The SFP is a private entity with public utility, as a public-service corporation, with the scope focused on sport development support. Within the members of the SFP we can find national public authorities, private entities and the major enterprises, Portuguese ones or multinationals with delegations in our country.
The SFP was founded in 1995 by the Minister of Education who ruled sport’s area by that time. The main goals and fields of the SFP’s mission are: (i) support the sport development, (ii) namely at the high-level domain; (iii) support international sport events; (iv) high performance athlete’s support, team or individual sports; (v) organize and promote seminars, conferences, congresses and other similar training and educational events related with sport promotion and development.
A second pillar of the SFP’s mission is concerned with the strategic management of the High Performance Center’s in Portugal.
A third, but very important, pillar of the SFP’s mission is fundraising, giving sponsors and enterprises tax advantages and benefits, making the bridge between the sport’s sphere and business community.
The SFP is a State partner for sport development. SFP receives both public and private funds to support all kind of sport projects and activities, from sport events to young athlete’s support.
SFP coordinates the national high-performance sport centres, has the responsibility for sport fundraising, namely for high level sport, EU funds prospection, exploration and assessment for sport field, and promotes three lines of support: (i) financial support for the HPSC’s sport project, (ii) financial support for young talent athletes and (iii) financial support for technological re-equipment of the HPSC.
The SFP has the responsibility for the international cooperation regarding high sport performance centres’ policies. In this field the SFP has a strict cooperation namely with Spain, France, Basil and the ibero-american sport council countries and lusofonian community countries.