Rijeka’s Sports Association
51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Financed by the local self-government, the alliance of Rijeka’s sports associations is involved in all the major sporting events in the city, thus indirectly taking care of 180 sports clubs, which together have around 18,000 active members.
As the initiator of the Sports Strategy until 2020, the association has set itself a number of goals, including improving competitive sports, promoting media interest by developing major clubs that have a direct effect on the image of sports and the City of Rijeka, and involving top athletes in the city’s public life. The association also attaches particular importance to the availability of organized sports programs to young people, regardless of their financial abilities, as well as to the development of programs that link pre-school, school and university activities to sports activities.
To reach the standards of the European countries, Rijeka’s Sport Association is actively working on involving as many citizens as possible in public sports programs.
Slovenia’s Olympic Committee – Association of Sports Federations established the Slovenian Anti-Doping Organization (SLOADO) in 2013 as an independent national anti-doping organization (NADO).
The organization’s programs and activities are defined in line with the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, and include competitive and non-competitive tests, result management and therapeutic use exemption process, aimed at protecting the rights and interests of athletes and allowing them to train and compete in a doping-free environment.
SLOADO is governed by a five-member Management Board, which consists of two representatives of national sport federations, a representative of the Foundation for Financing Sports Organizations, a representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and a representative Slovenia’s NOC Athletes’ Commission.
Inspired by the work of the pacifist Danilo Dolci, CESIE was established in 2001 when over 400 projects were carried out. The Italian arm is a member of the CESIE Federation, which is composed of over 70 organizations throughout the world.
Their experience of working on a number of sports projects such as Co-Net, Urbact and Sport Plus, makes them a valuable partner on this project. Moreover, they currently boast 90 active projects on the local, European and global level.
Promoting intercultural communication, supporting social inclusion and equal opportunities, and promoting advancement of vocational training, lifelong education and development of entrepreneurship are just some of the goals of the organization.
These goals also include strengthening sustainable development and solidarity globally, developing networks and connections on the local, national and international level, and supporting international cooperation.
Bulgaria’s Sports Development Association was founded in 2010 and is a nonprofit public organization devoted to developing sports and advancing the sporting culture in Bulgaria.
The association’s team is young, creative and full of innovative spirit, dedicated to the association’s goals, including a sustainable development of physical education and sports in Bulgaria; addressing youth problems; protection of children, youth, professional athletes, coaches, sports figures and sports organizations; and development of prevention through sports. The association employs 13 experts and relies on 30 volunteers.
In 2009, the municipal authorities in Mirandela, Portugal (Municipio de Mirandela), formed a unit in solely charge of sports. Its responsibilities include providing financial support for various sports associations, managing funds, and organizing and implementing sports events and other activities related to sports development, all under the “sports for all” motto.
That has resulted in a much better sports offer, which has become more advanced and diversified. They regularly cooperate with 26 sports organizations, including national federations, regional associations and local clubs.
The Swedish Sports Confederation is an umbrella organization consisting of 70 special sports federations and 21 district sports federations. Nearly half of Sweden’s seven million inhabitants between the ages of 7 and 70 are members of sports clubs – as managers, trainers, supporters, active competitors or keep-fitters.
Some two million of these are active athletes but less than 1% of them compete on a national championship level. This makes Sweden one of the world’s most sporting nations, and the Swedish Sports Confederation is acting proactively to encourage lifelong sports participation.