• The Nature and Sports Euro’Meet created in 2011 in France will become in 2019 the Outdoor Sports Euro’Meet.

  • The Outdoor Sports Euro’meet is a biennial event that is under the aegis of and managed by the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS).

  • This great conference is a must for those responsible for outdoor and general sports development in Europe who are looking for innovative ways to get people and communities more active especially through the use of the outdoors.  Outdoor sports are growing in popularity all across Europe and can make a real difference to individual’s health and especially mental well-being, can create opportunities for employment and have had a long and very positive association with education and youth services. If you are local and regional authority staff responsible for recreation and/or tourism, a university researcher or academic, or from a national federation or governing body of sport, or an outdoor business owner or manager then this conference is for you!

Outdoor Sports Euro'Meet 2019









Viana do Castelo 24 – 26 September 2019

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Viana do Castelo, with a huge maritime related tradition, is considered to be the Northern Portuguese Atlantic Capital. With a mesmerising coastal landscape, rivers and proximity to mountains, it possesses a rich natural heritage as well as an excellent outdoor sports tradition.

With 24km long of coastal waterfront, world-renowned beaches, infrastructure and award-winning projects at an european level, Viana do Castelo, which has increasingly come to be considered as the “Atlantic Nautical City”, is therefore pleased to host of the “Outdoor Sports Euro’Meet 2019” event.


  1. #BeActive, Be Healthy, Be Outdoors

The European Week of Sport along with the #BeActive is the key message that the European Commission are using to promote health enhancing physical activity. This theme will look closely at what the outdoor sector can do assist with these messages, how we can be more effective in delivery of opportunities for people to be active and how being active in the outdoors brings distinct physical and mental health benefits.

  1. Blue Growth

The EU “Blue Growth” strategy aims to support long-term sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, recognising the importance of the seas and oceans as drivers of the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth. One of the key facets of the strategy is the importance of coastal tourism. This theme will focus on marine activity tourism but also the importance of maritime activities for education and health of coastal communities.

  1. Urban Outdoors

The EU Special Barometer 472 on Sport and Physical Activity highlights that 40% of respondents highlighted that they choose to do their physical activity in parks or the outdoors. Historically outdoor sports have tended to focus on “wild or semi-wild” areas in rural locations. However, there are great opportunities to make better use of our urban green and blue spaces for increasing physical activity. This theme will explore how we develop active outdoor cities and look at what is being done to deliver on this agenda.

  1. Inclusive Outdoors

The EU White Paper on Sport states that “The specific needs and situation of under-represented groups therefore need to be addressed, and the special role that sport can play for young people, people with disabilities and people from less privileged backgrounds must be taken into account.”

Outdoor sports can create inspirational opportunities for people with disabilities and this was evidenced during the Watersports Enhanced Together project and the inclusive surfing that Surf Clube De Viana organised. This theme will provide opportunities to explore in practical ways how we can be more inclusive for people with disabilities, people from socio=economically disadvantaged communities and women and girls


Call of speakers: now open until 30th April.

All information (call for speakers, preliminary programme, registration…) www.euromeetviana2019.eu





On 27-29th September, over many key stakeholders from 11 different European countries gathered at La Se D’Urgell in Catalonia to share knowledge and develop critical thinking in the whole area of outdoor sports development at a European Level. This event was organised by La Seu Turisme but run in partnership with and under the auspices of the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS).

At the conference 4 key themes were discussed with keynote speakers and recognised experts in their field all involved. These key themes were:

  1. Mass mega sporting events
  2. Active tourism
  3. Outdoor sports in protected areas
  4. Outdoor sports, health and well being

7 actions were identified as key recommendations that should be sent to the EU Sport Unit which sits under the DG for Education Youth Sport and Culture (EAC). While these are sent to the EAC some relate to other units such as the DG for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Finally, there are 11 recommendations that can be adopted by national, regional and local authorities, protected area managers or event organisers to improve how outdoor sports are managed and developed in their region.

Down District Council and its associated tourism destinations is blessed with tremendous natural resources from the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough and Lecale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These areas are actively promoting participation in outdoor sports for local communities to increase health enhancing physical activity and also as a place for activity based and eco-tourism to drive economic regeneration.

2015 Euro’Meet key themes:

  • The social benefits of outdoor sports and methods to increase participation for all and also among under-represented groups along with results if available.
  • Innovative approaches to smart development of territories through outdoor sports.

An overarching theme to both of these elements will be the issue of working in border regions.

Summary Report and Key recommendations
Conference Program
Events conclusions

A structuring event for the European tourism and outdoor sports network, which brings together more than 1000 stakeholders in the areas of sports, tourism, the environment, and territorial development during 4 days:

  • A “transversal event” that promotes decompartmentalisation between stakeholders and countries ;
  • An operational event that draws on experiences and projects in the field.
  • Proceeded by a network day that allows European structures to meet (Examples during Annecy 2011: International Union of Mountain Leader, European Nordic activities meeting, CEDIP (European Diving) Association…).

The particularity of the Nature & Sports Euro’Meet is that it relies upon the co-organization between the European steering committee (cf.annexe 2), who guarantees the regularity of the spirit of the Euro’meet, and the territorial organizer, who applies territorial development of outdoor sports into the project.

Events conclusions

The main aim is to bring together between the 5th and the 8th of October, all the major players in the sport, tourism, environment and urban planning sectors in Annecy (France) and to encourage, to promote the same spirit of cooperation that already exists in France at a European level with the help of all those involved in promoting outdoor sports activities.

Rich and interesting conferences like : the role of leisure outdoor sports in the territorial development; the environment in the outdoor event; sustainable development and the leisure outdoor sports; vocation, tendencies and new outdoor practices such as the kite surf or the slack line. Moreover, there are some visits of outdoor activities sites in the surroundings of Annecy.

Numerous personalities are expected:

  • Mrs Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet – French environment Ministry,
  • Mrs Chantal Jouanno – French Sports Ministry,
  • Mr. Gregory Paulger – Youth and Sports Director of European Commission,
  • Mr. Colin Miège – sub-prefect and Co-Director of the Scientific Committee of Sport and Citizenship which will host round table on the concept of outdoor sports in Europe,
  • Madam MEP Sophie Auconie as a great witness concluding plenary and experts from 15 European countries.

European experts for our four theme seminars:

  • Mike Mc Clure, Countryside Recreation Officer, Sport Northern Ireland – Tollymore National center of outdoor sports and Member of the European steering committee of Nature & Sports Euro’Meet.
  • Gérard Peltre, President, International association Rurality Environment Development, Vice President of the ‘Parc Naturel Régional de Lorraine-France’ and member of the European steering committee of the Nature & Sports Euro’Meet
  • Jean-Louis Gouju, Director of Analysis Centre of training, jobs, careers in the entertainment and sports – CAFEMAS
  • Eugénio Di Maria, Founder and CEO, European Decision Maker Publications.
Workshops presentations


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