First of AMELIA's multiplier events in Lousada, Portugal: "Event for sports leaders, policy makers and sports professionals"

Overview of the Event

The #E4.1 The Dissemination Workshop began with a welcome for participants from various sports professional backgrounds, including sports leaders, teachers, coaches and political decision-makers. The aim of the meeting was to disseminate the results and experiences of the AMELIA project and to promote debates on the integration of sport into urban development strategies.

Key Themes and Discussions

The session took place during working hours (starting at 19:00) and began with an introduction to the AMELIA project, which focuses on harnessing sport as a catalyst for creating more sustainable and inclusive cities. The project emphasizes community involvement in the design and implementation of sports-based solutions, ensuring that public spaces are accessible and engaging for all, particularly young people and marginalized groups.

A detailed presentation of the Reference Book and Atlas highlighted several good practices for integrating sport into urban policies and the regeneration of public space. These resources show how sport can transform public areas such as parks, riverbanks and streets into vibrant community centers. AMELIA’s added value lies in its participatory approach, involving local communities in the co-creation of these solutions, which helps to ensure that interventions are tailored to residents’ needs and preferences.

In the final phase of the training, the group was presented with the Join Position Paper and the AMELIA Manifesto, a document that defines the principles for sports-based urban regeneration. Participants got involved at the end by asking questions and sharing their professional experiences, contributing a diverse range of ideas and perspectives. The collaborative nature of this exercise highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in designing effective urban interventions, with final reflections on the potential of sport-based solutions for urban regeneration in Lousada. Key conclusions included the importance of community involvement and the role of sport in promoting social cohesion and well-being in urban environments.