Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Health and Recreation Department

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT PROMOTION AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES SUPPORT FOR ACTIVE CITIES DEVELOPMENT –  HEPNESS establishes a transnational cooperation where cities, research and sport organizations advance new synergies to develop health and sport cities, enhancing cultural and natural assets and ecosystems services for the promotion of an active lifestyle. Cities play a key role for enabling population to become more active. The goal of increasing physical activity must focus on a range of resources (parks, squares, green commons, streets, rivers, lakes, sea…).

HEPNESS establishes a transnational cooperation where cities, research and sport organizations advance new synergies to develop health and sport cities, enhancing cultural and natural assets and ecosystems services for the promotion of an active lifestyle.

“Cities play a key role for enabling population to become more active. The goal of increasing physical activity must focus on a range of resources (parks, squares, green commons, streets, rivers, lakes, sea…). In this scenario, HEPNESS assumes an innovative holistic standpoint: focusing on ecosystems services for outdoor activities, providing several responses to current health, socio-economic and environmental challenges. “

Specific objectives are:

  • improving the understanding of the potentials and the benefits deriving from the active use of cultural and natural ecosystems for the promotion of active cities, healthy communities and sport lifestyles;
  • improving institutional capacities to promote active lifestyle, and experiencing innovative schemes to re-think and manage cultural and natural resources with a sport perspective;
  • inspiring numerous cities to implement health-sport cities, by promoting the sustainable use of recreational ecosystem services for a more active lifestyle;
  • improving awareness, in order to stimulate decision makers to adopt health-sport viewpoint in the local development policies.

Definitely, the above mentioned objectives have been defined, taking into account programme, policies, studies, context and targets analysis.

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Municipality of Vicenza - Italy

The Sport Department of the City of VICENZA is part of the “School, educational and sports services Department”; it deals with the promotion and development of sport, in both the highest levels and the social field, promoting activities, events and initiatives, involving citizenship and sports associations of the territory.
Among the institutional tasks the Office, the Sport Dpt ensures the administrative management of municipal sports facilities, directely through the central offices for Large Sport Facilities, and in a decentralized way, through regional offices of the districts in the city for the gyms and soccer fields.

At the same time, the Sport department is constantly collaborating with the education and school services, taking care of designing new projects with the aim of enhancing the healthy behaviour of young students and their families through introduction to sport activities.

Vicenza is European City of Sport 2017, a result achieved thanks to more than 2000 volunteers and more than 140 associations which, joining forces with the Department of Education and Sport, have created a strong network able to win the prestigious title.
The award, given by ACES Europe in the European Parliament seat last November in Brussels results in a widespread desire to get involved proposing events which will invite sport enthusiast to come to Vicenza where they will be able enjoy its beautiful architecture and diverse cultural proposals and increase the number of tourists in the city.
The city counts 200 good level sport infrastructures, thanks to a lot of maintenance activities carried out during the last years to make them fitting, adequate and comfortable for the users:

75 municipal sport facilities
85 municipal school complex
35 facilities in parish churches, 25 private ones and 15 managed by Vicenza Province.

The year 2017 will be a year of challenges for Vicenza sports world. The city will strive to make the sport a more and more growing sector in its territory, involving thousand of members of the 150 sport clubs in the city in addition to tens of thousands of other sport enthusiasts.
About 80 sporting events are already planned, thanks to the sports associations that will have the chance to sign a “Letter of Intent” who will provide services, facilities and organizational support for the overall success of the events.

For more information about Vicenza European City of Sport 2017: http://www.sportvicenza.it

City of Bonn - Germany

The City of Bonn is planning to retain an institute with expertise in sports development to assess up-to-date and future needs and develop an integrated concept to address these needs. This will cover all regular fields of sport activities and sports facilities.

In order to integrate the new approach of Smart use and management of public spaces for more healthy and active cities and to advance in the HEPNESS Perspectives in its sports development strategy, the City of Bonn is looking for tools and best practice examples, to identify, develop and map open public spaces for healthy outdoor activities free of charge.

The assessment will look at all sports facilities, public parks, green infrastructure and urban space, map the status quo and analyze potentials for further development. During the process special attention will be given to social integration and the open accessibility of the identified new spaces for activities.

The main outcome of this assessment will be the “Sportstättenatlas” an atlas that holds all public spaces and sports facilities and information about their specific characteristics for sports use. This will put the administration in the positon to develop innovative ideas for urban sport and to start to adjust the given infrastructure to needs for a healthier urban lifestyle.

The results of the Erasmus+ project will directly be integrated in the overall strategic goals of the new sports development strategy of the city of Bonn and the following implementation plan.

At the same time citizens can and are invited to use the atlas to find given opportunities for sports activities or use the mapped spaces to develop new kinds of urban activities.

Unione Sportiva Maria Ausiliatrice (USMA) - Italy

Footura is a European non-government organization that for develops  and supports  various sports. The Footura team believes that the active way of living, practicing various sports on amateur level is the key for a good sport education for children and youths, for  a mentally and physically healthier society, for better sport base for future professional sportsmen. Footura is an open organization for everyone that shares our vision about sports and sport culture.

