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FAIR PROJECT

Forum for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport ‘FAIR’ PROJECT

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The Forum for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport 2 (FAIR ) project is based on the insights provided by the Study on Doping Prevention in Recreational Sport[1] of January 2015, completed by EuropeActive as the consortium leader. 

This 3-year project will review the existing interventions on doping in recreational sport and food/supplements for sportspeople; and will raise awareness of doping issues among stakeholders. Moreover, it represents a first opportunity to develop a Europe-wide network to assess good practices and develop new methods. This network can provide a basis for both future policy development and a long-term common approach in the prevention of doping in recreational sport.

FAIR will be a project with strong long term outcomes, targeting a wide audience beyond the participating organisations at European, national and regional levels. A strong evidence-base will assure the quality of the project and its design aims for a sustainable and long-term impact.

Context

There is a growing concern that doping outside the elite sporting system is an expanding and problematic phenomenon, giving rise to the belief that the misuse of doping agents in recreational sport has become a societal problem and a public health concern. Although different forms of collaboration exist in the elite and competitive sport domain, a consistent solution across Member States has been difficult to establish in the context of recreational sport which the FAIR project aims to investigate and to make concrete recommendations based on good practices.

Objectives

Objective 1

  • Review existing doping prevention interventions, including for food and food supplements which are aimed at sports people
  • Report on their good practices which are proven to be effective
  • The framework of the Study on Doping Prevention will provide a good ground for developing a Europe-wide network to review and evaluate existing approach
  • 2 expert groups, with stakeholders from the private sector and relevant public national agencies, will be established to assist in the review and recording of interventions in anti-doping activities (1) and in the area of food/supplements for sport people (2).
  • A PhD student will be appointed to undertake research into effectiveness of existing anti-doping interventions in recreational sport.

Objective 2

Provide a forum for open discussion and objective thinking about reducing the prevalence of doping for performance- and image-enhancing purposes.

 

  • An annual forum will be organised.

With the aim of:

  • Presenting work-in-progress/outcomes of the evaluation of doping prevention and food/supplements for sport people
  • Provide an EU-wide platform for discussion, debate and cooperation to key stakeholders
  • Contribute to the dissemination of good practice, study outcomes and anti-doping policy and actions in the EU.
  • It will be open to stakeholders and organisations with an interest in this subject.

Objective 3

Inform key stakeholders and policy makers on evidence-based planning and encourage them to adopt the good practices and to use the information material/tools to raise awareness of doping issues to their users.

 

  • The project website will allow the targeted groups to have an open access to all the relevant information and material created during the project.
  • EU-wide code of practice, policy recommendations, “awareness-rising” toolkit will be available and addressed to the EU/National level as well as to clubs, recreational sport associations and sport coaches/trainers/instructors.

 

Partners

Finances

The total estimated expenditure for the project is 397,000 euro with a Commission contribution of 317,600 euro.

Duration

FAIR is a 3 year project. The eligibility period is 1st of January 2017 to 31st December 2019.

Anti Doping Code of Conduct

FAIR website

 


Project Reference: 579574-EPP-1-2016-2-BE-SPO-SCP
Programme: Erasmus+
Sub-programme: Sport
Action: Collaborative Partnerships

 


[1] Study on Doping Prevention, A map of Legal, Regulatory and Prevention Practice Provisions in EU 28, European Commission DG EAC, Sport Unit, 12 December 2014, http://ec.europa.eu/sport/news/2014/docs/doping-prevention-report_en.pdf