EL Press Release: ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation) and EL (European Lotteries) Event on Grassroots Sport as a Tool for Social Change

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Lotteries, policy makers and sport stakeholders highlight the importance of grassroots sport as a tool for inclusion and empowerment  

Brussels, 27 September 2017 – The European Lotteries (EL) hosted today jointly with ENGSO and the support of the European Commission a policy discussion on grassroots sport as a tool for inclusion and empowerment. Following the presentation of some key relevant initiatives, major stakeholders, including the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the International Olympic truce Centre (IOTC) and UEFA, called for the further promotion of grassroots sport as a tool for social change. 

Commenting on the event, EL Secretary General, Arjan van’t Veer stated: “Grassroots sport should be used to integrate and empower, especially youth. EL members have made a consistent effort towards this direction, by supporting numerous relevant projects across Europe. As highlighted today, lottery funding should be safeguarded not only for the sustainable financing of grassroots sport, but also for the power of sport to empower and inspire.”

 The event, which gathered more than 50 participants, was held in the heart of the European Week of Sport (EWOS), an initiative of the European Commission seeking to encourage Europeans to be more physically active. As a partner of the EWOS, EL Members once again promoted the initiative across Europe. ENGSO and EL, along with other partners, including the CoE, also work together on the ASPIRE project, an ERASMUS+ co-funded initiative which seeks to make sport clubs in Europe more inclusive towards refugees and asylum seekers. 


  • Watch a video on the activities of EL Members to support grassroots sport as a tool for social change here
  • More information about the European Week of Sport and its promotion by EL and its Members can be found here.
  • More information on the ASPIRE project can be found here 


 For further information please contact:

Evangelos Alexandrakis, EL Sport Executive Secretary, Lausanne

Tel: + 41.(0)21.311.30.25This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 European Lotteries (EL) is the European umbrella organisation of national lotteries operating games of chance for the public benefit. EL has members from 45 European countries including all 28 EU Member States. The association’s EU members contribute more than 20 billion € p.a. to the state budgets and the funding of sport, culture, social projects, research and other causes of general interest. Unlike many commercial online gambling operators, EL members only offer gambling and betting services in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed by the respective national government.