What is a sport

The Sports Councils do not decide what is and what is not a sport. There are many different opinions as to what constitutes a sporting activity and the Sports Councils do not have their own definition of sport. However, we operate a recognition process to establish which sports we may consider working with. When deciding whether to recognise a sport, the Sports Councils consider if it meets the Council of Europe’s European Sports Charter 1993 definition of sport and if the sport is well established and organised within our jurisdiction.

“Sport means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.”

For the purposes of recognition, the Sports Councils will only consider the human physical skill and effort involved in playing the activity.  Any physical effort and skill required to prepare for the activity to take place (e.g. preparation of playing fields, animal husbandry, travelling to and from a place where the activity is played) will not be taken into consideration for the purposes of recognition.

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