Sport&EU founding member gains European award

Published on 16 November 2010 by in News

Borja Garcia collects award in the Committee of the Regions.

The work of Sport&EU was recognised by think tank and the European Commission.

A founding member of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union, Dr Borja García, has been recognised with a ‘European Citizen of Honour Award’ for 2010.  Dr García, based at the Loughboorough’s Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, was presented with the award on 9 November by the think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté in the ‘academics’ category. The award was voted by more than a hundred sport experts and journalists from across Europe, that selected the person ‘who best demonstrated through his academic work that sport is a factor of reinforcing European citizenship’. 

The European Citizen of Honour awards have been established by Sport et Citoyenneté (Sport and Citizenship) to reward prominent personalities of sport in Europe. It is the first time the awards have been presented. Sport et Citoyenneté is the first European think tank in the field of sport. It is a forum for new thinking and lobbying which aims as putting forward the core values of sport in society, in the realm of politics, economics and media issues. Laurent Thieule, President of Sport et Citoyenneté said: “We are very glad to reward Borja with this first ‘European Citizen of Honour Award’ that has been created within the framework of the Europe for Citizens programme by the European Commission. For many years Borja has been conducting works of public interest that highlight the key role of sport in Europe.”

Alongside Dr García, other winners of this year’s European Citizens of Honour awards are Paralympic athletics Champion and former President of the European Paralympic Committee, Enrique Sanchez-Guijo Acevedo (Sportsperson category), Europe en Sport (Association category), and the former European Commission President, Jacques Delors, and UEFA President, Michel Platini (Institutional category).

Accepting the award, Borja García reminded that this award is a recognition for the collective effort of Sport&EU members. It would never have been possible without the excellent work of all the members of Sport&EU. They have made possible for sport to raise as a prominent area of research within the EU studies academic community.

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