“Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe”
Acting as a direct follow-up to the PASS project, PACTE seeks to take a further step towards increasing active cities across the continent. The PASS findings and further research brought to light the far-reaching effects and burdensome costs of physical inactivity on Europeans, but it also defined the ever-growing importance urban environments have to play. Indeed, over three quarters of local decision-makers are unaware of the levels and consequences of inactivity, which becomes an increasing issue as over 70% of the European population lives in cities and urban areas today. To top it off, local policies have a more direct impact on citizens than national or European ones do.
While physical activity experts have virtually omitted to investigate the status quo of physical activity on a local level, PACTE is unfolding itself in a timely manner.
PACTE aims to focus on the physical activity in Europe, at a municipal level. The three core objectives to do so are:
- a European-wide representative survey of municipalities’ physical activity policies and practices;
- to create an evidenced-based matrix for change for Active Cities, offering tailored solutions for continuous change;
- and to develop and deliver a communication campaign aimed at European municipalities, and promoting physical activity promotion.
The project is led by Sport and Citizenship (France) and is further composed of 8 additional partners that are:
- The association for international sport for all– TAFISA (Germany)
- The International council for sport science and physical education– ICSSPE (Germany)
- The European physical education association– EUPEA (Switzerland)
- The European Federation of company Sport– EFCS (France)
- The national association of Italian municipalities– ANCI (Italy)
- The European cyclists federation– ECF (Belgium)
- The Baltic region healthy cities association (Finland)
- The City of Liverpool (UK)
The project will run for 36 months, and started in January 2018 with the Kick off meeting hosted in the House of Sport, Brussels (Belgium).