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ISCA Awards For MOVEment Spaces 2018 Nominees


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In 2018, ISCA is awarding alliances who have reimagined and transformed urban spaces into active spaces. We call these spaces MOVEment Spaces because they enable citizens to enjoy their human right to MOVE.

Our expert jury has selected 12 nominees for the awards, which are alliances of different stakeholders that have taken a coordinated approach to delivering physical activity opportunities in three categories of urban spaces:
Green spaces (parks and other green areas); Black spaces (paved and asphalt spaces, including squares and roads); and
Blue spaces (anywhere there is water, such as lakes, rivers or harbours).

The combination of stakeholders can be from a variety of sectors including sport, health, leisure, education, transport, urban planning, architecture, local authorities, business and community groups.

Applications were open until 10 September 2018. The jury will select winners from the 3 categories and the fourth award will be selected by a People's Choice vote.

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ISCA Awards For MOVEment Spaces 2018 Nominees

  1. 1. Award Nominees 2018
  2. 2. Title BG Be Active - The Spot Providing people of all ages with safe places to play and exercise, while also allowing for a range of leisure activities to take place around that area, and also bringing people closer together and fostering a strong sense of community is easier said than done. When this is put in the context of small, underfunded villages the challenge becomes even more difficult. However, BG Be Active and their partners InFormal, Trudolyubtsi and Miletia have come together and pooled their resources and expertise to do just that. The villages of Zlatitsa and Trudovets had suffered from decaying civic areas that have been neglected by local authorities, and have proven impractical to repair and renovate. This, coupled with their distance from major towns and cities, has meant that people in these areas have had extremely limited options to be active in their local area, and has also meant a level of disenfranchisement amongst citizens. To tackle both of these issues at once, the project is founded on the principle of place making. By physically restoring the “spots” such as parks and leisure areas this not only provides residents with more, varied, free, opportunities to be active, but also helps foster a sense of community that is lacking. Engaging volunteers to help restore the areas, and providing local people with an informal education in this regards helps do just that, and the installation of varied facilities such as chess-boards, playing fields, table tennis tables, children’s playgrounds and benches means that people from all walks of society can live healthier more active lives.
  3. 3. Title Bogota District Recreation and Sports Institute - Ciclovía Bogota Modern cities are getting busier than ever. More traffic, more pollution, and more people with hectic daily schedules means that opportunities to be active in your own way of choice, in a communal area alongside fellow citizens, has grown to be increasingly difficult. That is why the District Institute of Recreation and Sports in Bogota, Columbia, alongside their partners The Secretary of Education and The District Department of Mobility, have come together to ensure that residents of the capital city have regularly opportunities to exercise in the heart of their city en masse! Every single Sunday of the year, and on all public holidays the main roads of the city – connected in a 120km circuit – are closed to traffic from 7am until 2pm. This means that every single area of the city is covered and connected. But it is not just closing off the streets that gets people active and promotes community cohesion. There are a range of different sections open for different physical activities so that everyone from children to the elderly can be involved, guided cycle tours taking place, locations for extreme sports practice, and places to buy food and water, as well as free public toilets, so that people can stay for the duration of the Ciclovía. Not many schemes to get people physically active can boast about ensuring that 1.5 million people a week are getting moving… but that is the average for each event in Bogota.
  4. 4. Title By & Havn/CPH City & Port development - P-hus Lüders - Konditaget Lüders Multi-storey carparks are not the first thing that you think of when you think about places made for people to move. But in North Copenhagen By & Havn (Copenhagen City & Port Development), alongside their partners DGI (one of the largest sports organisations in Denmark), the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, and local sports association Nordhavn IF, are looking to challenge that perception. To do this they have created, 24 metres above the shoreline of the Baltic Sea, a unique 24,000m public space has been designed for exercise and play. The land has been reclaimed as part of the re- generation of the old port area, and the overarching aim of the project has been to enable residents of all ages, visitors, nurseries, schools and local associations the chance to move and play more, by giving everyone a space designed just for that purpose. Residents themselves were involved in the process of establishing the space, giving the partners a direct insight into what they wanted and needed to ensure the area would be used regularly. Regular sports activities are organised within the space, and it caters for everyone, from high-end athletes, to the elderly, to children, giving people a space to move and meet in a densely populated urban area where such activities otherwise might not be possible. Different surfaces are in place to allow a range of activities, and there are a range of sports apparatus in place so everyone can be active!
