UISP – Bologna – Proximity sports, exit from the Covid crisis to start again stronger

Proximity sports, get out of the Covid crisis to start again stronger

These are the themes and proposals that have emerged from Next, a European project promoted by the Uisp. The final conference was held in Rome on Wednesday, June 15.

The final conference of the Next project was an opportunity for the advocacy action of the UISP, leader of this European project supported by Erasmus +, towards the institutions and decision-making bodies that guide sports and health policies. In fact, today in Rome, at the Palazzo Valentini, representatives of regional and local administrations, representatives of the sports system and the third sector met. A very clear map of the players on the field in terms of co-planning and co-programming. But also the transversality of sport and physical activity in public policies, playing an increasing and intersectoral role between health, more livable cities, environmental sustainability, sociability and inclusion.


The different speakers and carriers of experience from Italy and several European countries were measured on these topics.

Antonio Diviesti and Raffaella Chiodo, both for the Next project, presented and illustrated the program. Tiziano Pesce, national president of the UISP: “Through social and local sports we have tried to make a contribution to people of all ages to overcome these two years of pandemic emergency # COVID19”. Pesce then greeted the guests, speakers and representatives of the associated associations, namely: ISCA (International Sport And Culture Association), Denmark; SSIZ (Sportska Zajednica Istarske Zupanije), Croatia; AJSPT (County Sports Association for All Suceava), Romania; UNICLAM (University of Cassino and South Lazio), Italy; UBAE FOUNDATION, Spain; DTB (Deutscher Turnerb Bund), Germany.

Andrea Catarci, Councilor for Decentralization of the Municipality of Rome, made the honors, and spoke about the main objectives of the “city of 15 minutes” and the importance of proximity in the widespread dissemination of physical activities and sports. Catarci emphasized that it is important to enrich each municipality with social infrastructures that allow everyone to play sports without having to leave their neighborhood, in order to spread the sports culture in one of the most sedentary countries in Europe.
Tiziano Pesce stressed the importance of these commitments: “The example of the municipality of Rome could also be followed by other local authorities,” said President Uisp.
Raffaella Chiodo, project coordinator, emphasized how, after the pandemic, our company needs to be enriched with infrastructures that promote sports culture and foster relationships. The outcome of the meetings and the exchange of views has led to the conclusions proposed today. Raffaella Chiodo also emphasized the effectiveness of the Next project for the possibility of comparing the different experiences carried out in Italy and in the other European countries involved.

Roberto Tavani, Sports Delegate of the Lazio Region, spoke about the need for social infrastructures that favor socialization in a sporting and local context, to try to change course and focus on a system that promotes movement and physical well-being. “The Covid period,” said Tavani, “has shown us how important sport is psychologically and how movement is a primary need that should not be overshadowed by institutions.”

Daniela Conti, head of Intercultural Policies and Cooperation Uisp, recalled that the project was launched even before the pandemic and that, with the evolution of the crisis and the emergency, it was necessary for everyone to spread the opportunities moving near his home. In the second part of the morning, the experiences of the Next project in Europe and Italy, promoted by the Uisp Committees of Sassari, Reggio Emilia and Florence, were illustrated.
“One of the main objectives in our city – said Maria Pina Casula, Uisp Sassari and regional president of Uisp Sardegna – was to relate the actions of the people through the construction of a network of exchanges and reciprocity of support to the social fabric, to strengthen it. The role of citizens and volunteers, who must be active and responsible, is crucial. “
Evelyn Iotti from Uisp Reggio Emilia spoke about the neighborhood tables that encouraged moments of discussion and confrontation with the locals. Different motor, creative, artistic, recreational and health laboratories have been designed in these tables.
What have these experiences taught us and what do they leave for the future? Here are some useful ideas that came up: rethinking the common room as a place of well-being and sociality; think of extended projects involving construction companies and institutions in order to build cozy spaces, suitable for condominiums; creating a network for existing and under construction condominium rooms to become places for different uses, from sports to services; the involvement of the whole neighborhood with local activities and services; make the condominium rooms multi-purpose and multi-purpose spaces with nearby green spaces for outdoor activities; connecting different realities with cycle and pedestrian routes to optimize time and promote sustainable mobility; giving life to authentic outdoor gyms, free and open to the public, using condominium patios and green spaces. Speakers to illustrate European experiences: Mihai Androhovici, Suceava (Romania); Matija Cerveni, Pula- (Croatia). After Pia Pauly (Germany), Saska Benedicic Tomat (Slovenia-Denmark).

Roberto Pella, vice president of ANCI – National Association of Municipalities of Italy, stressed how health and sport are common goods and sedentary lifestyle is the negative phenomenon that must be overcome. “Italian municipalities – said Pella – are taking sport as a cross-cutting indicator of public policies on health, habitability, urbanism.”

Simone di Gennaro of Cassino University spoke about the need to change the focus on the organization of calls and projects, emphasizing the importance of achieving the goal and giving more importance to the path by which improvement is achieved and through which innovation is realized.

Resuming the work of the afternoon session, moderated by Toni Llop, Next Project – Spain and Raffaella Chiodo Karpinsky, Next Project – Italy, Tiziano Pesce, national president of the UISP stressed that: “After the long period of the pandemic, which had a serious impact, a strategic approach is needed to relaunch and enhance the role of sport and physical activity in building a more resilient and sustainable society throughout the sport supply chain and partnerships. This election must be placed within the broader process of economic and social recovery, trying to identify objectives to strengthen the capacity of the sports sector to react to the crises that are increasingly they hurt us more ”.

ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby wondered how to exercise again after Covid-19 and what the current trends are. “We also have to learn to enhance the home spaces, the one in our house for physical activity, every occasion is good – said Kirkebi – and we also have to understand that they are healthy and social activities, because they produce fun and joy “.
Vanessa Pallucchi, spokeswoman for the Third Sector Forum, emphasized the need to: “Promote co-planning and co-programming actions between institutions and the third sector: sport has social characteristics capable of promoting intersectoral public policies”. Massimo Gasparetto, head of Uisp’s health promotion policies, spoke about health equality, a prerequisite for any activity to promote sport as a right for everyone, at all ages: “Uisp he has always thought more about people and less about the outcome. That is why the Next project was born, which aims to bring sports opportunities closer to people, making them accessible, under the house. This work we do continuously makes inclusion an essential value. Just think of the activities that the UISP organizes continuously in prisons and for people with mental illness, activities like Matti for football for example ”.

Vito Cozzoli, President of Sport and Health, highlighted the work carried out in recent years by his body in the direction of spreading a new culture of sport, made for the well-being and the right to sport for all. “These are goals that see us perfectly in line with the UISP and the third sector because our common goal is to affirm the social value of sport, take it where it currently does not reach, enhance its inclusive and intersectoral capacity” .
“The comparison of European experiences on local sports confirms that the exit from the # COVID19 pandemic may be the best investment for our communities, especially for young people,” said Tiziano Pesce at the end, thanking the speakers, the participants. , at the Metropolitan Municipalities. of Rome which hosted the event and all the staff of the national Uisp Projects staff who contributed to the success of the initiative. (edited by Ivano Maiorella, collaborated with Sergio Pannocchia, Arjola Cani, Lorenzo Boffa, Abel Vianney Gentili, Eduardo Raso)

Source: Uisp Nacional

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