A Preparatory Action - normally the successor of a successful pilot project on the same matter - is designed to prepare new actions like EU policies, legislation, programmes etc. with funding for not more than three years.
This action intends to conceive and test innovative solutions to make supply and demand of sports meet.
Grassroots sports is a traditional and slowly evolving area. Society in general and individuals’ needs and preferences regarding sports, however, change more rapidly. Indeed, participation figures highlight a growing mismatch between the provision of opportunities for sports via traditional sports organisations and the demand for sports from individuals. The way in which sports associations and clubs are organised and their lack of innovation prevents them from bridging this gap. This project will challenge parties outside the traditional sports structure to propose innovative solutions to bring sports supply into line with individuals’ demand at all levels, and provide a sports innovation ecosystem to make it possible for new ways of playing sports to be offered to the general public faster.
In order to produce a working innovative ecosystem for grassroots sports organisations, two things are needed: new, soft programmes offering sports in new ways, and a flexible sports infrastructure able to host different sports at a single location.
This preparatory action aims to identify and test multiple promising innovations in both categories. To achieve this, innovation challenges will be organised that select and reward promising innovations by any interested party (institution, company, start-up, individual(s) or other parties), which can be introduced and tested over a substantial period (minimum six months). The funding will be invested in soft programmes and new (small) sports infrastructure.
Actions will promote new forms of practicing sport, such as (non-exhaustive list):
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries).
The available call budget is EUR 1 945 500.
Projects should normally range between 12 and 18 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).