Find out updates on some important AMELIA initiatives!!!

AMELIA aims at engaging several stakeholders to establish and develop a new Aesthetic Transnational Movement to enhance sporty lifestyles and inclusive active public spaces, consistent with the New European Bauhaus initiative. AMELIA triggers cities leaders, planners, architects, sport clubs, sport federation, civic and youths’ organizations to initiate a Transnational network and Living Labs to share practices, ideate proposals, and test pilot sport-based solutions and to advance inclusive placemaking and active regeneration of public spaces for the health of communities.

Spotlight on AMELIA multiplier events

To further spread the deliverables and extent key messages to wider audience, all AMELIA partners were engaged in organizing multiplier events. The idea was to reach as many potential stakeholders and practitioners as possible and inform them on how AMELIA deliverables could support and inspire their work. That’s why a primary focus was presenting the Atlas of good practices, as well as the recommendations set in the AMELIA Manifesto. Each partner had the freedom to creatively design its event(s) and tailor it/them to the specific audience.

EVENTS IN SPAIN

The first of AMELIA’s multiplier events was held on 25 April at La Noria, a centre for social innovation created by the Malaga Provincial Council for events of this type. The aim of this event was to organise a conference bringing together experts from various areas as well as other associations to discuss the results of the AMELIA project, such as ATLAS, MANIFESTO, sharing different points of view and analysing how we could implement initiatives that promote active urban spaces in a practical way. The results of the transnational Pilot Living Labs were also shared and analysed. After the conference, activities and dynamics were carried out to encourage teamwork and brainstorming.

The second multiplier event in Malaga (Ciudad Jardín, on 19th May 2024) aimed to inform families about the objectives of the project and to encourage citizens to get more involved in reclaiming urban spaces for sport and exercise in cities. This action was carried out during the European junior judo competition that took place in Malaga that weekend, and was also used to give information to passers-by. Along with the information, balloons were given out which, in addition to the logo, contained the web address so that those interested could learn more about AMELIA.

EVENT IN TÜRKIYE

Within the scope of the AMELİA project, a cycling event was held on 11th June 2024 in a 10-kilometer area (İnönü University Campus in Malatya) with the participation of 80 people. The purpose of this event is to introduce the results of the Amelia project such as ATLAS, MANIFESTO, JPP and others.

Vacant and undamaged lands were preferred for the purpose of renewing abandoned or difficult seismic areas (for example, unsafe lands damaged after earthquakes), revitalizing cities and developing green infrastructure. Local activities are important so that children can use nature correctly and create space for new sports activities. Activities carried out in the natural environment without harming nature are important for a sustainable future.

  1. Learning Eco-Friendly Behaviors: Children adopted an eco-friendly form of transportation by cycling. The aim was to encourage them to embrace a sustainable future and leave a less carbon footprint.
  2. Promoting Active Lifestyle: Cycling encourages children to be physically active. This reduces the risk of obesity, improves heart health, increases muscle strength and supports their overall health and wellbeing.
  3. Learning Traffic Rules and Safe Driving Behaviors: Cycling offers children the opportunity to learn traffic rules and develop safe driving behaviors. This will help them travel safely when they interact with motor vehicles in the future.
  4. Increased Self-Confidence: Cycling improves children’s motor skills and increases their self-confidence. By achieving something on their own, they increase their overall self-confidence and this helps them trust their own abilities.
  5. Strengthening Social Ties: Cycling offered an enjoyable activity where children could spend time with their friends and families. Together with the AMELİA project, he organized bicycle tours or explored the city by bicycle. It contributed to strengthening social ties and increasing communication within the family.
  6. Strengthening the Connection with Nature: Cycling allows children to have more contact with nature and better understand their environment and become nature-sensitive individuals.

EVENTS IN ITALY

Two multiplier events were organized in Italy: Dissemination Workshop (29th April 2024 in Venice) and Online session in synergy with Re-Gen Urbact network of cities (7th May 2024).

