Sport and Citizenship and partners awarded 3-year project on Active Cities
On 24 July 2017, the Executive Agency for Culture, Education and Audiovisual published the results of the 2017 Erasmus+ Sport call for proposals.
Out of the 370 applications eligible 160 have been selected for funding (66 Collaborative Partnerships, 84 Small Collaborative Partnerships and 10 Not-for-profit European sport events) and 2 have been placed on a reserve list.
A structuring project on active cities
The Sport and Citizenship think tank is proud to announce that its PACTE (Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe) project has been selected for funding.
The project will be supported by the following partners:
- The International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
- The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA)
- The European Physical Education Association (EUPEA)
- The European Federation of Company Sport (EFCS)
- The City of Liverpool
- The Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association (BHRCA)
- The Italian Association of Mayors (ANCI)
A follow-up of the PASS project
The project will last 3 years and is presented as a follow-up of the PASS project, currently led by the think tank. Research in this project has shown that:
- 210 million Europeans are inactive in Europe
- It represents a cost of 80 billion euros per year in the EU 28
- 66% of European decision makers at local level are not aware of this situation
Therefore, physical activity policy at the level of municipalities (local government of town, city or district) has emerged as one area that deserves consideration for developing this work because:
- It has been almost ignored by researchers of physical activity;
- It represents a local level of administration that is much closer to the actual delivery of physical activity policies than the national level.
The project would aim to deliver three sets of outcomes:
- a Europe-wide representative survey of municipalities’ physical activity policies and practices
- the creation of a matrix for change for Active Cities which would include:
⇒ an evidence-based rating and evaluation process, focusing on building the relationship between the established key success areas and targeted population engagement
⇒ a multi-level, dynamic qualification or labelling system to award municipalities, and encourage continued efforts and improvement
- a communication campaign targeting municipalities in Europe, accompanied by online resources to support municipalities in the development and delivery of physical activity policies