What are the links between Education and Sport?

There are huge links between education and sport. This can be anything from the participation in sport as physical education being part of the national curriculum in the UK to the education of various issues through the medium of sport. Such issues can include both racism and the growing problem of obesity.

The European Year of Education through Sport

What was the European Year of Education through Sport?

The European Year of Education through Sport was held in 2004 with the aim to raise awareness about the potentially beneficial links between education and sport.

Dedicated Issues

Each year the European Union has a special year which is dedicated to a particular issue. In 2004 it was the year of Education through Sport.

European Union involvement in Sport

Prior to the year of Education through Sport a survey was undertaken which showed that just under half of those European Union citizens who took part in the poll said that they practiced sport or took part in some kind of sporting activity at least once a week and that a high percentage of them felt that more could be achieved by education through sport.

Prior to the year of Education through Sport it was felt that there was not enough links between educational systems in the European Union and sports organisations in their country.

Amateur activities

The projects through the European Year of Education through sport were aimed specifically at promoting the positive values of sport through the amateur levels of sport.

However, links were built with the various international professional sporting events that were happening throughout Europe that year for example the Ice Hockey World Championships, Euro 2004 and with particular importance the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Greece – the fact the biggest sporting event was being held in Europe was instrumental in promoting education through sport.

Was there funding made available for sport through the European Year of Education through Sport?

The countries which were eligible for funding under the European Year of Education through Sport were the EU 25 plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

What is meant by the EU 25?

The EU 25 is the original 25 European Union Member States.

What were the key aims of the European Year of Education through Sport?

The core aim of the European Year of Education through Sport was to raise awareness in the European Union Member States which were participating in the initiative of the three following aspects:

The different aspects of sport, which are as follows:

  • Competition
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Socializing
  • The positive values associated with sport, which are as follows:
  • Tolerance
  • Team spirit
  • Fair play
  • Strength of character
  • The links between education and sport, such as:
  • The links between educational institutions and sports organisations
  • The social inclusion of disadvantaged persons
  • Multiculturalism
  • Voluntary activities
  • Pupil mobility

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For more information on:

  • Which European Union body coordinated the project?
  • The Sports and Education Programmes
  • Was the project considered a success?
  • Building on the achievements of the European Year of Education through Sport