This is a joint contract awarded by the EU Commission to a consortium that comprises:

  • European Health and Fitness Association (BE/EU) – contractor
  • Swansea University (UK)
  • Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Manfred Donike Institute for Doping Analysis (DE)
  • Flemish Community, Department for Culture, Youth, Sport and Media (BE)
  • UK Anti-Doping (UK)

The contract which starts in January 2014 has the specific objectives to:

To map, describe and analyse existing approaches to doping prevention in relation to recreational sports, to the extent that theory and practice can be ascertained from literature, and to show how these findings differ from one EU Member State to another.

To map, describe and analyse the extent to which national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) are involved in doping prevention in relation to recreational sports, thereby highlighting the links (or absence of links) between NADOs and other organisations involved in prevention work.

To map, describe and analyse the differences between Member States' legal, administrative and political arrangements governing the fight against doping (including the status, role and autonomy of sports organisations and the presence or absence of anti-doping laws) and efforts currently undertaken to promote doping prevention in relation to recreational sports.

With 28 MS national coordinators to undertake a systematic and structured review of knowledge (academic and other), based on the agreed specifications, with a view to determine whether doping prevention in relation to recreational sport is undertaken recurrently and systematically. Identify the extent to which knowledge and good practice from prevention work in other fields may be helpful in informing and guiding policies for doping prevention in relation to recreational sports. To research the position of NADOs and other organisations involved in prevention work in anti-doping interventions in recreational sports and how the expertise and role of NADOs are being used.

With 28 MS national coordinators undertake a systematic and structured review of knowledge (academic and other), regarding Member States' legal, administrative and political arrangements governing the fight against doping (including the status, role and autonomy of sports organisations and the presence or absence of anti-doping laws) and efforts currently undertaken to promote doping prevention in relation to recreational sports.

To research and identify  the mandates and missions of NADO's and the extent to which these mandates require, allow or exclude collaborations with other actors in relation to doping prevention in relation to recreational sports.

The outcome will be to develop proposals and recommendations regarding doping prevention in relation to recreational sports; to the extent that the research supports the premise that they could usefully be promoted via initiatives taken at EU level, bearing in mind the distribution of powers, roles and resources between all relevant authorities and actors, and to report to the EU Commission a final report of findings and recommendations.

For further information please contact:

The European Health and Fitness Association

Rue Washington 40

B-1050 Brussels

thesecretariat@ehfa.eu