Over 30 footballers, coaches and managers from Romania gathered in Bucharest, at
National University of Physical Education and Sports (UNEFS), to attend a multiplier event
designed to promote integrity in football.
Three officials of the Romanian Football Federation, Florin Șari (Public Policy and Social
Responsibility Manager), Adrian Stângaciu (Legal Director) and Virgil Pascu (Integrity
Manager), and three experts from UNEFS, Rareș Stănescu (Manager of the SEE-I Project),
Marius Stoicescu (University Lecturer) and Pompiliu Nicolae Constantin (University
Lecturer), discussed few hours with participants about ethics, doping, match-fixing,
violence, corruption and whistleblowing. This meeting was an opportunity to disseminate
the results of the "SEE countries for the integrity of football clubs" project, an Erasmus+
Mr. Rareș Stănescu, manager of the project, described the multiplier event as “very
stimulating” and predicted that it would increase personal responsibility among footballers,
coaches and managers.
Mr. Stănescu said: “It was a very good opportunity to bring so important figures from the
Romanian Football Federation and our university together and allow us all to share our
experience and ideas with the public. I think that these two years showed how important is
the SEE-I project for football in order to educate and increase the awareness about integrity
All the attendees were enthusiastic about the discussions and the interactive approach of the presentations. UNEFS and Romanian Football Federation expressed their intention to make this kind of events annually as it improves the education and ethics of the people involved in football.
The aim of the meeting was to better knowledge of each participant, discussion and understanding of the working methodology to be used, review a detailed work plan and schedule for project activities, clear understanding of all administrative and financial procedures, distribute the tasks and set the performances’ deadlines, set guidelines, prepare the dissemination plan in detail. During this kick-off meeting in Romania, the representatives of the partners in the project had the chance to start drafting the indicators/concepts for the comparative research study in S-E European Countries and the Educational resources on the prevention of doping, match-fixing, whistleblowing and corruption with the specificities of S-E European Countries
This new Erasmus Plus Project was launched at Bucharest, 27 – 28 February 2020. The coordinating organisation, the National University of Physical Education and Sports Bucharest (Romania), with two academic partners, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the National Sports Academy Vasil Levski (Sofia, Bulgaria), together with the three non-academic partners, Play Fair Code (Vienna, Austria), Fair Play Code Hellas (Athens, Greece), Institute of International Strategic Relations (Paris, France), and Romanian Football Federation will act as sport integrity ethics bearers.
The SEE-I project intends to open a new focus on sport integrity and governance, dedicated to the level of professional and semi-professional football clubs. Considering the exploratory, multidisciplinary and complex nature of the subject, the project will enable to produce specialised knowledge and build more coherent and adapted exchange events, and awareness raising programmes. Because they address issues that concern all the European countries, the results of the project will be widely disseminated.
“Integrity is an important issue in sports and football had during the time a major problem in this direction. We are confident that through the SEE-I project, we will produce a useful outcome, which will have an impact at transnational level. We are looking forward to work on this programme in partnership with our European colleagues and to tackle some key aspects in order to improve the integrity of football” said Rareș Stănescu, the coordinator of this project.
“SEE countries for the Integrity of football clubs (SEE–I)” is a co-financed project by European Union, through Erasmus Plus Sport, and in the next two years will explore the structural weaknesses and the major threats to the integrity of football clubs.
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