SPIN assists various stakeholders in sport with their questions on how sport should be planned, designed, organized and promoted in future. This area of work concerns, for example, the social and political framework conditions of sport, the organizational structures of federations and clubs, the development of opportunities for innovative sport and physical activity, and the use of sport as a tool for social inclusion.
Although sport often presents itself as non-political, it is both an object and actor of political processes. We advise political institutions such as the European Union or the Council of Europe, which consider sport a tool for social inclusion, as well as sports federations in the representation of their interests. As consultants to political institutions and numerous European sports organizations, we bring a keen knowledge of the issues and goals of both parties into the consulting processes. Our specific expertise relates to the field of international youth sports and parasports.
Sports organizations must regularly adjust to changing set-ups, members’ interests, new duties and responsibilities. We help you better understand current and future requirements, and support you in the development of applicable strategies and measures to meet these requirements in time. Our main focus lies on supporting the organizational development of transnational sports organizations and sports networks.
Sport for Development
Sport has the potential to promote tolerance and mutual respect, and it contributes to the goals of education and health. Used properly, it can be an effective initiator and catalyst for social inclusion. We work with public and private players to better harness the potential of sports for sustainable development. Through strategic consulting and special training of multipliers on site, we support projects in the area of development through sport.
The European Committee of the Regions is an advisory body of the European Union, composed of locally and regionally elected representatives coming from all 28 EU Member States. Through the CoR, they are able to share their opinion on EU legislation, which directly impact the regions and cities of Europe. SPIN advised the CoR on the development of an own-initiative opinion by the French rapporteur Jacques Blanc on Sport, Disability and Leisure. The supported policy paper is an essential document to improve the EU’s disability sport policy and to develop its Europe 2020 strategy.
SPIN supported the West German Handball Federation in its organizational development. The aim was to establish a strategy and structure for the further development of the regional federation within the German Handball Federation. First, the complexity of relevant influencing factors in the field of handball was systematically recorded through a scenario process, and the scope and potential of the organizational development was assessed. Then, a specific focus was set on the topic of demographic change. The demographic-related membership development of all handball clubs in the region was assessed, and corresponding tasks for the structural development of the organization derived. From the consulting process, structural reform of the federation was initiated.
Sport for Development
SPIN supports the German Society for International Cooperation in the field Sport for Development. The GIZ supports the German Federal Government, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in achieving its goals related to international cooperation towards sustainable development through sport. As part of our cooperation, we develop sport development concepts, carry out local sport development training sessions, and create manuals for sport development practitioners. In the GIZ sector program “Sport for Development in the Palestinian Territories”, SPIN developed approaches to effectively activate and use existing local sports infrastructure for the development goals of the German Government in the Palestinian Territories. In addition, a practical manual for local life skills coaches was prepared. As part of the GIZ project “Kick-off: Sporting activities for Development in Serbia, Kosovo and Albania”, we took over the planning and implementation of on-site training measures.