Nova CHILD new EPSI member

EPSI welcomes its new member Nova Child.  For more information about Nova CHILD please visit Nova Child

Registration is open now: Sport Technology Matchmaking at the Grand Départ Düsseldorf

EPSI and Enterprise Europe Network invites you to the SportTechMatch 2017, an international matchmaking event that will be organised on 30 June 2017 in the wake of the start of the Tour de France (‘Grand Départ’) in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Tour de France is the biggest annual sports event in the world and it combines tradition with the latest innovations in several areas. The event will comprise a SportTechMatch conference, business meetings and a company mission on the day before. The intention will be to establish international partnerships between companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as between companies, researchers and technologists.
Partner regions are: Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia. EPSI is one of the supporters of the program. 

SportTechMatch business meetings

The conference will be followed by a business meeting event organised by the Enterprise Europe Network. Companies, researchers and technologists will be offered a chance to meet potential foreign partners active in the field of cycling and other sports technologies. In pre-arranged face-to-face meetings they will have a chance to establish profitable new cooperation opportunities in business, technology transfer and research & development. Participants will have the opportunity to publish cooperation profiles on this website and to send and receive cooperation requests. On the basis of accepted requests b2b meetings will be scheduled which will take place on June 30th.

Main topics

  • Sport&Innovation
  • Sport&Health – Health conditions, performance testing and monitoring
    (measurements, sensors, etc.); functional food and drink technology
  • Sport&ICT – ICT solutions and media, simulation technology
  • Sport&Materials – Advanced materials for sports equipment, clothes and footwear

Why to participate?

  • Expand your international sports network
  • Meet potential business partners in a short time
  • Choose your meetings in advance
  • Transfer of knowledge and technology

Targeted participants

  • Companies
  • Universities
  • Research institutes

for more information and  registration visit: https://www.b2match.eu/sporttechmatch2017

Cluster project EU4Sports Alliance successful in China Mission

China is a sports market on the rise. In 2016, the turnover generated by the sports industry in the Asian giant exceeded 200,000 million euros. Considering this promising economic figures and within the framework of the EU4SportsClusters Alliance project, INDESCAT, Cluster Sports & Technology and Cluster Montagne jointly took part in a trade mission to Beijing, organized from 13rd to 16th February, in coincidence with ISPO Beijing.

As part of these European sports clusters, 17 European companies and organizations from France, the Netherlands and Catalonia  joined a trade mission to Beijing with the aim of establishing business relationships with the Chinese sports industry in the mid-term.

The European delegation visited different public institutions in order to get a deep knowledge of the Chinese sports ecosystem, such as two different areas of the General Administration of Sport of China. On the one hand, they visited the Sport Equipment Administrative Center, a department of GASC linked to sports equipment (equipment purchase, bidding and management for national sports teams, market development of Chinese Olympic Committee and national teams, etc.). On the other hand, they visited the Winter Sport Center the highest administration for winter sports in China (focusing not only on the Olympics, but also on sports promotion, marketing, research, biddings, etc.), which also runs the Chinese Sporting Goods Federation.

As part of these collective meetings, the delegation visited Decathlon’s flagship store located in Beijing. The company offered a complete overview of the Chinese sports sector, together with a broad description of its strategy and business plan in this huge market. On the last group visit, a global Chinese project was presented to enhance sport practice in Beijing: a sports complex on football and winter sports to be inaugurated by the end of 2018.

The European organisations also attended ISPO Beijing, the leading multi-segment sports exhibition in Asia. Located at the Chinese National Convention Center, it gathered 728 sport brands and attracted more than 40,000 visitors. With the aim of exploring future collaborations between this global sports business platform and the clusters members, the three participating clusters met Tobias Gröber, ISPO General Director. ISPO Beijing also became a perfect scenario to meet the General Secretary of the China Sporting Goods Federation, a Chinese association made up of 700 members engaged in research, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of sporting goods.

The European participant companies also had the chance to get individual agendas to meet local companies and organizations. More than 130 bilateral meetings were organized between the Chinese and the European organizations to promote future business relationships among both markets.

Within the framework of the EU4SportsCluster Alliance project, four markets have been analysed (the USA, Japan, China and Iran), two missions will be carried out (China and the US, which will take place in September) and five export groups are being created to facilitate companies internationalization.

Besides being a sports market with a sustained economic growth, China has hosted numerous world sports championships over the years. Moreover, China is the first country in the world to host both the Summer Olympic Games (2008) and the Winter ones (2022). Those, among others, are the reasons why the EU4SportsClusters Alliance project has chosen China as an important and valuable target market for companies in the sports sector.

