Born in 1980, today OPES is a national Third Sector Network and a Sports Promotion Body recognized by CONI. Promotes and organizes, non-profit, small and large events and sporting, cultural, social promotion, voluntary, training and recreational projects, of a local, national and international character, with the aim of promoting integration, social inclusion, education, aggregation and all those values that can bring benefits to the community. Each initiative aims to leave a new awareness to the country: the search for the common good for oneself, for the territory and for society.
Over the years, thanks to widespread activity throughout the country and the quality of the work and services offered, the numbers of OPES have grown exponentially to the point of boasting 800,000 members, approximately 10,000 registered associations, 104 provincial committees, 20 regional committees and 11 foreign offices (Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, France, Portugal, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa). Furthermore, OPES is the only Italian component of E.N.G.S.O. (European, Non Governmental sports organization)