'I Run Clean' education programme receives EU grant

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Athletes have worn bibs supporting the 'I Run Clean' message at all major European Athletics events since the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France in 2015

European Athletics, and a network of nine partners led by the Agency for the Development of Athletics in Europe (ADAE), have secured a grant of  €324,000 from the European Union to expand the European Athletics ‘I Run Clean’ anti-doping education programme to the grassroots of athletics throughout Europe. 

The funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme will support the creation and testing of young ambassador-led workshops to be delivered in schools and sports clubs as well as new interactive units for the I Run Clean e-learning platform. The project will start in January 2020 and run through June 2022.  

“We are delighted with this news and proud to have been selected,” said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen. “The competition for Erasmus+ grants is intense, so it is clear that the project proposal was of high quality.

“I Run Clean is already playing in important role in the fight against doping at the elite level and with this support we will be able to reach out to hundreds of thousands of youngsters, club athletes and recreational runners with clean sport messages that will help shape the culture of our sport.”   

The Paris-based ADAE was established in 2019 by European Athletics to facilitate Erasmus+ project proposals and lead projects on behalf of European Athletics, which is located outside the European Union in Switzerland, and Member Federations.    

Joining European Athletics in the project will be the national athletics federations of Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain and two Italian universities – the Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Medicine and Psychology,  and University of Milan School of Exercise and Sport Science.  

Launched in 2018, I Run Clean provides reliable information that helps users understand the issues around doping in sport and the regulations that must be observed to compete fairly.  Completing the current e-learning programme, which is available in 25 languages, is a mandatory entry requirement for all athletes taking part in European Championships competitions. 

Erasmus+ is the EU's funding programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. This year more than 700 sport-related applications were received by the agency managing the programme and I Run Clean is among the 104 major projects allocated to collaborative partnerships across a range of topics. Grants were also made for smaller collaborative partnerships and non-profit sport events.