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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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2    Sport, physical activity and play: A European perspective

Nic Matthews

Introduction

The Treaty on European Union (1992) established the political and social prerequisites for an economic union across Europe. Subsequent Treaties and Declarations between 1997 and 2009 have resulted in a developing dialogue between representatives of the European Union (EU), sporting bodies and others interested in provision for physical activity (PA) and play. The lobbying of EU institutions in the late 1990s by some sporting organisations focused on seeking the addition of sport as one of the EU's areas of responsibility and debating the implications of having a European perspective on sport. This chapter examines the nature of that debate and considers how ...

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