EPSI is a base-networking organisation within Europe that strives for a more innovation-friendly environment for the European Union’s (EU) sports industry. EPSI has embraced a cross-sectoral approach, which covers the health, economic, social and cultural dimensions of sport, and it has cooperated with a growing number of partners, including universities, research institutes, clusters, industries and organisations.
EPSI is created with the aim to initiate and kick off activities among its members to respond to regional, national and European industrial and societal challenges. This leads to projects with the aim of finalising and deploying innovation and contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge, product and services into society. The platform on itself focuses on physical activity related to sport leisure and health. EPSI is at EU level the partner of the sport sector to stimulate and strengthen the innovation potential of academic and industrial stakeholders and especially SMEs. It also provides access to an increasing network of sport Field Labs for creation, development and evaluation of sport products and services. EPSI is partner of the House of Sport which gathers 23 partners throughout Europe.
EPSI counts amongst its constituents a great variety of members amongst which there is FESI which is the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry with some 2100 affiliated companies, 11 National associations as well as one sectoral federation operating in the outdoor environment. These companies can be defined as both suppliers and retailer operating in the 3 main sport sectors i.e. textile / apparel; footwear and hardware with a majority of members coming from small and medium sized enterprises as opposed to big multinational. The relevance of sport companies in this project is all the more confirmed since ultimately they play a key role in the sponsoring of sports governing bodies and therefore can influence changing behaviors and good governance approaches.
Currently, the TSV Bayer 04 has about 9,500 members. 13 sports divisions and areas cover all age groups with comprehensive services in the area of mass, disabled and competitive sports. With its long tradition in mass sport as well as ten gold medals, eleven silver and 13 bronze medals at the Olympic Games and 82 medals at Paralympic Games, the club is among the most successful in Germany. The TSV Bayer 04 stands for an exemplary promotion of junior athletes. In addition to the sporting education, the focus is on school and career support for young athletes.
The common credo for all areas is: We are a large solidarity community in sport and we want to support people in lifelong sports. The club has existed for 113 years and although we are almost exclusively seen by
the athletic successes of our athletes, among our current membership of 9834 almost 7000 members are part of mass sport. The association currently employs 264 people.
In the competitive sport area, we participate in the following sports in a first national league: Basketball, handball, football, judo, volleyball. We work in the individual sports fields of athletics, fencing, judo and handicapped sports with the goal of reaching national top positions and to participate internationally in the European Championship, World Championship, Olympic and Paralympic Games and to be successful there.
OLYMPIACOS SYNDESMOS FILATHLON PIREOS (OLYMPIACOS CLUB OF PIRAEUS FANS) was founded on March 10, 1925. It is one of the largest multi-sports clubs in Greece and one of the biggest worldwide. Olympiacos S.F.P.is successfully active in football, basketball, volleyball, water polo, handball, track and field, swimming, sailing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking, ping pong, fencing, boxing, tae kwon do, kick boxing, capoeira with the divisions of beach volley and tennis to be added in the coming months. It is the only club in Greece and one of the few in Europe that has established itself with numerous successes and can proudly state to have won 304 championships, 115 Cups, 17 Super Cups, 7 League Cups in total in domestic competitions and at the same time 5 European Championships, 1 International Cup, 1 Balkans Cup, 2 European Super Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 Top Teams Cup, 1 Cela Cup and 1 Len Trophy. Moreover, the network of Olympiacos Football Schools is the oldest one and it has been running for fifteen years with 44 schools in Greece, 5 of which are located in Cyprus and 2 in United States, educating more than 7.000 children, 600 athletes in their Amateur Divisions and over 1.500 children in the Academies of these divisions. Moreover, almost half the Greek Olympic delegation that participated in Rio 2016 Olympic Games was comprised of Olympiacos red-and-white athletes and coaches. In total 25 individuals from 4 different disciplines – swimming, rowing, water polo and fencing_ strived for the best in the biggest world athletic celebration.
Olympiacos is more than a Club. Always loyal to its founding values and Olympic ideals without forgetting its roots and obligations, it undertook in its founding principles, the day it was established on March 10th 1925, highly contributes to the promotion of the spiritual role of Greece and the establishment of the ideas and values of Olympism, Culture, Education and Sports, on an international level. In this respect, Olympiacos is the sponsor of the International Olympic Academy, the spiritual pillar of the International Olympic Committee and to the same direction, it sponsors the Hellenic Olympic Academy and contributes to the Panhellenic Educational Programme “FAIR PLAY”, offering to the educational programme of Olympic Education and Olympic values. Owing to the positive values sport embodies, Olympiacos is a club capable of combining emulation and moral, promoting the values of sports by constantly nurturing and educating athletes as persons, ensuring fair sporting contests, and reinforcing solidarity and respect. Olympiacos’ code of ethics is binding on all its members and embraces a range of ethical practices pertaining to the history, conduct and culture of the organization, as a whole, instilling values of integrity, equity and transparency. Olympiacos was born by the people and will always refer to the people, regardless of nationality, gender or age.
