"Sport in Italy, numbers and context", data presented

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The document "Lo sport in Italia. Numeri e contesto" ("Sport in Italy. Numbers and context") created by CONI Centro Studi has been presented this morning at the Salone d'Onore. The in-depth analysis in collaboration with Istat has analysed not only the monitoring of 2013 data but also the results of the census data about no-profit organizations and the multi-objective survey carried out on families. CONI President Giovanni Malagò has welcomed the people attending at the presence of ISTAT President Antonio Golini and Central Director of census and ISTAT statistical registers Manlio Calzaroni. CONI General Director and CONI Centro Studi Manager Michele Uva was also among the speakers.

Malagò has opened the press conference highlighting the importance of data in order to understand the state of the sport movement in the country. "Centro Studi is a key reference, for any necessity, it means credibility. We must explain the data, understand how we are and who we are, what is happening in our context. These are numbers in evolution and in a few cases there is also an involution. This documents is a fundamental mirror, certified by a partner which is the master in this field: ISTAT has gone further, widening its perspective on no-profit. Talking about sport, not about other activities, is key and it is also essential to read the data also from the point of view of facilities. For such reason I urged to create a map, as without a clear vision of which and how many facilities there are, also looking at their position, it is difficult to take action. Sport offers the opportunity to reverse the unemployment trend starting from data."

ISTAT Presient Antonio Golini has widened this concept: "Sport is one of the most important values of humanity and the degree of participation of the population in physical activities is one of the parameters that helps tracing the cultural and social profile of the country, allowing also to monitor the level of inactivity of people. We want to continue this collaboration with CONI in order to enhance the information wealth, preserving the quality and the periodicity of statistical data. We are planning a new sample survey devoted to spare time and to culture, with a new census in 2015, also in order to quantify the added value generated by sport and estimate the whole amount of economic relationships."

General Director of census and ISTAT statistical registers Manlio Calzaroni has offered instead the data of "no-profit in sport". "The no-profit institutions are 92.838, corresponding to 30,8% of no-profit institutions surveyed. More than six sport institutions of 10 have been born in the last decade (+61,5% compared to the year 2000). 6.800 of those who have offered its own services to disadvantaged people. In this sector, one million volunteer is active (92,2% of the human resources employed), 13.000 subordinated workers and 75.000 external workers, most of them of young age: 23,7% is under 30. Athletes, trainers, escorts and instructors are 61.000. This sector has raised 5% of the total no-profit compared to the year 1999, while the amount of sport institutions formed in the last decade has raised more than 60%. In this sector a million volunteers, 13.000 subordinated workers and 75.000 external workers is active. The level of members participation is high, about 75% of the total amount."

Coni Servizi General Director Michele Uva has closed his presentation, illustrating thoroughly the data connected to the monitoring carried out by CONI on the National sport system. "Together with Centro Studi, we have brought an objective contained in the President's program into reality. Numbers rule the world, Platone said, but we have to analyze and cross-analyze them, this is our aim. From this study, it comes out that there are more than 4.500.000 of Italian athletes (31% more than 2003) with a membership by organizations recognized by CONI, while there are a million of sport operators (sport and federal directors, technicians and competition officials) and 64.829 sport associations. Such numbers are still growing and growing: 3,6% is growth of sport associations in a decade, 1,6% the one related to the sport operators. Athletes with a membership under 18 is 54%. 30% is between 8 and 13, while 25% is over 36. The percentage of people not practising sport is 42%, but people practising continously have been growing up to 30%. This is the starting point to understand the movement, also on a social level, and to evaluate all the necessary initiatives in order to obtain the most ambitious objectives."​