European Sport (USPE)
UNION SPORTIVE DES POLICES D'EUROPE
In 1950 a meeting was held in Paris of high ranking officers from European Police Forces to form the ‘Union Sportive des Police d’Europe’ (USPE). Rules were drawn up establishing championships every four years in seven sports. A further thirteen sporting championships have been added to the cycle of events. Five sporting championships are held in each year.
This ‘Olympic’ style format of championships every four years has helped to promote sporting achievement within the police service and has assisted in providing achievable goals and medal ambitions from our top UK police sports persons.
The United Kingdom has played a part within U.S.P.E. and has hosted nine separate championships. The latest such events being the Table Tennis Championships at the Potters Leisure Resort in May 2007, and in 2009 the USPE championships in Ladies Basketball at Sheffield. PSUK is scheduled to host the next USPE Cross Country Championships in 2016.
USPE is supported by the I.O.C. and has a registered office in Germany.
From the original number of twelve member countries U.S.P.E. has grown with the changes in European boundaries and the establishment of new communities. U.S.P.E. now boasts 40 member countries:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Belorussia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Moldavia, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and of course the United Kingdom.
For more information please visit - www.uspe.org