ICSS INSIGHT is an independent, neutral and global organisation that pursues a vision of a clean, safe and secure sport. Headquartered in London and Geneva and operating offices in Brussels and Cascais, the ICSS INSIGHT works in close partnership with a wide range of public and private leading organisations, including national and international federations, leagues, clubs and other sport organisations, as well as with governments, regulators, international authorities and the wider sports industry.
ICSS INSIGHT is the European branch of the International Center for Sport Security, which is an international, independent and not-for-profit organisation with an aim to improve security, safety and integrity throughout the world of sport.
Promoting a new collaborative environment to safeguard sport, the ICSS INSIGHT is committed to fostering the implementation of the highest standards in terms of youth development, good governance, financial integrity, sports betting integrity and human rights in sport. In this context, the ICSS INSIGHT is one of the founding organisations of SIGA – Sport Integrity Global Alliance (siga-sport.net).
ICSS INSIGHT has developed a proactive stance in the fight against corruption and other detrimental practices in sport and addresses emerging trends which further threaten sport at global level, such as issues around third-party ownership, financial integrity, good governance in sport and protection of young athletes. ICSS INSIGHT benefits of a team of international experts, advisors and specialists; from sectors including law enforcement, international policy, sport, government and anti-corruption; has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from working within sport and governmental organisations such as the United Nations, UNICEF, INTERPOL, the European Commission, the IOC, the Council of Europe, FIFA and UEFA.
ICSS and ICSS INSIGHT work is underpinned by scientific-based concerns, with key stakeholders and academia and in result it has actively contributed for several key-studies, handbooks or reports in matters of good governance, financial integrity in sport or sport betting integrity, such as:
- SORBONNE-ICSS Guiding Principles on Sports Betting Integrity :
- HARVARD Kennedy School’s Off Pitch: Football’s financial integrity weaknesses, and how to strengthen them: http://sports.growthlab.cid.harvard.edu/files/ICSS EUROPE/files/cid_wp_311.pdf (in the framework of ICSS EUROPE’s FITS Project (Financial Integrity and Transparency in Sport)
- UNODC-ICSS EUROPE Resource Guide on Good Practices in the Investigation of Match-Fixing https://www.unodc.org/documents/corruption/Publications/2016/V1602591-RESOURCE_GUIDE_ON_GOOD_PRACTICES_IN_THE_INVESTIGATION_OF_MATCH-FIXING.pdf
Through the “Save the Dream” initiative, ICSS and ICSS INSIGHT promote and protect the core values of sport for young people. “Save the Dream” works to empower youth and inspire societies towards a sport free from corruption, violence, discrimination and any other misconduct. In pursuit of these aims, several projects have been undertaken including:
- Partnering with the International Association of Sport Journalists (AIPS) on a project that is educating young journalists about the values and integrity of sport and on a new digital video channel that will spread positive stories about the values of sport.
- Partnering with UNICEF and child protection organisations in Brazil to protect children from violence and discrimination during major sporting events.
|HAŠK Mladost having for the last 55 years a three level system of internal governing (Executive Board – Presidency – Assembly) has proved efficiency on a long-term duration. Having specific and challenging relations with its social and political surrounding, especially the City of Zagreb, and having more than twenty lawsuits regarding the ownership of the Sport Park Mladost in the past thirty years, HAŠK Mladost has been put to extreme scrutiny from the institutions of authority. Before being a topic of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and lateron having mixed promises and relationships with the local and national governments, HAŠK Mladost has been able to protect its sport structure and member clubs from unfriendly and pretentious intentions. Considering three medals from Rio 2016, HAŠK Mladost stands out as a case where results and success are achievable and represent a value to its management, staff and members. HAŠK Mladost has proven that with cooperation between various sports and competition systems coaches, instructors and professional staff are able to share and complement their experience and know-how not only on a current basis, but through a lasting long-term commitment.
Founded in Zagreb in 1903 (under the name of Hrvatski akademski športski klub) the Croatian club was conceived as a modern sport organisation to gather existing sports and promote and introduce new ones. One of the characteristics of sports at that time was broadening the multisport approach where members practised various sports, often depending on the season of the year. In 1990 with the democratic changes in Croatia the association turned its name into “HAŠK Mladost of the University of Zagreb” (Hrvatski akademski športski klubovi Mladost), receiving the approval of the Rector of the University of Zagreb to add the name of the University to its name. Through the history members of HAŠK Mladost sports won 42 Olympic medals.
Currently HAŠK Mladost is the largest academic sports society in Croatia, consisting of 28 sport sections (of which most famous are Rowing, Athletic, Water Polo, Swimming and Volleyball) with more than
altogether 4,200 sport athletes. In 2018 the club celebrated 115 years of continuity and excellence.
