ENGSO is the leading voice for voluntary-based grassroots sport in Europe.The European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) is a not for profit organisation with public responsibilities, the umbrella organisation of National Sport Confederations and National Olympic Committees from 33 European countries.


Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

ENGSO is a not for profit organisation with public responsibilities. We are part of the civil society to address social and political issues.


The European Sports NGO

ENGSO is part of the sport movement with the mission to promote the interest of grassroots sport in Europe.



Our vision, mission and goals are presented on this page. Preview our statutes and learn more about the history of ENGSO.


When it comes to the functioning of ENGSO, there are several bodies that play a role in the running of the organisation. Get to know the structure of our organisation and meet the members who stand behind all the achievements of ENGSO.


21 MAY 1966

When governments had started to deliberate on sports matters in the Council of Europe, the informal NGO Club, as a discussion forum, was set up in order to join forces and define common sport political positions.

24-25 APRIL 1990

After the political changes in Eastern and Central Europe, membership increased and the NGO Club became a true Pan-European sports organisation. Hence it was felt necessary to change the name to European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO).

1-2 OCTOBER 1990

The first meeting under the name ENGSO.

27-28 APRIL 1995

ENGSO was formalised by adopting official statutes, which included the holding of General Assemblies and the election of an Executive Committee. In this way, ENGSO not only became a bridge building organisation for East-West cooperation in sports, but it also strengthened its status as a partner for the defence of the general sport interest at European level, especially vis—vis European institutions, such as the Council of Europe and the political and administrative bodies of the European Union.

22-23 SEPTEMBER 1995

The 1st ENGSO General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

28 JUNE 2006

ENGSO has been registered within the National Olympic and Sports Committee of France in the House of Olympic Sports, Paris, France. This decision has become legally valid following the Declaration of Association, issued by the Prefecture of Paris on June 28, 2006.

30 APRIL 2015

The headquarters and registered office of ENGSO has been transferred to Stockholm, Sweden, within the Swedish House of Sports.