In 2011, the EJC joined a research consortium that aims to contribute to the European Commission’s so-called ‘Preparatory Actions’ initiative, setting the groundwork for the EU’s future sports strategies. The consortium is led by the Danish Institute for Sports Studies / Play the Game, and includes, in addition to the EJC, six other project partners (Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium; IDHEAP Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne; Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, School of Governance, The Netherlands; Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies at German Sport University Cologne; Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, University of Loughborough, UK; and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia).
In practical terms, the project’s objective is to set up a global index for good governance in sport. The first step is to carry out a thorough empirical analysis of the governance practices a number of sport organisations are applying. The expert group will simultaneously run an academic research that should set theoretical foundations for future efforts.
The second phase of the project focuses on building a measuring mechanism, which could be used by the sport organisations themselves and by their stakeholders to reevaluate and redefine their governance standards.
This project is funded by the European Commission.