HAŠK Mladost having for the last 55 years a three levels system of internal governing (Executive Board –Presidency – Assembly) has proved efficiency on a long-term duration. Having specific and challenging
relations with its social and political surrounding, especially the City of Zagreb, and having more than
twenty lawsuits regarding the ownership of the Sport Park Mladost in the past thirty years, HAŠK Mladost has been put to extreme scrutiny from the institutions of authority. Before being a topic of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and lateron having mixed promises and relationships with the local and national governments, HAŠK Mladost has been able to protect its sport structure and member clubs from unfriendly and pretentious intentions. Considering three medals from Rio 2016, HAŠK Mladost stands out as a case where results and success are achievable and represent a value to its management, staff and members. HAŠK Mladost has proven that with cooperation between various sports and competition systems coaches, instructors and professional staff are able to share and complement their experience and know-how not only on a current basis, but through a lasting long-term commitment.
The Wiener Sport-Club (WSC) was founded on the 24th of February as Wiener Cyklisten Club in 1883. In the following years a lot of other sports were implemented into the club. In 1886 fencing become a part of the club. Also, in the same year a gymnastics section was implemented. From this moment on the club was an all-round club. In 1907 football has joined the club. The Wiener Sportvereinigung joined the Wiener Cyklisten Club and the WSC was born. After the name change a lot of other sports have joined the club. The club had a lot of sections in his years of exist next to cycling, fencing gymnastics and football there were also Handball, Ice-Hockey, Tennis, Boxing, Athletics and Winter Sport section. Due to the World Wars and other circumstances a lot of sections disappeared.
Now the club consist of eight sections:
- Water polo
- Athletics (Running)
The Club was and is very successful. Our football team could win the Austrian Championship three times and the National Cup once. Roland Losert, one of our fencers, won the World Championship in 1963, Hanelore Hradez was a participant at the Olympic games in 1972 (individual and team – foil). A lot of Austrian Championships individual and as a team the fencing section could achieve. The Squash section has an incumbent European Champion – Clemens Wallishauser. The youth teams of the Water polo section are winning every year some Austrian Championships in different age classes. The Swimming section has a lot of Austrian Championships in different age classes.
The WSC has approximately 400 Members.
Created in 1994, SPORSORA (the Association of Sport’ Economy Agents) gathers more than 200 members (advertisers, agencies, rightholders, medias, training and studies institutes), and representing 600 professionals, market experts and athletes who meet, interact and act pursuing in the general interest.
Sporsora’s mission is classified under 4 different axis:
- Promoting sports business actors’ interests and status in a social, economic and complex political environment;
- Promoting a responsable community by developing and implementing fair and ethical practises;
- Optimizing sustainable and profitable investments of brands in sport;
- Developing sports marketing as a lever for management, communication and innovation;
Sporsora provides the following services to their members:
- Promote their activities and reach stakeholders (government, journalists, professionals) through our communication channels : website, newsletters, media partners, events;
- Receive advice from experts, market surveys, key figures, legal datas and best practises in France and abroad through the tab « Ressources » on the website;
- Get a weekly press review (France and abroad) dealing with sports marketing news;
In addition, SPORSORA organises several events with the participation of European sports stakeholders, such as the Sports Economic Forum at MEDEF (French Employers’ Association) headquarters, the sports Marketing Awards, ‘Rendez-vous’ Conferences, the Lunches with important sports maketing actors, etc.
Finally, it is worth to stress the publications division, covering studies such as ‘Sport and sustainable development : tools and good practices’, ‘Sport and sponsorhip: the good practices of sport marketing’ or Sport and KPI : which evaluation criteria to manage a sports marketing strategy’.
Aalborg Boldspils club is founded in 1885 and is a club that host football, American football, floorball and now this year E-sport. We are well founded and are the backbone behind the Superliga club AaB. We have about 1,200 members who every day enjoy the fun of sport. We are placed in Aalborg East, which is a area in North jytland where there are a area with high unemployment an low education.
In our club we have large focus on match fixing, fair play and governnace, and we would like to advance the experience that are around Europe about these topics.
We have earlier worked with EMCA (European Multisports Clubs Association) and are now in a EU project with “Sport for all”.
The CSC is an autonomous body of the Government of Catalonia (attached to the General Secretariat of Sport of the Ministry of Presidency) set up by the governmental Decree 35/2001on February 9th 2001.
The main goal of CSC is to formulate and implement the sport’s policy of the Government of Catalonia, including the promotion and organisation of sport activities at school and university level. To carry out these activities, it counts with a staff of 149 people.
The 5 main objectives in which CSC is involved are:
- Increase of physical activity practices and leisure and competition sports at local level, in collaboration with federations, clubs, universities and schools, among others.
- Improvement of quantitative and qualitative levels of the training, health, legal an technical entities that support sport practices.
- Improvement of equipments and facilities for sport practice, at grass-root and professional levels.
- International promotion of Catalan sport.
- Support and promotion of sport as a key aspect of the culture in Catalonia.
CSC promotes ethic codes of good governance and quality management of sporting organisations in Catalonia though specific agreements and the provisions on their funding strategy (managed through competitive call for proposals).
Furthermore, in 2017 the CSC has launched a new governance model in consensus with the sporting community of Catalonia, which should be the roadmap for the next 25 years. This strategy counts with the participation of the public and private sector (both for profit and non-for profit). It covers differens domains of governance in sports: social, scholar and educational, high competition, economy & finances and politics.