Sport and Social Inclusion

Journal n°6, by the Think tank Sport and Citizenship

To bring this year to a close, we’d like to offer you some original thinking on sport and sustainable development.

This is not the most obvious combination of ideas. True, the notion of sustainable development has become so deeply ingrained in modern life that we might easily settle on the basic question: how sport can help us to protect the environment. But the subject is ultimately far more complex. We are faced with a set of economic, social and human challenges that demand a global response cutting across many sectors, as well as individual contributions from citizens.

We don’t intend to examine every aspect of the question; our coming issues will go into more detail. Nonetheless, with the help of several European specialists, we attempt to identify what a coherent policy for sustainable sport might look like.

We’ve approached the problem from different angles. Our aim is to reach a basic consensus about a way of governing sport that would better respond to the needs of social cohesion, economic fair-play, human well-being and respect for natural resources and those around us. All of this requires an exchange of best practice and greater interaction among the main players; the creation of a European research capability devoted to these questions; and a greater harmonisation of the rules in force.

Our national and European institutions, the sporting movement, certain corporations but also a number of athletes and individuals have already understood the need to take action. This commitment is genuine but sometimes not enough. Let’s find the courage to live up to our good intentions- and let’s do it now.

Table of Contents:


Alex Corretja, Former Tennis player..

Manolis Mavrommatis, MEP.

Pedro Velazquez, European Commission.

Emir Kir, COCOF.

Mel Young, Homeless World Cup.

Jens Brinch, Play the Game.

Samuel Eto’o, FC Barcelona Player

Special Feature – Sport and Social Inclusion

 » From a culture of action to a culture of project « 

Marie-Andrée Gautier, Head of National Resources “Sport Education Insertion”

Loïc Lanu, task officer at the National Resources division

 » Sport, vector of social inclusion? « 

Marc Clément, university lecturer

 » The strongest social profile belongs to grassroots sport « 

Mogens Kirkeby, CEO of International Sport and Culture Association

 » Sports for Rmists’! From sports contract to social contract? « 

François Le Yondre, Haute-Bretagne European University

Martin Gendron, PhD Professor

 » The integrative virtues of sport: a sociological question? « 

Astrid Schubing, reasearch engineer, Sport Sciences Institute

Pierre Weiss, Doctoral student in sport

 » Sport and Social exclusion in Britain « 

Mike Collins, Professor at the Gloucestershire University

 » Sport’s contributions on detainees’ social inclusion « 

Johann Cauët, CEO of Territorial Animation

Danièle Salva, Deputy director of Vie Associative

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