Grassroots Sport Diplomacy

Welcome to the first website dedicated to Grassroots Sport Diplomacy!

Grassroots Sport Diplomacy

Grassroots Sports Diplomacy is a concept of relevance for developing external relations for the EU and official European bodies; national governments and national governmental agencies; and national NGOs and other stakeholders in grassroots sport. The project addresses all three groups of stakeholders, acknowledging that, as a part of public diplomacy, a strong civil society component is essential for the concept to be credible and successful. The partners comprise governments, sport NGOs, expert institutions, and non-EU partners. The goal of the project is to develop the necessary foundation for a qualified and systematic role of grassroots sport in international relations, which will ultimately enhance grassroots sports participation.

Grassroots Sports Diplomacy

ISCA and our partners have pioneered the concept of Grassroots Sport Diplomacy – now we invite you to join the journey with us!

IN PRACTICE: Find out more about the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project and how this new concept works in practice. Learn from our international pilot initiatives, from people who already are working in Grassroots Sport Diplomacy roles and specialists in diplomacy from around the world. Discover the potential of this work, as well as the challenges you may face out in the field and how to address them.

RESOURCES: What is Grassroots Sport Diplomacy? How does it differ from other types of diplomacy? Download our latest reports to learn more from the pioneers of this concept as we present an extensive mapping of existing initiatives, theory and perspectives on the concept from international experts working in diplomacy. We will continue to add tools for you to use in your work as we develop and unearth them.

ONLINE COURSE: If you want to know how you can start working in this area, we invite you to dive into the concept in more depth on Grassroots Sport Diplomacy online course. It is a free resource for individuals, NGOs, organisations delivering community sport and physical activity initiatives – and anyone who is interested in learning more about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy.

Grassroots Sports Diplomacy

The relationship between diplomacy and sport may, at first glance, seem obvious and even familiar – but Grassroots Sport Diplomacy is a unique concept being explored by ISCA and our partners from the grassroots sport and physical activity sector.

Grassroots Sports Diplomacy & ISCA

ISCA is leading the Grassroots Sport Diplomacy project together with international partners. ISCA is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity.

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