The main scope of UNION OF DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AND SPORTS CULTURE – FOOTURA is the development and the promotion of various sports and the healthy and active lifestyle, organizing assistance and support to relevant teams, tournaments and other events for charity, demonstrative or competitive purposes, both on national and international levels. All the activities are oriented on grassroots model of practicing sports and strived to attract new people to practice sports and active lifestyle and support the ideas of Footura organization. FOOTURA also promotes all kind of activities connected with sport and cultural tourism and exchange programmes. The association aims at promoting amateur and college sports in order to motivate young people to be active and see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

As the majority of the Sport associations, Footura involve several volunteers and in the staff includes persons with multifaceted experiences. In particular the staff assigned to the project, demonstrate that Footura can contribute, not only providing the point of view of sport organizations that cooperate with public authorities for physical activities promotion, but also supporting the HEPNESSS scientific framework elaboration, thanks to a staff made of expert in spatial and economic planning, sustainable development of cities. Furthermore the HP@SC past experience, allowed Footura to establish new important relation with territorial sport and health stakeholders and experts, that can now be mobilized to attend the HEPNESS task force and pilot action.

Ca'Foscari University of Venice - Department of Economics (UNIVE) - Italy

Footura is a European non-government organization that for develops  and supports  various sports. The Footura team believes that the active way of living, practicing various sports on amateur level is the key for a good sport education for children and youths, for  a mentally and physically healthier society, for better sport base for future professional sportsmen. Footura is an open organization for everyone that shares our vision about sports and sport culture.

The main scope of UNION OF DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AND SPORTS CULTURE – FOOTURA is the development and the promotion of various sports and the healthy and active lifestyle, organizing assistance and support to relevant teams, tournaments and other events for charity, demonstrative or competitive purposes, both on national and international levels. All the activities are oriented on grassroots model of practicing sports and strived to attract new people to practice sports and active lifestyle and support the ideas of Footura organization. FOOTURA also promotes all kind of activities connected with sport and cultural tourism and exchange programmes. The association aims at promoting amateur and college sports in order to motivate young people to be active and see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

As the majority of the Sport associations, Footura involve several volunteers and in the staff includes persons with multifaceted experiences. In particular the staff assigned to the project, demonstrate that Footura can contribute, not only providing the point of view of sport organizations that cooperate with public authorities for physical activities promotion, but also supporting the HEPNESSS scientific framework elaboration, thanks to a staff made of expert in spatial and economic planning, sustainable development of cities. Furthermore the HP@SC past experience, allowed Footura to establish new important relation with territorial sport and health stakeholders and experts, that can now be mobilized to attend the HEPNESS task force and pilot action.

Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Anton Melik Geographical Institute - Slovenia

ZRC SAZU is the leading Slovenian research center in the humanities and a cutting-edge academic institution in central, east and southeast Europe. It has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character; in addition to the humanities, its spheres of research also cover the natural and social sciences. Natural and cultural heritage is one of ZRC SAZU’s fields of research. ZRC SAZU overarches 18 research institutes, one of them, i.e. Anton Melik Geographical institute will be included in the project.

The Geographical Institute was founded in 1946 by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 1976 it was named after Slovenia’s greatest geographer, academy member Anton Melik (1890–1966). It hosts seven departments, a library, and a museum. The institute mainly deals with geographical research on Slovenia, prepares basic geographical texts about Slovenia, leads Slovenian and international projects, holds conferences, publishes a journal and several book series, trains junior researchers, exchanges researchers, and collaborates with universities.

The Geographical Institute can contribute to the HEPNESS project with its experience and staff competence in the field of environmental protection, environmental interpretation, and valorization of natural and cultural heritage. This scientific know-how will allow a sound identification of the HEPNESS methodological approach and the elaboration of the HEPNESS perspective. With its international experience, the Geographical Institute will support the mainstream process towards the scientific international communities and public institutions.

National Movement Union for Development of Sport and Sports Culture (FOOTURA) - Bulgaria

Footura is a European non-government organization that for develops  and supports  various sports. The Footura team believes that the active way of living, practicing various sports on amateur level is the key for a good sport education for children and youths, for  a mentally and physically healthier society, for better sport base for future professional sportsmen. Footura is an open organization for everyone that shares our vision about sports and sport culture.

The main scope of UNION OF DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AND SPORTS CULTURE – FOOTURA is the development and the promotion of various sports and the healthy and active lifestyle, organizing assistance and support to relevant teams, tournaments and other events for charity, demonstrative or competitive purposes, both on national and international levels. All the activities are oriented on grassroots model of practicing sports and strived to attract new people to practice sports and active lifestyle and support the ideas of Footura organization. FOOTURA also promotes all kind of activities connected with sport and cultural tourism and exchange programmes. The association aims at promoting amateur and college sports in order to motivate young people to be active and see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

As the majority of the Sport associations, Footura involve several volunteers and in the staff includes persons with multifaceted experiences. In particular the staff assigned to the project, demonstrate that Footura can contribute, not only providing the point of view of sport organizations that cooperate with public authorities for physical activities promotion, but also supporting the HEPNESSS scientific framework elaboration, thanks to a staff made of expert in spatial and economic planning, sustainable development of cities. Furthermore the HP@SC past experience, allowed Footura to establish new important relation with territorial sport and health stakeholders and experts, that can now be mobilized to attend the HEPNESS task force and pilot action.

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