EU4SPORTS Clusters Alliance
EU4SPORTSCLUSTERSALL

Spain: Catalonia
Cristina Naches Olaria
Cluster Manager
Profile:
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Overview

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Summary and objectives

The general objective of EU4SportsClusters Alliance is to implement and test a Joint Internationalization Strategy for a European Strategic Sport Clusters Partnership (ESSCP), maximizing the potential of its cross-sectoral nature, developing new value chains and exploiting international opportunities for SMEs, specially those existing in third markets outside the EU. The ESSCP is made of 4 Sport Clusters (INDESCAT, Sport and Technology, Flanders’ Bike Valley and Cluster Montagne) and EPSI, covering 4 countries (Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain), and proposes an innovative approach to exploit the cross-sectoral nature of the sports industry and brings a new vision to the industry. It defines one final consumer (the sports practitioner) and three main value chains that deliver products and services to these consumers:i) sport events  ii) sport facilities iii) consumer goods and services Building from these value chains and its segmentation, the project will focus on its interaction with 6 traditional sectors:i)tourism; ii) health; iii) food&nutrition; iv) IT and v) construction and vi) textile. The Joint Internationalization Strategy will target three (3) third countries, carefully selected taking into account previous market research and consensus with sport clusters’ SMEs. These markets are the USA, Japan and China. EU4SportsClusters Alliance will have a direct impact on 5 clusters and 823 clusters’ members (493 SMEs and 330 other institutions, such as big companies, technological and research centres, universities, etc.).

Previous achievements

European Cluster Consortia 2012
EU4Sports
ESCP Pilots 2013
ESCP

Partnership other activities

  • 2 International standard actions to Xina, Japan or USA will be carried out by the end of 2016 and first half of 2017.
  • Cooperation agreements to set up Joint international groups to attract new markets will be signed by the end of 2016.
  • Reverse missions will be carried out aligned with EPSI (European Partnership for Sport Innovation) major events.
  • Study tours to learn from other ESCPs experience in managing international cooperation tools and monitoring methodologies

Results expected

COOPERATION ACROSS RELATED INDUSTRIES AND SECTORIAL BOUNDARIES

  • 6 sectors involved other than sport (tourism, construction, health, food and nutrition, ICT and Textile)
  • 3 Cross-sectorial value chains defined (fruit of the combination of the 3 traditional value chains (events, facilities and good/services) and the 6 consumer's segmentation selected. 
  • 80 Companies participating in the Strategic Workshops (new-value chains)

EXTERNAL NETWORK

  • 6 Partnership Agreements signed with local partners (at cluster level)
  • 48 Antennas in destination markets (supporting structures for the JIS)

JOINT INTERNATIONALIZATION GROUPS

  • 5 Number of Groups Set Up
  • 15-25 Total SMEs involved in the Internationalization Groups

  BUSINESS MISSIONS TO DESTINATION MARKETS

  • 2 Missions conducted in third markets (Xina, Japan and USA)
  • 20 SMEs taking part in each mission
  • 40 Total SMEs taking part in the business missions
  • 2 B2B events organised
  • 40 Total EU SMEs involved in B2B events
  • 40 Non-EU SMEs involved in B2B events
  • 7 Cooperation Agreements signed between EU and Non-EU SMEs

REVERSE MISSIONS TO THE EU

  • 15 Key counterparts visiting EU (public/private procurers, SMEs, opinion leaders, etc.).
  • 5 Cooperation Agreements with counterparts

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  • 2 ESSCP clusters managers taking part
  • 10 Cooperation Agreements with other EU clusters

  OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING  FOR INTERNATIONALIZATION

  • 1 Guidelines on EU funding for the sport industry (2014-2020)
  • 3 Training sessions on other funding sources (other EU programmes, national, regional or local funds, etc.)
  • 100 SMEs participating in the training sessions

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries
Areas of specialisation not covered above

Sports industry

Other linked key partners or networks

Profile name Location Network type
EPSI
Belgium
EEN
Belgium

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 26.12.2017
EU4SportsClusters Alliance celebrated its Final Conference in Brussels
News Document Published: 02.11.2017
EU4Sports Clusters Alliance Final Conference
News Published: 06.09.2017
EU4SPORTSCLUSTERS ALLIANCE SEEKS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
News Achievements Document Published: 22.06.2017
Have a glance at the review on the EU4SportsClusters Alliance past and future actions

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