30 months, and which aims to provide analyzes and concrete tools for improvement of the management processes in the field of sport. Representatives of the project partners from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia took part in the meeting and approved the final version of the study on the transparency and publicity of 56 European and national sports federations. Full information of the survey data will be published within 2018 at: A number of activities lie ahead – a training and qualification activities, including an online training module, value promotion activities and good governance principles, as well as specific instruments for achieving sustainable and transparent governance in the sector.

“Good governance in sport” project, coordinated by the “Bulgarian sports development association”, has been co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission – Sport chapter and it is a collaborative partnership of 7 countries, that will work together for 30 months, starting from 01/01/2018.

#GoodGovernanceSport project aims to find a way to analyze, collect and promote good practices for appropriate visibility of decisions made, responsible bodies and transparency of sports organizations in Europe and partner countries. The first results of the project were presented during the event in the Belgian capital, which is an extensive study of the websites of 56 sports organizations at national and European level, aimed at establishing to what extent sport structures ensure transparency of decisions and financial transactions that they perform.

Until the moment, across Europe efforts are being made to try and raise governance standards in the sports sector, specifically around the principles of democracy, transparency, accountability in decision-making, and inclusiveness in the representation of interested stakeholders. While taking into account the great diversity of sport structures in different European countries, the EU aims to strengthen the organization of sport in Europe. The proper approach should be to provide added value to work at national level by collecting and sharing good practices and providing practical recommendations that will help increase standards of good governance in sport.

All activities we will hold by this project will be available and can be used as OER (open educational resources) to the interested stakeholders. The possibility for a self – learning path in the field of good governance will improve sport management or at least will present to the decision makers and administrators in sport what has to be improved. Trust in sport needs to be repaired and this is a small step to present who the organizations are, who is bringing the decisions on board, how public money are spent, who is responsible for the organizational issues at all levels.

Main objectives, we will focus in the project are:

  • Improved good governance in sport in sport organizations in Europe at local, national and European level;
  • Analysis of public face of European and national sport organizations, based on strict criteria and with transparent methodology, applicable to all of them with the same approach;
  • By the planned dissemination events, we will increase attention to good governance at local and national level;
  • Prepare and support next sport leaders, that believes and implements the values of integrity, “fair play”, transparency, integrity, fairness, dedication with the self-learning path and training mobility’s implemented during the project;
  • By this project, will be strengthen the evidence base for policy making (studies, data gathering, surveys) at local, national and European level;
  • Will be increased the knowledge and awareness regarding sport and physical activity, as in the same moment, will be strengthened the cooperation between institutions and organizations active in the field of sport and physical activity, not only inside the consortium, but also at local level in the partner organizations countries;
  • Promotion of good governance principles in sport to all stakeholders and creating good governance multipliers;
  • Improve good governance in sport with shortcut to resources – self-learning path in good governance in sport;
  • Create an innovative network of professionals, devoted to good governance in sport from different parts of Europe, who will be committed to the project not only during project life, but also after the project end with development and growing good practice database;
  • Raise awareness on the added value of sport and physical activities in relation to the personal, professional and social development of individuals through all planned project activities;
  • Raise awareness on the importance of health-enhancing effects of physical through all planned project activities;
  • Increase participation in physical activities and sport by increased number of local actions and events, awareness-raising activities and providing opportunity to individuals to personally experience the benefits of physical activities;
  • Disseminate the accumulated knowledge and expertise of the partnership, its newly developed tools and best practices to inspire and promote further collaborations and synergies on the related topics;
  • Empower specialists from different fields with the tools and instruments to act freely in their daily work, with the ideas that they can implement directly.

“Good governance in sport” project has been co-funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission – Sport chapter and it is a collaborative partnership that will work together for 36 months, starting from 01/01/2018, includes 7 countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and is coordinated by the Bulgarian sports development association.