Latvian Sports Federations Council is a non-governmental foundation created in 1993 with the purpose to unite sport federations in Latvia and act as their umbrella organisation. It coordinates activities of the sports federations in Latvia, contributes to strengthening of their capacity, represents and implements their common interests. LSFC also certifies sports professionals (coaches) and is responsible for recognition and introduction of foreign professional qualifications in Latvia. LSFC cooperates with the government and local authorities, promotes sport development and cooperation in the field of sport, as well as participates in the decision-making processes related to sport.1
Latvian Sports Federations Council
LSFC currently has 90 member federations including 82 sports federations and 8 sport sector federations that further unite sports clubs and other sports organisations throughout the country. At the end of 2016 the total number of members in these collective federations was 19 323 having more than 125 850 people practising sports. LSFC ensures that all federations get an equal support to implementation of their sports programmes and enables everyone to engage in sport activities and lead an active lifestyle.
In cooperation with the Latvian Association of Local Governments, LSFC coordinates development of the sports industry in the Latvian regions and municipalities and strengthens cooperation ties between the Latvian authorities and the sports federations. It represents Latvia in the European Non-Governmental sports organisation (ENGSO) and since 2016 is the national coordinating body for the European Week of Sport in Latvia.
Following the Sports Policy Guidelines for 2014–2020, LSFC develops and maintains a common register of sports and is responsible for implementing of the guidelines in Latvia along with other tasks including assisting sports federations in organisation of sports events and participation in the sports competitions locally and internationally, as well as promoting a healthy and active lifestyle among different groups of society and organisation of public sports events.
Key activities: policy coordination with state institutions; participation and support in international events organized by sport federations in Latvia; coordination of the European Week of Sport in Latvia.
Significant affiliations: Member of Latvian National Sports Council (Chairperson is the Prime Minister); Ministry for Education and Science (Higher State official responsible for Sports); Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments; member of Anti-Doping Committee; the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisations (ENGSO).
Size of the organisation: 11 Executive Board members (Chairperson of the executive board is president); 9 full-time employees (Secretariat – administrative office), 2 part-time employees, 6 expert commissions – 25 members (volunteers).
European Week of Sport
European Week of Sport is an initiative of the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The overarching campaign theme remains “#BeActive”, and encourages everyone to be active during the Week but also to stay active all year long.
Focus themes: Education, Workplace, Outdoors, Sport Clubs and Fitness centres
EWOS is taking place every year from 23-30 September across Europe.
Latvian Sports Federations Council is the National Coordinating Body for EWOS in Latvia.
Latvian Winter school olympic festival
Winter Festival is based on Olympic values – excellence, friendship and respect. During the 2 day event – competitions in various winter sports takes place with the opening ceremony and the victory ceremonies. The recent new adition has been the team relay with activites testing not only the physical condition of participants, but as well team work and ingenuity. Winter Festival main target group is pupils from age between 10 and 19.
Competitive spirit and feeling of the winter festival atmosphere is the core of the project!
Festival has a long history and is organised in cooperation with Latvian Olympic Committee and local municipality.
Erasmus+ Sport project: Encouraging girls participation in sport 2
EGPIS2 is an Erasmus+ project aimed at the development of women’s sport that aims to identify tools to overcome the most common barriers that prevent girls’ to practise sport.
The project means, through research and development of guidlines and training training course, to find answers when it comes to promoting equal opportunities in sports, concerning the specific target of girls and young women.
At the same time, the projects wants to promote the well-being and social inclusion through sports, since it has at its core a conception and a practice of sport not as a necessarily professional activity, but as something aimed to everyone: well-being, socialization, intercultural dialogue and dialogue across generations are at its core.
Project partners: ENDAS (Italy), Catalca District Directorate of National Education (Turkey), the Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), Hranice Development Agency (Czech Republic), Varmsland Sport Federation (Sweden), The Access to Sport (UK), Mirandela Municipality (Portugal), Bulgarian Sports Development Association, Latvian Sports Federations Council
Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019
Erasmus+ Sport project: "Women’s empowerment in sport and physical education industry – MIRACLE"
Miracle project aims to empower women in management positions in sport organizations by providing sport administration course to show women how strategically us their strenghts and abilities while mastering their competitive mindset, as well as become more confident in a competitive, male-dominated industry and to set a networking platform of women leaders in sport which would work on voluntary bases to support and counsel their young women peers who just starting sport administration career.
Project partners: Lithunian Union of Sports federations, National Olympic Committee of Lithuania, Kaunas Judo Club “Ryto Saule”, Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano, Latvian Sports Federations Council
Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018
Erasmus+ Sport project “Promotion and encourAGement of recreatiONal team sport”
The aim of the project was to promote active lifestyle in adolescents ages 13 – 15 that are at risk for obesity and adolescents with fewer opportunities (NEET) using recreational team sport and their guiding principles both on and off the pitch as the main tool.
Project partners: Latvian Sports Federations Council, International Floorball federation, Latvian Floorball union, Latvian Handball federation, Latvian School sport federation, Czech Handball federation, Estonian Floorball Union, Estonian Handball association, Foundation of sport education and information, Lithuanuan Union of sports federations, Lithuanian Handball federation, , Lithuanian Floorball federation, Polish Handball federation, Polish Floorball federation, Polish Olympic Committee
Project duration: 1 January 2015 - 31 December 2016