Study on the contribution of sport to regional development through the structural funds

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Publication Date July 2016
ISBN 978-92-79-54595-5
EC NC-01-16-017-EN-N
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Sport and physical activity can have very important economic and social impacts, especially at a local or regional level. It is on the economic and social benefits of sport and physical activity that this study is concentrating. Based on past experience, and especially the experience of projects supported by the Structural Funds – the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EARDF), in particular – the study explores the nature of sport’s economic and social impacts, the variety of sport-based initiatives to be found across the EU and the prospects for more sport-based initiatives, both directly and working closely with other sectors, such as tourism and the cultural and creative industries. The analysis will be complemented with evidence of impacts, including examples of good practice and details of a variety of interventions over the past decade. It is also accompanied by a practical guidance document for sport organisations and others interested in developing sport-based projects under the current European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and into the future.

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