Associations that represent the lottery industry The European Lotteries (EL) and the European Sports NGO (ENGSO) recently partnered on a combined webinar to highlight the importance of sport, mental health, and well-being during European Week of Sport (23-30 September).
EL stated that it and ESNGO have the same basic values of accountability, sustainability, and integrity, and that they are united in their efforts to promote mental health and well-being through sport and physical activity in order to encourage people to become more active.
Common values and initiatives
EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier commented:” The pandemic has brought us all more digital interactions which no doubt has a negative impact on our physical health. As a result, the role of sport for physical and mental health is more important than ever.
“EL and ENGSO share common values and now is the time to follow up and accelerate our common initiatives and projects.”
The SPIRIT Project (Sport & Psycho-social Initiative for Inclusive Training), of which EL is a partner, aims to enable national members to work together to engage grassroots sports clubs, civil society organisations, and local governments in the European Commission’s #BEACTIVE campaign, with a particular focus on ensuring health through the promotion of mental health and well-being.
ENGSO President Stefan Bergh added: ”Cooperation is a must. We must work together and include several stakeholders, from international organisations to local sports clubs, in order to address and prioritise mental health in and through sport.
“I would like to thank our long-term partner The European Lotteries, for a fruitful and inspiring cooperation, and for helping us improve the lives of Europeans through strengthening the grassroots sport movement in Europe.”
The webinar’s presentations focused on EL members’ best practises and activities for promoting well-being and mental health through sport and physical activity.
Most common health problem
ENGSO presented the findings of its SPIRIT project, as well as SPIRIT partners’ experiences with sport as a means of promoting mental health and physical activity among persons of migrant origin (The Flemish Athletics Federation). Mental illness is the most common health problem among young people, according to ENGSO Youth, and athletic activities can help.
Norsk Tipping and OPAP, both EL members, concluded the webinar by emphasising the importance of national lotteries in supporting grassroots sports communities and offering a long-term source of funding for European social programmes and sport.
The European Commission announced the initiative ‘Healthy Lifestyle for All’ during this year’s European Week of Sport to promote a cross-sectoral approach to health and physical activity, as well as to develop a community of practise across generations and social groups. EL and ENGSO are now official partners of the Healthy Lifestyle for All campaign, in addition to being official partners of European Week of Sport.