Remarkable Success for ICSSPE

Latest Cycle of EU Funding
14/10/2016 15:56

ICSSPE has achieved a series of important successes in the recent funding opportunity from the European Union. They all relate to research and development projects, with partner organisations from across Europe. In one of these projects, ICSSPE is taking the lead.


The EU's programme to support education, training, research and youth in sport is called Erasmus+. Its budget of €14.7 billion provides opportunities for millions of Europeans. ICSSPE’s projects all relate to either research or development in sport:


PRIME – Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education – aims to develop a high quality coaching framework to facilitate the promotion of healthy martial arts participation among persons with a disability in Europe. The PRIME partnership is a unique consortium of international agencies and organisations representing a range of martial arts styles, and from different EU Member States. In addition to groups at the forefront of inclusive practices in the martial arts, such as the Disability Karate Federation and the International Taekwondo Federation, the partnership includes the International Council for Coaching Excellence, and the UNESCO Chair Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness at Tralee Institute of Technology, Ireland. ICSSPE will be leading this project.


ADVICE – Anti-Doping Values in Coach Education - aims to reduce doping in grassroots sport by developing an evidence-based mobile application for coaches, who work in grassroots sport with athletes aged between 14 to 21 years of age. The project is led by ICSSPE member, the University of Hull from the UK. Other project partners include Kea Fair Play Code Hellas, Agence Francaise De Lutte Contre Le Dopage, The Association For International Sport For All (TAFISA), the French National Anti-Doping Agency, and others.


ASPIRE, led by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding among sports coaches to work with and support refugees in Europe. ICSSPE will be contributing to the research and material development part of this project.


WHISTLE - Whistleblowing of Harmful Irregularities In Sport Through Learning & Education – is led by the Greece-based K E A sports transparency integrity protection hellas.  WHISTLE aims to inform and activate partner countries to recognize harmful irregularities in sport and introduce comprehensive whistleblower legislation to protect those who speak out and ensure that their claims are properly investigated.  ICSSPE will be joined by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, National University of Physical Education and Sports, Bucharest, the Cyprus Sport Organization, and the International Council for Coaching Excellence.


SGO2017 is led by Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies. The main aim of the Sports Governance Observer 2017: Benchmarking sports governance across national boundaries is to assist and inspire national sports organisations to raise the quality of their governance practices. This initiative is meant to enable sports leaders and outside stakeholders to measure, discuss and amend the governance standards and practices of sports organisations by adapting and applying the Sports Governance Observer benchmarking tool. In addition, the project seeks to establish sustainable networks, educate and train sports leaders, researchers, as well as government representatives, and disseminate national as well as comparative international and national data.


The project periods last between two and three years starting January 1st, 2017.

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