Sport Technology Matchmaking at the Grand Départ Düsseldorf

 

EPSI and Enterprise Europe Network invites you to the SportTechMatch 2017, an international matchmaking event that will be organised on 30 June 2017 in the wake of the start of the Tour de France (‘Grand Départ’) in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Tour de France is the biggest annual sports event in the world and it combines tradition with the latest innovations in several areas. The event will comprise a SportTechMatch conference, business meetings and a company mission on the day before. The intention will be to establish international partnerships between companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as between companies, researchers and technologists.
Partner regions are: Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia. EPSI is one of the supporters of the program. 

SportTechMatch business meetings

The conference will be followed by a business meeting event organised by the Enterprise Europe Network. Companies, researchers and technologists will be offered a chance to meet potential foreign partners active in the field of cycling and other sports technologies. In pre-arranged face-to-face meetings they will have a chance to establish profitable new cooperation opportunities in business, technology transfer and research & development. Participants will have the opportunity to publish cooperation profiles on this website and to send and receive cooperation requests. On the basis of accepted requests b2b meetings will be scheduled which will take place on June 30th.

Main topics

  • Sport&Innovation
  • Sport&Health – Health conditions, performance testing and monitoring
    (measurements, sensors, etc.); functional food and drink technology
  • Sport&ICT – ICT solutions and media, simulation technology
  • Sport&Materials – Advanced materials for sports equipment, clothes and footwear

Why to participate?

  • Expand your international sports network
  • Meet potential business partners in a short time
  • Choose your meetings in advance
  • Transfer of knowledge and technology

Targeted participants

  • Companies
  • Universities
  • Research institutes

for more information visit: https://www.b2match.eu/sporttechmatch2017

Best wishes for 2017

EPSI and its members wish you all the best for 2017.  EPSI will continue to stimulate collaboration and innovation in 2017 for a healthy active society. We hope you will all join us!!

new EPSI member

EPSI is proud to welcome Faculty of Sport, University “Union – Nikola Tesla” in Belgrade as a new EPSI member. For more information see member info

New EPSI orientation paper

New EPSI orientation paper on R&D priorities for intense physical activity practice in the context of longer healthy life years for all

The members of EPSI have identified a list of research and innovation priorities to be addressed through projects to support a continuous massive adoption of healthier lifestyle through sport practice and maintaining the users as long as possible in their current or new sport activities in the best way possible (e.g. with the support of training, social and technological tools). Thus sustaining business development in the sport area.

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The House of Sport hosts European Week Of Sport Conference – “Physical activity: tomorrow’s cure”

FESI and the House of Sport are yet again calling on all EU stakeholders to keep sports, top of mind. EPSI is one of the co-organisers of this event.

On 13 September 2016  the House of Sport organised a “State of the Art” Symposium entitled – “Physical Activity: Tomorrow’s cure”. With Europe being plagued by shockingly high levels of inactivity across all ages and social groups, it is a top priority to raise awareness on the fact that physical activity is an important contributor to a wide range of domains, including human health and well-being. Moreover, physical activity has also found to make a significant economic impact and plays a crucial role with regard to our collective economic health. It is the latter that FESI seeks to highlight, as its core activity is to improve economic and policy knowledge in the field of sport-related industries and particularly in the sporting goods sector. As the sole representative of the European sporting goods industry, FESI has successfully convinced the Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs to launch a specific study on the economic dimension of sports. The study seeks to research the economic importance of sport-related industries and has the objective of formulating policy-recommendations on how to boost the industrial competitiveness of these industries and specifically of the sporting goods sector. Within this context, FESI addressed the theme ‘healthy economies’ during the second round table at the House of Sport Conference.

Emphasizing the multidimensional benefits of sports, FESI and the House of Sport are a strong advocate for physical activity and its integration in EU policies. The alliance is therefore applauding the fact that researchers and policy makers are finally acknowledging this cause and evidently, the twenty partners are supporting European Week of Sport (EWOS) with great dedication. By combining their efforts, the House of Sport alliance seized the EWOS momentum to showcase positive health-enhancing physical activity examples and practices. The symposium also had other objectives, including:

  • The delivery of a consolidated message on the need to raise the profile of sport, leisure & physical activity;
  • Identifying & highlighting several good practices in Europe, whilst pointing out factors of success;
  • Drawing concrete & operational recommendations directed at European institutions, the sport sector and the general public.

