The general principles of the Estonian sports policy until 2030, prepared by the Ministry of Culture and sports organisations, were approved by the Government today, on 18 December, and will be submitted to the Riigikogu.
“The general principles of the sports policy were created in good cooperation with the sports organisations and the long-term goals set in this way are equally important for the both the field and the country. It is important to ensure that these goals would contribute to the interests of society in a broader way, since the impact of sports appears in economic growth, employment, years of healthy life, integration, tourism,” Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus said. “The document to be submitted to the Riigikogu by the Government is an important step towards providing the field of sports with long-term policy principles and trends,” Tiidus added.
The general principles of the sports policy cover a set of strategic goals and directions to be achieved in order to develop the sports field and improve the quality of life and living environment through sports. The main objective lies in significant and growing role of movement and sports in increasing the vitality of the Estonian people, creating the diversity of living environment, and designing a good reputation of the Republic of Estonia.
There are a total of four priority trends, respectively focusing on the distribution of movement and sports in society, on sports as an economic branch and employer, on sports as the carrier of values and on Estonia’s representation on international level. Each of these is divided into more precise sub-objectives that will help to carry out developments.
The general principles of the sports policy will be carried out through national strategic development plans and programmes, which provide specific activities and resources in order to implement the developments given in the general principles. Similarly to the general principles of the cultural policy, it is planned to submit an annual review of the status of the performance of the general principles of the sports policy to the Riigikogu.
The preparation of the strategy document setting long-term trends of the Estonian sports policy was initiated by the Ministry of Culture and the Estonian Olympic Committee in good cooperation with the Foundation of Sports Training and Information. During October, this document was open for public discussion and in November, the Estonian sports congress approved the principles of the sports policy.