Sport promotion plays a very important role in supporting the achievement of the recommended levels of physical activity in the European population. The aim of this document is to support advances in policy-making for physical activity promotion by highlighting recent national policy developments in the area of sports promotion, with a focus on synergies and discrepancies with the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity. The document presents and discusses the main results of a content analysis of the most recent national sports strategies in the Member States of the European Union and suggests ten key points for policy-makers.
The policies and documents collected in connection with the development of this document are available in the WHO database on nutrition, obesity and physical activity (NOPA database). The database provides Member States with information about existing policy documents, legislation and other approaches to sport and physical activity as well as diet, nutrition and obesity in the European Region.
This document was developed in the framework of a project on “Promoting networking, exchange and greater synergy between sport and health-enhancing physical activity sectors” (NET-SPORT-HEALTH), co-financed by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture under the Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport 2009.