The seminar took place at at Hotel Silken Berlaymont in Brussels on 8 April from 9-16 under the headline:
“The Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport”
At a seminar attended by over 100 sports organisation leaders and experts in Brussels today, the Sports Governance Observer was launched by a group of experts from six European universities coordinated by Play the Game.
The Sports Governance Observer is a measurement tool by which anyone with basic insight into his or her own sports federation can check the performance of the organisation within four dimensions: Transparency, democratic processes, checks & balances and solidarity.
The tool has been developed in cooperation with leading experts from six European universities and the European Journalism Centre as a part of the AGGIS project.
In total, five EU Projects on sports governance joined the seminar and used the occasion to present their final or preliminary project results. Four projects were presented by the European Olympic Committees (EOC), Supporters Direct, Sport & Recreation Alliance and the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA).
See the final seminar programme
The speakers at the seminar have kindly shared their presentations. Below, you can find the presentations from the AGGIS group as well as presentations from the four other EU funded projects on governance and SportAccord:
Arnout Geeraert, PhD student, KU Leuven, Belgium
Jens Alm, analyst, Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Denmark
Michael Groll, scientific co-worker, German Sports University Cologne, Germany
AGGIS presentation: Existing sport governance frameworks and principles
Michael Mrkonjic, PhD student, IDHEAP, Lausanne, Switzerland
AGGIS presentation: What is good governance?
Barrie Houlihan, professor, University of Loughborough, UK
Hans Bruyninckx, professor, HIVA, KU Leuven, Belgium
Sport 4 Good Governance
Folker Hellmund, head of the EU Office of the European Olympic Committees
Gabi Freytag, Director of the Leadership Academy of DOSB, Germany
“Better Boards, Stronger Sport”
Mikkel Larsen, governance administrator, Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK
Good Governance in Grassroots Sport
Saska B. Tomat, project manager, International Sport and Culture Association, Denmark
Sylvia Schenk, board member, Transparency International Germany
Improving football governance through supporter involvement and community ownership
Antonia Hagemann, Head of European Development, Supporters Direct, UK
International Sports Federations: Better Governance, Jeopardized Autonomy?
Ingrid Beutler, Director, Integrity Unit, SportAccord, Switzerland