“Empowering Your Sport Club, Children and Youth for the Environment in the Mediterranean Region (SportEYE)” is a transnational and multi-sectoral cooperation initiative co-funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme, involving partners from the Olympic Movement, Sport for Development, Academia and civil society, working together to activate and mobilize the local communities in order to improve the good governance and impact the capacity of team sports clubs on SDG’s indicators from a holistic perspective, through the incorporation of a comprehensive multilevel curriculum that reaches managing and training staff, and ultimately children and youth.
In September 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda, which has at its heart the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17aspirational goals and 169 specific targets aimed at “transforming our world” by 2030. These objectives are focused on realising the idea of securing human rights, thus ensuring people and their living conditions; sustainable management of the resources provided by the world we live in; and securing a prosperous and fulfilling life, where societies and their communities are peaceful, just and inclusive. On the other hand, some years later, in 2019, UNICEF defined Sport for Development as "the use of sport or any physical activity to give both children and adults the opportunity to maximise their potential through programmes that foster personal and social development”.
Nevertheless, even though a lot of work is being done with an environmental sustainability perspective within the professional sport context, there is still a long way to go to incorporate this perspective into the day-to-day practices of sport clubs. Europe is far from achieving sustainability and many key social and environmental indicators have already crossed red lines, particularly in the Mediterranean region, which has seen an alarming increase in the impact of the climate crisis, exacerbating environmental problems due to rising pollution levels, unsustainable consumption and tourism, and a decline in biodiversity.
In this context, the aim of SportEYE is to empower sports clubs, children and young people and educate them in environmental sustainability within the geographical and social scope of the European Mediterranean arc.
Coordinated by the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC), SportEYE is jointly implemented with the International Centre for Sport Security Europe (ICSS Europe), Futbol Mas Spain, PLAY International, the “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” (UCSC), “Fundación del Centenario del Sevilla FC” and the European Football for Development Network (EFDN).
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