The 2021 edition of the annual Erasmus+ Sport Infoday took place on the 23rd and 24th March, and for the first time ever, the event was entirely virtual. Stakeholders of the physical activity and sport sector eagerly participated in the awaited event to gain insights on the new Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027, that is yet to be released. The latter’s budget has been confirmed at 470 million EUR, a considerable increase to the previous programme’s 265 million EUR, which also reflects in the sport specific budget: 53 million EUR will be available primarily for sport actions in 2021. Through the new programme, 3 main sport actions will unlock access to this funding: Cooperation Partnerships, Small-Scale Partnerships, and Not-for-Profit European Sport Events. 
 
The horizontal priorities of the programme are Inclusion and Diversity, Green Dimension, Digitalisation, and Common values, while sport specific priorities are to be articulated around: 
 
  • Encouraging sport and Health-Enhancing Physical activity (HEPA) 
  • Promoting integrity and values in sport 
  • Promoting education in and through sport 
  • Combatting violence and tackling racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport  
 
During this 2-days informative event, representatives from the EACEA agency of the European Commission presented the novelties of the new Erasmus+ Guide and provided explanations about the process beneficiaries should follow in order to apply and receive grants for proposals under the Sport action. The first day was dedicated to the Policy priorities and the presentation of the Sport Actions, as mentioned above. An intense second day followed, with three sessions about the Submission of Proposals process, the Evaluation process and lastly, the new funding mechanism. The event closed with a Q&A session and with conclusion remarks from Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Erasmus Mundus & Sport Unit – EACEA, to assure participants that the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide and calls for proposals will be launched very soon, and to wish the sport community’s beneficiaries good luck.  
 
EuropeActive has significant experience in designing and implementing projects in the field of Sport and our team is currently preparing new proposals in line with the priorities of the programme and the sport specific priorities.  
 
Recordings from the first day are available here, and from the second day here
 
More information on our current activities regarding Erasmus+ projects can be found here.  
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Mar 25, 2021 By Pauline Joskin