SWAFE conference in Athens

SWAFE conference in Athens

SWAFE, the EU Athletes project that aims to empower women athletes in Europe, held a conference in Athens earlier this week. This event gathered 20 different players association from 10 EU countries and various women sports such as handball, rugby, basketball, futsal, Gaelic sport, football, golf, and judo.

The objective of the conference was to offer women athletes from Europe a platform to exchange on best practices but also on the challenges women athletes are facing when they are trying to organise themselves into groups such as player unions.

This first ever event on gender equality organised by EU Athletes was a success and for EU Athletes policy officer Paulina Tomczyk this is just beginning:

” The EU Athletes board have decided that gender equality should be one of our priority. I was really pleased to chair this conference and see that women athletes are trying to get organised everywhere in Europe. It’s the role of EU Athletes to offer them an opportunity to exchange on the challenges they are facing : employment, equal pay, harrassement at the workplace and health and safety issues. We are looking forward to continue this intiative in the near future and we are already in touch with women representatives who couldn’t be present at the conference. This ERASMUS+ funding is a great opportunity for us to invite athletes and athletes representative to share their experience.”

Now the project staff will use the results of the conference to put together a women player’s guide that would be distributed to women players association later this year.

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ESSDC Meeting in Brussels

ESSDC Meeting in Brussels

A Working Group meeting of European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Sport and Active Leisure has taken place in Brussels on the 29th of May 2017. The discussions were mainly focused on the evaluation of the Social Dialogue project concluded this year, fix-term contracts in the sport sector and the Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020 that has been recently adopted by the Council.

The participants have also been informed about the decision of the Austrian court in the case of Vanessa Sahinovic, who after being hit by the bus during European Games in Baku in 2015 became paralyzed. The court, analysing her status as a member of the national team in order to analyze the social security regime, has found that, even without the employment contract and salary, it should be assimilated with labour relation. It is an important development regarding the denial of worker’s status and rights to many athletes in Europe.

The plenary ESSDC meeting will take place in Brussels on the 8th of November 2017.

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Resolution of the EPAS Consultative Committee on the closure of UNOSDP

Resolution of the EPAS Consultative Committee on the closure of UNOSDP

The Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport under the Council of Europe expresses its concern over the sudden closure of the United Nations Office for Sport Development & Peace, which since the beginning of the century has played an important role as catalyst, adviser and advocate for a wide global group of stakeholders committed to strengthening the role of sport in society.

Given that this decision is very recent and very little information has been given to make a balanced assessment of its impact,

The EPAS CC considers nevertheless that this decision might send a problematic message, at a point in time where the awareness about the societal role of sport is growing in general, and where in particular the UN, several governments and numerous organisations from civil society is wishing to focus on how sport can contribute to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The members of the EPAS CC remain committed to the continuation of the work and initiatives developed by UNOSDP and encourage future policies to be defined through a wide collaborative effort among stakeholders in upholding and protecting the role of sport in society.

 

On behalf of the Consultative Committee, gathered in Limassol, Cyprus, 9 May 2017

 

Jens Sejer Andersen

Chair

 

International director, Play the Game

jens@playthegame.org

+45 20 71 07 01

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The Consultative Committee comprises 25 international NGO’s and institutions in the sports field. As a partnership body, it provides advice for the 38 countries that are members of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport under the Council of Europe.

EPAS provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to better governance, with the aim of making sport healthier and fairer and ensuring that it conforms to high ethical standards.

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PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table – Stockholm

PROtect Integrity Catch-up Round Table – Stockholm

On the 25-26th of April in Stockholm, the third and final Catch-up Round Table has taken place. Besides being an opportunity for 10 participating player associations to give a feedback about the implementation of the project and discuss with the staff, it was focused on problem gambling within professional athletes. During the workshop led by an expert from Sporting Chance Clinic

Following the presentation, round table and discussion, participants explored the areas such as education, player welfare, recognizing and dealing with gambling problem, the need for improved sport governance and the recognition of player welfare in order to properly deal with the issue.

The next meeting organized under Erasmus+ 2016 PROtect Integrity project – the Dissemination Conference, will take place in Barcelona, Spain, 25-27th of September 2017.

 

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#EUSportIntegrityDay

#EUSportIntegrityDay

Like every year on the 15th of April, this Saturday we will be showing our commitment to tackle match fixing in sport with the #EUSportIntegrityDay.

Match-fixing is widely regarded as one of the major threats to sport. It undermines the values of sport such as integrity, fair play, respect for others and have a negative impact on the life of people involved in sport.

Tackling match-fixing requires strong and organised cooperation between the different stakeholders (sports organisations, police, governments, supporters, NGO’s, coaches, athletes themselves and others).

If this issue is not properly addressed, organized sport will lose its credibility and support from fans.

This is why #EUSportIntegrityDay is open to everyone who is committed to figh match fixing. It is designed to:

– raise awareness amongst stakeholder and everyone who loves sport

– reinforce the key education messages about sports betting integrity

– showcase the good practice in the fight against match fixing demonstrate a public commitment to prevent match fixing harming our sports

TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT: www.eusportintegrityday.eu

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