In May 2018, the European Union released a comprehensive study detailing the economic impact of sport across its 28 Member States.

Based on the Sport Satellite Accounts of member states and using data from 2012 as the basis for the study, results show that sport-related Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was nearly 280 billion Euro, or 2.12% of total GDP within the EU. In addition, nearly 5.7 million employees could be attributed to sport. In other words, around every 47th Euro and every 37th employee in the EU are directly sport-related.

Austria, with its mountains, lakes and wealth of outdoor activities, leads the way, with over 4% of its GDP and more than 5.5% of its employment coming from sport. On the other end of the spectrum, Latvia only accrues 0.64% of its GDP via sport, while Romania only has sport-related employment to the tune of about 1.2%.

Of use for both practitioners and researchers, the full study can be found here.

Last month, the European Union published a bevy of sports-related statistics that are sure to be of use to both researchers and practitioners alike.

Most notably, after a four year gap, the new Eurobarometer on sport and physical education was released in March. Profiling various sport and physical activity trends across Europe, the report unfortunately indicates a continued decline in sport participation. In fact, the proportion of those who say they never exercise or play sport has increased from 42% to 46% Europe-wide. Given this troubling direction, it continues to be up to the sport education sector, and the sport sector writ large, to find ways to combat these trends.

The full report can be here.

And, thanks to cooperation between Eurostat and the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), sport statistics related to the social and economic dimension of sport have been put together and summarized in an comprehensive, easily digestible publication, which can be found here.

In the year 2016, the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, an ENSE member — with the support of streetfootballworld, ENGSO youth and VDAB — was commissioned by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union to investigate sport’s contribution to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The final report of this study was released last month.

This study investigates sport’s contribution to the employability of young NEETs (not in employment, education or training) in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its aim is to identify the key components needed to effectively produce outcomes in sport for employability programmes. Through this, a generic ‘programme theory’ for optimal sport for employability programmes then developed which identified the key components, mechanisms, relationships and a presumed sequence of causes and effects.Thus, this study can also be used as a robust basis for monitoring and evaluation of existing programmes, as well as to optimise design and implementation of future initiatives. Insights from this study also provide the basis for a number of policy recommendations

The full report, titled Study on the contribution of sport to the employability of young people in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy is available here.

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