ukactive are currently working with the pan-European consortium Green Sports Hub Europe on a project to identify barriers in sustainability in sport and physical activity. The 2021 Survey on Existing barriers on Sport & Sustainability has just been launched, and ukactive will lead the analysis of this survey.

Led by the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management, the European Volleyball Confederation, Surfrider Foundation Europe, and in collaboration with more than 15 partners, this co-funded Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union aims at tackling the knowledge gap existing within the sport and physical activity sector.

The potential of physical activity in addressing wider issues such as health, the economy and social inclusion are widely recognised by many organisations around the world and European institutions in particular. Yet the sector is facing challenges to unlock its potential through good governance, integrity and in modernising its approach to sustainable practice.

There is an increasing realisation in Europe of the impact of sport and physical activity on environmental issues, the need for sport and physical activity to “up its game” in terms of its environmental performance and to harness the potential for sport and physical activity in using its high-profile platform to drive the agenda towards environmental action.

Powered by ukactive, the 2021 Survey on Existing barriers on Sport & Sustainability aims at reducing the existing knowledge gap, by gathering first-hand information about sport and sustainability from the people and structures directly involved in the sport sector.

People from all parts of the sector are invited to complete this survey, including facilities, scientists and researchers, NGO staff, government officials, and those supplying the sport sector. The survey is available in English, French, Portuguese, Norwegian and Slovenian, and takes approximately 8 to 10 minutes to complete.

By sharing your experiences, observations, and opinions, you can support the transformation of the sector towards a more sustainable future. The survey has been designed to generate new knowledge on existing barriers and issues encountered by the sector. The consortium will use the information gathered to create tailored-made supporting tools for the sport and physical activity sector whilst drafting recommendations to advocate policy makers and governing bodies for greater support towards sustainable practices.


The survey will remain open until the end of September. The results will be summarized in a short report, which will be sent to all interested survey participants, and will also feed into a larger report on existing barriers and opportunities on the question of sport, physical activity and Sustainability.

The full survey results and analysis will be made available later in the year. For further information and press contacts for each of the participating organisations, please contact:

Surfrider Foundation Europe: Yann Leymarie:

ukactive: Pete Wells: