Developing a standardized physical activity and sport monitoring system for Europe

WHO/Malin Bring

On 18–19 January the European Union Physical Activity and Sport Monitoring System (EUPASMOS) project was launched in Budapest, Hungary. The project aims to establish a standardized system to monitor physical activity levels and sport participation across Europe. The project is jointly funded by the European Commission, through the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, and participating Member States.

During the kick-off meeting, Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport highlighted the importance of sport in driving innovation and economic development, as well as the urgent need for comparable and reliable data to ensure evidence-based policy-making across all policy fields. Support for the objectives of the project was emphasized by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, João Paulo Rebelo; the Hungarian Deputy Secretary of State for Sport, Péter Sárfalvi; the President of the Hungarian School Sport Federation, Gábor Balogh; and the President of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth, Augusto Baganha.

Following the initial work of a coordination team, led by Paulo Rocha from the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, project participants are now collaborating to achieve the ambitious goal of a valid and reliable system to monitor physical activity and sport across Europe. A standard monitoring system will provide better information for countries to evaluate physical activity policies and strategies and enable more accurate comparisons of physical activity and sports participation between countries. This system will benefit all countries in the WHO European Region through the development and dissemination of a toolkit to help countries to implement a standardized system of monitoring and surveillance.

WHO, as an external associate partner, is working actively with the project coordination team to provide technical support to project partners along with Europe Active, The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), the European Platform on Sport Innovation (EPSI), the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The project is currently being implemented in 12 countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Italy, France, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. All remaining Member States are encouraged to join the project.

For more information, and for updates on the project, please visit the EUPASMOS website. The project findings will be released at a major conference in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2019, hosted by the Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth.