Project partners

The project ’Strengthening Athlete Participation in Sport’ seeks to strengthen the influence and representation of athletes in sport through increased democratisation of sports governance and management. The project is coordinated by Play the Game along with a number of partners.

Swansea University, Wales, UK
Swansea University is a UK Top 30 research-intensive university established in 1920. The university offers a wide range of research-led undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and, alongside five top European universities, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sport Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI).

Swansea University is represented by Dr Andy Harvey and Mike McNamee, Professor of Applied Ethics and director of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Sport Ethics and Integrity, who will act as the research coordinator of the SAPIS project.

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Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Utrecht University was founded in 1636 and has evolved into a modern and leading institution with a growing international reputation. The university conducts fundamental and applied research in a wide array of disciplines, including ‘Sport & Society’. Utrecht University offers a great number of bachelor's and master's degree programmes, such as ‘Sport management and Sport Policy’, run by the School of Governance (USG)

Utrecht University is represented by Professor Maarten van Bottenburg and Assistant Professor Arnout Geeraert from the USG.

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Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is a public, international and research-intensive university founded in 1990. UPF consistently ranks among the top five Spanish universities in terms of academic efficiency. The last few years the Department of Philosophy of Law has started to work in the field of Sport Law and Philosophy, organising several workshops and activities related to Sport Law and Sport ethics including the International Conference on Sport Global Governance.

Pompeu Fabra University is represented by Lecturer in Legal Philosophy, Alberto Carrio Sampedro.

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University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia. It was founded in 1919 and ranks among the top 3% of universities in the world. The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes and also offers a Master’s course on Sports Management.

University of Ljubljana is represented by Professor Simona Kustec-Lipicer, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Professor Mojca Doupona from the Faculty of Sport.

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European Elite Athletes Association
European Elite Athletes Association (EU Athletes) was set up in 2008. It is the leading European multi-sport federation of player associations (sports trade unions) with 35 members in 18 different European countries in a wide range of different sports. More than 25,000 elite athletes are represented through the membership.

EU Athletes brings the member player associations together to share best practice, form collective policies on behalf of players, and develop and deliver education and training programmes. EU Athletes is owned by its members and acts as a consortium of player associations from across Europe.

EU Athletes is represented by its Secretary General, Paulina Tomczyk.

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Football Players Association of Finland
The Football Players Association of Finland (Jalkapallon Pelaajayhdistys Ry (JPY)) seeks to protect players’ interests and to improve the conditions of all football players in Finland. JPY has a special focus on combatting betting-related criminal activity through prevention work among the players.

JPY is a part of the PROtect Integrity Plus Erasmus+ project and also participates in the EU funded project ‘Mind the Gap’, which seeks to enable athletes to transition into a post sport career.

JPY is represented by Harri Syväsalmi, former head of sport in the Finnish Ministry of Education of Culture.

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The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation
The Nederlands Olympisch Comité * Nederlandse Sport Federatie (NOC*NSF) is the umbrella organisation for sports in the Netherlands. The 74 member organisations account for more than 23,000 sport clubs which totals 5.3 million people involved in organised sports. As the country’s Olympic Committee, it develops and promotes the Olympic Movement in the Netherlands.

NOC*NSF is represented by Chiel Warners, member of the Athlete Committee and a member of WADA’s Athlete Commission.

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