Within this light and reflecting the vision of the House of Sport, in addition to the previously mentioned theme (‘healthy economies’ ) the symposium centred on: healthy lifestyle and healthy societies. The conference was kick-started with a welcome speech by Alain Courtois – first Alderman of the City of Brussels. This was followed by two opening speeches featuring Yves Le Costecque, Head of the European Commission Sport’s Unit and Ms. Gitte Lambrechts-Courtois, Physiotherapist and mother of Belgium’s football goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Also, were the round tables moderated by key-stakeholders in the European Sports network. To put theory into practice and to set a clear example, all attendees were invited to participate in a 2 KM walk.

FESI Secretary General Alberto Bichi commented that “as a founding member of the House of Sport alliance and as an activist, FESI will continue to raise awareness on the long-term benefits of physical activity and to emphasize the detrimental effects of the lack thereof. Representing the sporting goods industry, it is our duty to make sports accessible to the European public – irrespective of age, origin and socioeconomic status. For that purpose, we remain closely involved in cross-sectoral incentives that push sport on the political agenda.”

EPSI Brokerage event

On September 28th, EPSI will be hosting the next EPSI brokerage event. Based on the recently published EPSI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, ideas for innovative project initiatives will be presented by EPSI members.  Representatives from the European Commission will be present to explain and elaborate funding opportunities provided by the European commission.

September 12th: House of Sports conference 2016

As a starting event in the 2nd European week of Sports, the Brussels based House of Sports is organizing its conference with the topic: “Physical activity: tomorrows cure”.  EPSI is one of the partners in the house of sports and one of the organizers of the event.

12 september event


The European Week of Sport

For the second time, the European Week of Sport will be held in September 2016. The official campaign will be launched on September 10th 2016 and will last throughout the month. This initiative, implemented by the European Commission for the first time in 2015 aims at promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. 31 National Coordinating Bodies, supported by 30 European partners fostered the organization of 7000 events across Europe, mobilizing 6 million participants.

The House of Sport

Building on the momentum of the first EWoS, the House of Sport was created in September 2015 as a joint initiative of now 20 leading organizations[1] in the sport and active leisure sector.The main objective of this platform is to benefit from stakeholders’ synergies and join efforts in an organized cross-sectorial approach to raise awareness on the benefits of sport and physical activity.

[1]ACES, EPSI, EFCS, FESI, EuropeActive, ICSS, Sport and Citizenship, EHLA, Sporsora, FEDAS, EMCA, EC-OE, EFSMA, ENOS, IJJF, FIM, ESSNA, EOG, Play International and ENAS

A “State of the Art” Conference

Physical activity is an important contributor to human health and well-being, and the full extent of its benefit is only now becoming acknowledged by researchers and policy makers. The physical health outcomes of regular physical activity are compelling and pressing.

Physical activity is important for people of all ages. However, evidence suggests that activity levels, in Europe and elsewhere, are often low and overall declining.

As our knowledge of the importance of physical activity grows, so does our awareness of the concerning rates of inactivity across Europe, for all ages and social groups. In a majority of countries in Europe, large proportions of the population are so inactive that their health is at risk. In case of children, sedentary lifestyles place them at an increased risk of chronic and/or non-communicable diseases in both the short- and long-term.

Ironically enough, the physical health outcomes of regular exercise are so compelling and urgent that they are in danger of excluding other outcomes by their dominance. This would be unfortunate, as the cases for the wider benefits of physical activity suggest that it can make distinctive contributions to a wide range of domains, including educational achievement, the development of life skills and social skills, as well as psychological well-being and collective economic health.

The 20 House of Sport partners share these observations. This document presents a concept to join efforts in supporting the European Week of Sport by organizing a “State of the Art” Symposium on the following topic:

“PHYSICAL ACTIVTY: TOMMORROW’S CURE”

Program details

Unlike the save the date indications the conference will take place now only on September 12th in Salle Gothique (Hotel de Ville, Grand Place, 1000 Bruxelles) during the European Week of Sport and will stage three distinctive panels: healthy bodies; healthy economies; healthy societies.

The attached program also includes high-level speakers, sessions and deepening discussions on topics of your own choice with Q&A sessions. The event will be an excellent environment for matchmaking and interact with sports organizations, policy-makers, and governmental partners.

At the end of the conference a 5KM walk will be organized by Energy Lab. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Participation in the conference

You can register here or by sending an email at fesi1@fesi-sport.org