  5. 5. Title City of Copenhagen, Culture and Leisure Department - Bathing Zones Access to areas where you can bathe and swim outdoors in a safe environment are difficult to come by, especially in large, busy cities. Such opportunities in clean water, with a range of facilities such as different sizes and depths of pools are even rarer. That is why what Copenhagen Cities Culture and Leisure department, alongside partners Copenhagen Harbour Authority and local landowners have done is so special. They have created several bathing zones right in the Danish capitals city centre, and are accessible to all. Ramps down to the water with platforms attached mean that there are no access issues for anyone, regardless of their age or level of mobility, and the pools are marked out with lane ropes to show both passing boats and people using the pools where they can swim. The facility possesses one 50m pool, especially for swimming, which swimming clubs utilise and swimming lessons take place, and a smaller pool that is more suitable for families and playing around. There is also access to the pools all year round, which makes it far easier and safer for winter bathers to go for a dip or a swim outside of the summer months as long as they can brave the cold Baltic seawater! Citizen input into where the bathing zones were placed was also taken into account in the planning process, so that the facilities would be able to be functionally used by as many people as possible.
  6. 6. Title Deutscher Turner-Bund (DTB - German Gymnastics Federation) – Fitness-Locations The DTB (The German Gymnastics Federation) “Fitness-Locations” project aims to change the green urban settings into a new fitness centre, accessible to all citizens and, in this way, to provide a nationwide coverage of cities with professionally designed public outdoor training facilities, motivating the population to be physically active just by their doorsteps. The main concept of the “Fitness-Locations” is that they are installed in green areas close to residential spaces, so the easy access to them by the neighbours is part of it attractiveness. By having permanent, free of charge and quality equipment available, the only requirement for the people is to put on their sport shoes, get fresh air and move. Seven german cities (Berlin, Postdam, Leipzig, Gießen, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Schwäbisch Gmünd) took part in the project during the pilot phase (2016 - 2017), and in 2018 six more cities participate (Bremen, Ummern/Wessendorf, Wolfenbüttel, Osnabrück, Frielendorf and Muldestausee). The general coordination and management of the project is conducted by the DTB, which brings together different stakeholders, from different sectors, to work together reshaping public spaces into active spaces.
  7. 7. Title GAME Lebanon - Looking for a Place to Dream The organisation GAME Lebanon with the innovative campaign “Looking for a Place to Dream” pursues the goal to provide children and youth in Lebanon the access to more public space to do sports because in Beirut for example the public space makes up only 0.5% of the city and free access to sport facilities is almost not existing. In partnership between GAME’s young volunteers (Playmakers) and a private advertising agency JCP a scale promo campaign for the project was created, which includes the development of a smartphone app (“GAME Dream”). The app allows the youth to design their own dream “black space” by taking pictures of empty plots in the city and adding cool sports emojis to illustrate the opportunity of turning the space into a public playground. These designs are being uploaded to the campaign page to create awareness for both politicians and the general population about the issue of lack of public spaces to play sports. In the beginning of 2018, a photo of an abandoned school yard, which hadn’t been used since the civil war lead to a partnership with the Municipality of Tripoli (North Lebanon) and a renovation of the place to a new place to offer free basketball practices for children in the neighbourhood. The place is now open to the public and GAME offers free basketball practices every Saturday with up to 100 children participating every week.
  8. 8. Title Healthy Ireland - Healthy Cities and Counties - Swim Distance Markers in Galway Bay To promote sea swimming, to encourage people to be active and last but not least to promote the social benefits of meeting and swimming together, five swim buoys at the following distances - 100m, 250m, 500m, 750m and 1000m have been reinstalled in the sea in Galway city, Salthill beach. The range of swim distance buoys also promotes progression with the aim to increase the distance. This is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland and it got very positive feedback from the population. The initiative was realized by Healthy Galway City as a part of a Healthy Ireland – Healthy Cities and Counties network (the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing) in collaboration with the Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Health Service Executive, Galway City Council, Galway Sports Partnership and local sports clubs. The main strategic goals of the project are: to promote and encourage sea swimming in Galway Bay, to increase the number of people swimming in Galway Bay, to provide incentive to progress and improve sea swimming, to increase cooperation and maximise resources between relevant sports clubs. The fact that the initiative is connected to National Policy Framework (Healthy Ireland) and local structure (Healthy Galway City) ensures sustainability and access to repeat funding for the project. Furthermore, successful implementation of this project is a good example for the other cities and countries, which are part of the Healthy Cities and Counties network.
  9. 9. Title MOVE Malta - Shake It! The island nation of Malta has for many years been amongst the least active countries in Europe. An innovative project from MOVE Malta and their cross-sectoral partners is helping to change that! They have teamed up with Valetta’s local council and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, as well as the Valetta 2018 foundation, Breaking limits and Street elements to ensure they have the expertise and experience across a number of different areas to successfully get more people active. The foundation of the initiative is public squares and parking spaces being transformed into places where people can move and play. This youth-led project builds on these sports activities within the revitalised public spaces to engage the community and get them involved and active. To do this a range of sport and exercises are organised by young volunteers, from soccer to silent discos, with the main aim of increasing physical activity levels in the community by reaching 5000 marginalised and non-active youth. These activities are always ran in a friendly and inclusive manner, where anyone can get involved, with migrants, refugees, and those with disabilities all playing an active role. As a result it does not just get more people moving, but also helps bring people together. This encourages healthy social interaction, empowers young people to be active citizens to shape the future of their nation, and shows that youth culture is not something that is anti-social, but can help incorporate fun, non-formal learning into public spaces and people’s everyday lives.
