Urban sports in Flanders
We had a unique opportunity to work with the Flemish government (SportVlaanderen), cities, municipalities and federations to improve the urban climate in Flanders. Commissioned by Sport Vlaanderen, we helped federations to properly implement urban in their traditional structures. A varied and long-term project in which we worked together with regular partners Innobeweeglab, IDEA Consult and Vital Cities.
The partners we worked with:
Flemish government: SportVlaanderen
We provided the federations with 1-on-1 counselling and workshops on their communications. Moreover, we gave each of them the opportunity to raise an additional internal issue that we worked on together.
'Urban Sports Trails' were also organised, during which five expert sessions were held on topics including urban knowledge sharing and support, developments on a global scale and best practices. Ten Flemish municipalities (including Antwerp, Ghent, Kortrijk, Duffel and Erper-Meeren) joined in. This resulted in interesting crossovers to address needs at the urban level, explore the possible added role that federations can play for this and jointly take next steps.
Six urban federations have been able to embed urban more firmly in their structures, each in their own way.
Internally, more expertise has been gained and support has been created compared to classic sports within federations.
Federations and municipalities are more strongly connected.
Infrastructure questions have been answered and various infra concepts have been developed.
Social impact of urban has been clarified, and can be used commercially, communicatively and socially.
Above all, the knowledge, network and impact of urban has grown. Much was learned about urban sports, but also about the culture and the contribution it has on realizing a vibrant city and healthier environment.
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