The Dissemination Workshop commenced with a warm welcome to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, including young designers, architects, urban planners, and sport experts. The gathering aimed to disseminate the findings and experiences from the AMELIA project and foster discussions on integrating sport into urban development strategies. The event began with an introduction to the AMELIA project, which focuses on leveraging sport as a catalyst for creating more sustainable, inclusive cities. A detailed presentation on the Sourcebook and Atlas highlighted various best practices in integrating sport into urban policies and public spaces, illustrating innovative design solutions for sport-based urban regeneration. The discussions also touched on the alignment of the AMELIA project with broader European initiatives such as the New European Bauhaus (NEB) and EU sport policies. The afternoon sessions focused on the AMELIA Manifesto, engaging participants to work in groups to discuss and refine the Manifesto, contributing with a diverse range of ideas and perspectives.

The second event was built on the themes discussed during the workshop in Venice, with a focus on practical implementation and collaboration. Presentations explored the EU Sport Policies Framework and funding opportunities for developing sport-based solutions in public spaces. The active city framework was also discussed, showcasing methods and good practices from Erasmus Sport projects like HEPNESS and AMELIA. Practical tips and visual examples of sport-based urban regeneration solutions were shared, emphasizing the aesthetic and ethical considerations of such interventions. One of the key outcomes of the online session was the emphasis on building multi-actor alliances to promote sport-based urban regeneration. The AMELIA Manifesto was discussed in this context, highlighting the need for collaborative efforts to drive meaningful change in urban environments. The AMELIA project plans to build on the momentum generated by this workshop by fostering ongoing collaborations and deepening the exploration of sport-based solutions. Participants expressed strong interest in developing synergies and furthering discussions on integrating sport into urban policies and infrastructure projects.

EVENTS IN PORTUGAL

Two multiplier events were organized in Portugal: Dissemination Workshop (31st May 2024 in Lousada) and Online session Lousada sports training center 24′ (17th May 2024).

The aim of the Dissemination Workshop was to present the results and experiences of the AMELIA project and to promote debates on the integration of sport into urban development strategies. 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. 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 online session was based on the reuse of green spaces for sports. The presentation explored the framework of EU and national sports policies in sport in public spaces. Lousada illustrated how sport can be effectively integrated into urban policies, improving residents’ quality of life. Practical advice and visual examples of sport-based urban regeneration solutions were shared, highlighting the aesthetic and ethical considerations of such interventions. Included in this presentation was a good practice that the Municipality has adopted in several parks in Lousada, with sports infrastructure and the use of an APP. The workshop was attended by sports leaders, teachers and coaches. The session, as it was online, was attended by various stakeholders from all over the country. The high level of involvement and the diverse backgrounds of the participants underlined the broad interest in developing and implementing sports-based solutions for urban regeneration

EVENTS IN BULGARIA

At the end of April 2024, Amateur Sport Leagues organized three multiplier events aimed at presenting the key AMELIA deliverables, tools, and messages. Those events had different types of audience (target groups) and altogether attracted close to 130 participants. A special focus was put on explaining AMELIA Joint Position Paper and the conducted survey collecting expert opinions, on presenting the AMELIA Atlas, and on bringing into focus potential future activities that can be generated by the Aesthetics Transnational Movement.

The first event was organized together with the Sport Department of Sofia University. The goal was to make future physical education teachers and sporting figures aware of active cities concept and the growing role of sport for well-being.

The second event targeted students whose educational background is related to urban geography, spatial planning, and regional development. The main efforts were focused on making them acquainted with the potential sport-based solutions for regenerating, reshaping, and co-designing public urban places, including relevant mechanisms and tools.

The idea of the third event was to reach a wider audience, including practitioners, activists, stakeholders, young people interested in the topic, among others. Discussions there covered diverse themes related to the role of public spaces, benefits of sport and physical activities, strategies to activate stakeholders, possible ways of ensuring financing of relevant initiatives.