Play the Game/AGGIS finalised their EU Preparatory Action by hosting the seminar “The Challenges for Europe in the Governance of Sport” last Monday, 8th April in Brusels, attracting over 100 representatives of sport and stakeholders in sport.

Five presentations were made by: the EU Preparatory Actions, the EU Sports Unit and keynote speakers Pâquerette Gérard-Zappeli, Ingrid Beutler, Darren Bailey and MEP Morten Loekkegaard.

The aim of the seminar was: to use the EU projects as a leverage for strengthening the issue of sports governance on the public agenda, and creating a framework for an open, fact-based and constructive debate on the challenges facing the sports movement, the EU and society at large. It was noted that it is encouraging the number and the scope of people and organisations that are now committed to improving the governance of sport.

At the seminar Play the Game also delivered the following results of their own EU project called “Action for Good Governance in International Sports Organisations (AGGIS)”:

1)    The new measuring tool for governance in sport called “Sports Governance Observer” which has been developed in cooperation with six European universities and the European Journalism Centre

2)    A full 240-pages report including a test survey on certain governance parameters in 35 Olympic federations as well as a dozen of articles about the fundamental dimensions of good governance, Swiss and EU legislation etc. The articles are written by academic experts with a broader public in mind

3)    A re-launched homepage where you will find reports from the seminar, short video interviews with their experts, reports for download and a variety of documents on sports governance produced in other settings

All AGGIS partners have committed to continue the project after the expiration of the EU Preparatory Action this month. The first task is to refine the Sports Governance Observer and make it ready for carrying out a full report on governance in the international sports organisations.

The first Sports Governance Observer report will be launched at Play the Game 2013 from 28-31 October in Aarhus, Denmark. Play the Game 2013 will deal with sports governance from many different perspectives, and if you are interested in contributing to the debates, do not hesitate to contact Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies and/or submit an abstract via

Download the AGGIS reports on good governance in sports organisations