TAFISA joined various sports organisations operating at the European level and co-signed a position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sport sector.
The worldwide pandemic has been impacting all segments of society, and the sport sector is particularly threatened. During these trying times, with a considerable amount of people finding their ability to go outside and exercise restricted for safety and health reasons, sport for all and physical activity stands out as a crucial element to integrate as part of people's daily lives to maintain good levels of wellbeing, fitness and mental health. The Sport for All and grassroots sports movement, comprised of mostly non-profit organisations providing opportunities for physical activity through programmes and events, can thus play a key role to support people through the outbreak.
"The sport sector is eager to make its contribution to the revival of what was once considered a normal way of life. Sport can help individuals and societies to soften the negative effects of the crisis on their lives through mechanisms that can contribute to people's health, socialisation, education and a general sense of wellbeing."
The sport sector is however threatened by the pandemic, as many activities in the field have to be adapted, postponed or even canceled, and the many volunteers that run the sector are not able to contribute as much under lockdown and physical distancing guidelines. The Global Sport for All Movement constitutes an essential part of society and brings about a positive change in the lives of people. As such, we believe it must be protected and safeguarded, and a set of measures has been identified to support this essential sector.
You can read the Position Paper here:Position paper on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the sport sector
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