The ‘National Sports Governance Observer’ project distinguishes between ‘Full’ and ‘Associated’ Partners. All partners are fully committed to the project and its implementation and have their travel and subsistence costs in relation to the project’s planned meetings reimbursed.
Full Partners undertake the responsibility to conduct the academic research and write the national reports in their respective countries.
Associated Partners are committed to give advice, assist with the development and implementation of the benchmarking tool, and disseminate knowledge about and results from the ‘National Sports Governance Observer’.
Full Partners (Academic research and reporting)
KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe.
LINES [Leuven International and European Studies] is the KU Leuven’s institute for the study of international politics and European affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Utrecht University, founded in 1636, has evolved into a modern and leading institution with a growing international reputation. The Shanghai Ranking ranks the university in the Netherlands on 1, on a 13th place in Europe and worldwide on a shared 52nd place. The University is home to around 30,000 students and 6,500 staff. One of its Master’s programmes is ‘Sport management and Sport Policy’, run by the School of Governance (USG).
The German Sport University Cologne (GSU) is Germany’s most important academic centre of teaching and research in physical education and sport science – and one of the largest specialised universities world-wide. With 20 scientific departments it covers a wide range of sport science in teaching and research. The Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies and its newly established chair for sport politics aim to contribute to the European dimension of sport in particular.
The University of Warsaw (UW, since 1816) is a public research-oriented university, Poland’s largest and finest university. From its beginning UW has played a major role in the intellectual, political, and cultural life of Poland, and is recognized worldwide as a leading academic centre in Central Europe.
Molde University College (MUC), Norway, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, has approximately 25 academic staff, and comprises highly qualified professors and associate professors with mixed international backgrounds within the fields of economics, finance, political science, law and sport management. Around 10-12 are engaged in teaching and research activities within the field of Sport Management.
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies (FJSC). The faculty is devised as an academic institution, whose purpose is to train professional journalists, able to answer the needs of modern journalism, as well as specialists of advertising, public relations and research in various fields of communication.
Associated Partners (advice, implementation, dissemination):
The Cyprus Sports Organisation (CSO) was established in 1969 and is the highest Sport Authority in the Republic of Cyprus. It is a semi-governmental, non-profit organisation and it is politically supervised by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
The Flemish Sports Confederation (The Vlaamse Sportfederatie - VSF) is the umbrella organization of the sports federations of the Flemish Community in Belgium. The VSF hereby represents app. 90 sports federations and their app. 19,000 sports clubs and app. 1.4 mio. members.
The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) is a non-profit organization established in 1909. The institutional vocation of the FRF is to promote football all over the Romanian territory, to develop the football phenomenon in all its amplitude and to provide an organisational model for Romanian sports.
The Danish Football Association (Dansk Boldspil-Union; DBU) was founded in 1889, and is a founding member of both FIFA and UEFA. DBU is the governing body of football in Denmark and is the largest sports association in Denmark, with more than 330,000 players in app. 1,600 Danish football clubs.
The Polish Golf Union (PGU) was founded 1993. Currently, it associates 72 golf clubs, which, in turn, have about 4,100 members, who have a sport license (handicap card). Since 2012, PGU members are also the Golf Instructors Association PGA Poland and the Polish Senior Golfers Association.
Norwegian Football Association (Norges Fotballforbund; NFF) was founded in 1902, and became a FIFA member in 1908, and a UEFA member i 1954. NFF is the governing body of football in Norway, and the largest sports association in Norway.
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) under the Council of Europe aims to promote sport and emphasise its positive values, to establish international standards and develop a framework for a pan-European platform of intergovernmental sports co-operation, while at the same time helping the public authorities of the 37 EPAS member States, sports federations and NGOs to promote sport and make it healthier, fairer and better governed.
The International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) is the world’s largest network of national and international organisations that are concerned with sport, sport science and physical education. Since 1958 ICSSPE has reached out to millions of people across the globe through research activities, knowledge sharing and capacity building, as well as policy advice and development.
The European Association for Sports Management (EASM) was established in 1993 as an independent association of people involved or interested in the management of sport in the broadest sense. EASM membership is composed of academics and professionals from the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. Members of EASM come from nearly 40 different countries, and from every continent.