— Published 10 May 2022

A study for the sport of tomorrow

What will the sport of tomorrow look like? What will be its challenges? The answers can be found in a French study by the Centre d’économie et de droit du sport (CDES), led by the Agence nationale du sport (ANS) and Andes (Association nationale des élus du sport). It was published on Monday 9 May. Entitled “National study on the expectations and needs of sport stakeholders“, it was conducted between November 2021 and April 2022, based on more than a thousand questionnaires, 25 one-hour interviews and three round tables. Its summary points out that sport must face several challenges, including a change in practice, which is now more free and far from the clubs, an increase in costs due to the rise in raw materials, a deep crisis in voluntary work, and the significant impact of climate change. Analysis by Christophe Lepetit, an economist at the CDES: “The period 2000-2020 was characterised by three trends: a levelling off of the practice (especially with a licence), a diversification of the forms of practice and the aspirations of practitioners, and finally a de-institutionalisation of practices”. The study points out: “The organisation of major sports events will be disrupted by the restriction of long-distance mobility. This is therefore an opportunity for the development of all sporting events organised on a local, regional or national or even European scale. By 2035, the governance of sport should also undergo a profound change. A balance is sought between the national level and the regional or even sub-regional level to achieve overall coherence,” anticipates the French study. On the one hand, it is a question of continuing the transformation of a model that is still too centralised and not very bottom-up to take account of territorial specificities; on the other hand, it is a question of involving citizens in the decision-making process.”