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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 pilot local events

AMELIA adopted a very practical, experimental, and demonstrative approach to test innovative solutions. This approach encompassed the establishment of pilot living labs where new solutions are co-designed in an open innovation environment and where a series of experimental sport-based initiatives are tested for placemaking, for public space regeneration and, most of all, for stimulating people to take part, to be more active and to practice in outdoor physical activities in cities.

In this regard, one of the main outcomes of the AMELIA project is the implementation of experimental actions in 5 Living Labs (one pilot city from each project partner’s country) to show how physical activity related initiatives might be integrated into the urban policies and strategies for a healthier lifestyle of all citizens.

EVENT IN MALAGA (SPAIN)

Actividades Alternativas wanted to implement an event that would bring about a lasting transformation of areas in a situation of neglect or destruction. The first step was to find a place that was suitable for the implementation of physical-sports activities and had never been considered suitable for this purpose. The botanical park called ‘Paseo del Parque’ was perfect as a venue, as it is very central and easily accessible from anywhere in the city and even the province by public transport.

The idea was to develop activities for all ages, that is why the space was divided into two different areas: ‘Eduardo Ocón’ and FIT- Escape Room.  The directed activities (body attack, zumba or pilates, among others) in the Eduardo Ocón auditorium took place in the open air and access was completely free of charge. An average of one or two monitors per lesson, equipped with microphones, carried out each activity at one-hour intervals, encouraging passers-by to practice the activity and even go on stage with them.

The other activity area was called FIT Escape Room and was primarily aimed at children and teenagers, although people of all ages could and did participate. In order to avoid overcrowding and to ensure that the activities were carried out correctly, shifts of a maximum of 12 people were established at 10-15 minute intervals. Since the idea was still to highlight and give value to the culture of Malaga and since the history of the city is very remarkable due to its diversity and multiculturalism, it was decided to make a series of games that would teach citizens and tourists the different stages of the history of the city. The concept of the Escape Room is a very new concept that supports the idea that ‘you should never stop playing, even if you are no longer a child’.

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EVENT IN MALATYA (TÜRKIYE)

After the disaster caused by the earthquake in Türkiye and the need to reconvert public spaces into improvised accommodation, the SPELL association thought it was vitally important to give the children back some much-needed normality and give them the opportunity to do physical activity in the open air and enjoy a day of fun activities.

Thanks to the organized event, a new sports field has been created for people. Through orienteering, SPELL taught children to being in harmony with nature and improved their cognitive skills. Orienteering cultivated a sense of teamwork and solidarity. Additionally, activities among the beauty of nature encouraged people to connect more strongly with the natural environment and increased environmental awareness.

Other positives impacts were related to:

– the psychological and physical conditions of the children participating in the event were improved;

– participants socialized through sports activities, especially orienteering, and improved their awareness of healthy/active lifestyles;

– communication was established between the children of earthquake victims who were at risk of social isolation;

– new sports fields have been introduced to the public.

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EVENT IN CASTEL MAGGIORE (ITALY)

The event in Italy included multiple activities: Historical medieval fencing lesson; Tables «with board games»; Tables with role-playing games; Fantasy and historical banquets; Open lesson and Frisbee tournament; Fighting fencing and lightsaber; Fantasy-themed creative workshop; Dance performances; Orienteering run; Women’s Football; Approach games to ethological horse riding; Bicycle ride; Walk in the park.

The Italian Pilot Project has made it possible to promote different aspects of the AMELIA Project. It has allowed a public administration, already sensitive to issues of health, environmental sustainability, inclusion, to use a public space to experiment with processes of co-creation with citizens for the construction of a citizen consultation model for the management of public spaces dedicated to sports and outdoor activities.

This process of co-creation and co-production, which has proven to require a planned period of meetings, can now become a model that the Municipality of Castel-Maggiore can also apply in other parts of the territory.

The urban regeneration of a residential area with the construction of a park has ensured the development of an area dedicated to individual and group outdoor activities, supported by sports and voluntary associations.

The initiative made it possible to attract citizens and to introduce them to sports disciplines they were not familiar with thanks to the test sessions organized at the inauguration, as well as to attract the less sporty to sport thanks to the use of activities linked to myths of literature, of cinema and theatre.

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EVENT IN LOUSADA (PORTUGAL)

The Pilot Event was part of one of the annual events organised by the Municipality of Lousada: The Municipal Children’s Day. With regard to the venue selected, the Largo da Feira, an open-air area that serves as a venue for the municipality’s monthly fairs and also as a car park, is a large place with trees that, in itself, is nothing like a suitable place for sports. However, given the scope of this project, the Municipality of Lousada wanted to show that all it takes is imagination and creativity to turn an ordinary space into a great place to exercise.

With regard to the activities promoted, sports activities that are accessible to all children and young people were selected, such as athletics and cycling, but also swimming (since the Municipal Swimming Pools are just across the road from Largo da Feira), and other less-sport-related activities that nevertheless promote physical activity, such as go-karts, boats and inflatables. The activities were organised with the collaboration and support of the primary school curriculum enrichment teachers and local sports clubs.

This Municipality of Lousada sought to reuse urban spaces for different purposes and make them accessible to all, not only in physical terms (for people with disabilities), but also in socio-economic terms allowing the entire population to enjoy the event.

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EVENT IN SOFIA (BULGARIA)

The “Sport for GREEN – Green for Sport” event in Zapaden Park, Sofia, was a resounding success, promoting the values of active living, inclusivity, and sustainability in the heart of the community.

The morning began with an invigorating yoga session, setting the tone for a day of well-being and community engagement. The event featured a series of tournaments that brought participants together in friendly competition. The badminton tournament showcased sportsmanship and skill, while the chess tournament challenged strategic thinking. The petanque tournament offered an exciting and inclusive experience for participants. The event reached its pinnacle with the Dolcini Cup cycling event, attracting cyclists of various levels to explore the beauty of Zapaden Park. The race fostered a sense of camaraderie and emphasized the importance of active transportation. The day concluded with a vibrant closing ceremony, where participants were recognized for their accomplishments in the tournaments. The event prizes were awarded, and participants shared their experiences and insights. Beyond the official program, participants were encouraged to stay and enjoy the greenery of Zapaden Park.

Briefly, the “Sport for GREEN – Green for Sport” event highlighted the potential for positive change in urban development and community engagement. By promoting active living, inclusivity, and sustainability, the event contributes to the transformation sought by the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative, aligning with its vision of sustainable, inclusive, and community-centered living spaces. The event’s success demonstrated the power of community involvement and the positive impact of green, inclusive, and active public spaces. “Sport for GREEN – Green for Sport” is a testament to the potential for change and serves as an inspiration for future initiatives aimed at fostering sustainable urban development and community well-being. It was important that the activities to be as inclusive as possible and that they were adapted to the needs of the city, the people and the features of the Zapaden park.

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