Presentation of the preliminary report on the Social and Economic Impact of the physical activity and sport sector in Spain, promoted by the Fundación España Activa.
(8-6-2022). The social value of the practice of physical activity and sport in Spain grew by 37% in 2021 compared to the previous year, to 9,100 million euros. They are data from the Research Observatory of the Fundación España Activa and 4Global.
The practice of physical activity and sport generates an estimated total social value of 9,100 million euros in Spain. This is one of the main conclusions drawn from the preliminary report on the Social and Economic Impact of the physical activity and sport sector in Spain, presented by the Research Observatory of the Fundación España Activa in collaboration with 4Global, coinciding with the Annual Meeting of the Foundation.
Specifically, this figure is divided into 2,100 million euros in improving the physical and mental health of those active Spaniards, 100 million euros in their individual development, 4,700 million euros in improving their subjective sense of well-being and 2,200 million euros in the social and community development of the whole of Spain.
7% annual growth
In addition, the report indicates that our country grew at a rate of 7% per year between 2015 and 2019, before being affected by the pandemic. In fact, this value exceeded 10,180 million euros in 2019. After the arrival of the health crisis, this figure decreased significantly during the pandemic, with more than 8 million fewer participants. However, last year it increased by 37% compared to the previous one.
Sport, a key axis of public policies
This research, whose results are still preliminary, has been carried out by the Research Observatory of the Fundación España Activa in collaboration with 4Global, one of the benchmark sports consulting companies, and was presented this morning during the Fundación’s Annual Meeting which was held at the headquarters of the Higher Sports Council.
“There is no doubt that this Government of Spain considers sport as a key axis in our public policies. Not in vain, sport in itself constitutes a determining factor in the economic and social development of our country”, assured José Manuel Franco, president of the Higher Sports Council. “Sport and physical activity are two powerful tools for the comprehensive training of people and an agile vehicle to accelerate regeneration processes, promote communication and build bridges between communities and generations. They are also an element of economic and tourist development” he continued.
For his part, Jaime Lissavetzky, President of the Fundación España Activa, explained that “the main purpose of the Foundation is to promote and promote the concept of sport as a transversal axis of society, as a matter of State. Thus stimulating the general interest and facilitating access to sports for all citizens, so that, without distinction, they can access a healthy lifestyle that provides them with greater hope and quality of life”.
“The preliminary results of this report show the great value of practicing physical activity and sport in our country. With this study we want to demonstrate in a solid and rigorous way the important social and economic value that both sport and the regular practice of physical activity have for Spanish society as a whole”, he added.
Social and economic impact of physical activity
This preliminary analysis is part of an ambitious project to be carried out by the Observatory of the Fundación España Activa, in collaboration with EuropeActive, which in the medium and long term will allow a solid and rigorous evaluation of the true social and economic impact of promoting an active life among the citizens of our country.
Likewise, this work aims to help all those agents of the Spanish sports ecosystem involved in the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle, offering relevant guidance information on its social value and the economic impact associated with it.