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News 19 Feb 2020

EL & ENGSO renew partnership for grassroots sport

EL ENGSO renewed partnership

EL and ENGSO, the European Sport NGO commit to enhancing the role of grassroots sport in 2020–2021

Aiming at strengthening the natural link between the members of EL and ENGSO – national lotteries and not-for-profit sports umbrella organisations – the renewed two year agreement highlights the mutually beneficial collaboration in different areas in line with each organisation’s strategy, striving for responsibility, society, sustainability and integrity.

EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier: “I strongly welcome the renewed partnership between EL and ENGSO over the next two years. As both Associations share similar core values, I am convinced that we will achieve much more together, taking our cooperation to the next level, in the highest interest of society and a credible and values-driven grassroots sport in Europe”.

ENGSO President Stefan Bergh: “Today, the role of sport in society is more and more recognised, also raising the expectations for grassroots sport. In such a time, the support of EL members for grassroots sport cannot be underestimated. The partnership between ENGSO and EL is essential for further enhancing the societal role of sport at a European level. We are thrilled about the continued mutual commitment and ready to explore further activities to reach our joint goals.”

EL and ENGSO have been cooperating for over 11 years. Most recently, 2019 saw the second successful edition of the European Sport Platform in Rome, the conclusion of the ASPIRE project on the inclusion of refugees through sport, and the successful submission of the SPIRIT project on sport and mental health, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme and EL. Since its conception, the two Association have also actively supported, as official Partners, the European Week of Sport, an annual European Commission led initiative. One particular highlight was a joint event to raise awareness about the importance of equality and ethics in sport.

Both Associations look forward to continuing their partnership and collaboration over the next two years for the benefit of society and grassroots sport in Europe.



  • Visit the EL website here
  • Visit the ENGSO website here
  • Read more about EL’s new Narrative here
  • Related article: Grassroots sport as a vehicle for inclusion and empowerment of refugees here
  • Related article: Throwback to ASPIRE: conclusions and recommendations: available here
  • Read more about the SPIRIT project here

EL contacts:

Alvise ANGELINI, Senior Policy Advisor & Sport Secretary
Tel: +32 2 234 38 25, Email: Alvise.Angelini@european-lotteries.eu

Lucy Lenaers-Mathieson, Communications Officer
Tel: + 32 2 234 38 23, Email: lucy.mathieson@european-lotteries.eu

ENGSO contacts:

Kaisa Larjomaa, ENGSO Secretary General
Tel: +32 484 33 95 38, larjomaa@engso.eu