  10. 10. Title Nike do Brasil - Rio 2016 Legacy – Olympic Villages – Getting Kids Active in Rio An Olympic games brings fantastic facilities to a city and a nation, however, it is not always the case that such facilities benefit the local people once the closing ceremony finishes. Nike Brazil are doing their best to ensure that the legacy of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro gets more people active around the nation going forward. To do this they have partnered with the City of Rio’s local government, as well as the UN Development program and the Instituto Esporte Educação. Together they have ensured that the 22 Olympic villages around the city are sports and recreation centres that serve around 25,000 children, with the goal of doubling that figure by 2021, and also getting more girls involved. In order to achieve this they have refurbished four of the villages, are continually training almost 600 PE teachers who work in the villages so they can deliver lessons at a high level, have donated 40,000 items of footwear and other equipment and apparel, engaged numerous volunteers to help PE teachers deliver classes, and organise numerous special events and elite athlete appearances to inspire the children at the centres, and attract new participants. The partnership truly shows that the Olympic spirit does not have to end when the games do, and who knows, the project may well help produce the next generation of Brazilian Olympians, while also getting more people active to combat inactivity in the city!
  11. 11. Title Polytechnic School - Regulating and marking the section of the European Pedestrian Road E- 4 Horgoš Martonoš – Kanjiža - Novi –Kneževac So many urban areas in our world have accessible green spaces within close proximity to them, yet them simply being there is often not enough to encourage people to use them regularly. Ease of access is often a problem, as is functionality, for many people using such spaces is inconvenient and time- consuming. But an initiative from the Polytechnic School in Subotica, Serbia, alongside their partners Spartak Mountaineering Club, is aiming to change this, and ensure that people can easily access green spaces, making more opportunity for physical activity, while also protecting the local environment. They are doing this by connecting urban areas by way of creating hiking paths both in Serbia and Hungary, with the organisations based close to the border. Marking, regulating and maintaining the hiking tracks, with young people responsible for this aspect of the project, while also providing extensive information along the routes and online as to places of historical and cultural significance, and places to sleep and eat on the routes should ensure that more people are aware of these green spaces, and use them, both functionally and for leisure. There will also be regular activities taking place along and around the routes. It is hoped that this will also ensure that local young people help shape the future of the area, and encourage healthy lifestyles, by making people realise the extensive possibilities to be active that are right on their doorsteps!
  12. 12. Title School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology - Beat Stress, Move More. How to beat stress and get moving - the restorative response potential of a sensory garden With all the pressures of modern living it can be difficult to find the time and space to unwind and find time for yourself. To do this while also staying physically active and mentally healthy is even more of a challenge. And to provide such opportunities for people from all segments of society may seem impossible. However, the School of Sport and Recreation at Auckland University of Technology, alongside partners AUT estates and Greenstone Design UK Ltd. have instigated a project that is doing just that! They designed and developed a 900 square metre sensory garden on campus, that is open to everyone, and helps to reduce peoples stress levels through providing opportunities to be physically active. The garden features accessible zones from passive to active, with paths that link them, flexible seating, raised growing beds, an urban ‘beach’, a woodland walkway and an orchard-in-a- meadow. There is also biodiverse planting and a range of surfaces in place to attract as many people as possible. The effects of the garden were studied with a sample of 240 people from across society, and showed a statistically significant effect. Stress cortisol levels were reduced, activity went up after time in the sensory garden, and people became more productive at work! Local schools and retirement communities have visits to the garden, and it is maintained by local citizens called “Friends of the Garden”.
  13. 13. Title Vejle Kommune - Maria Park People often take their local parks for granted, and it is increasingly common to see once lush green spaces neglected, underused, and unattractive places for people to go and be active. In Western Denmark Vejle Municipality, alongside their partners The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, and the Danish Government, have created a space that will not only ensure people will want to use their nearby park, but will have ample opportunities to use it in a way that will get them healthy and moving! Maria Park is a newly created public facility that is over 13,000 square kilometres, but it is not just any park, it specifically focuses on physical activity. What was once a parking lot is now a thriving green area that acts as a link between the west of the city and the centre, allowing people to move easily around that part of the city in an active manner in beautiful surroundings, getting them moving without it being a chore. There are multiple sports playgrounds and public installations that allow people to be active, such as a winter ice rink that in summer is an area for roller-skating and ball games, active and urban zones, aesthetic and sensual landscaping, small, private and enclosed areas as well as large open spaces which ensure versatile use of the park all year round. Numerous cultural and sporting events also regularly take place in the park, and citizens are included in the programming and planning to ensure citizen ownership of the space.