Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe (PACTE)
WHAT IS PACTE PROJECT ?
Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe is a three year project, financed by the Erasmus + program, which focuses on physical activity rates across Europe from a municipal perspective and on the creation of Active Cities. Previous projects and recent research have highlighted some alarming facts as concerns physical activity across Europe, such as:
-210 million European are physically inactive,
-This amounts to a minimal annual cost of EUR 80 billion across the EU28,
-And 66% of local European decision-makers are unaware of this situation.
These findings have therefore unveiled physical activity policies at the municipal level as an area deserving much closer consideration for further work since it is remains a sphere overlooked by physical activity researchers, and because local administration delivers more impactful physical activity policies than national ones do.
On the other hand, the European Commission has been increasingly promoting the European Week of Sport (EWoS) since it’s first launch in 2015. The annual event continuously gains ground and support from the sport sector and national coordinating bodies- from this perspective it is worth considering the contribution local authorities bring to EWoS’ promotion.
Sport and Citizenship Think tank, along with eight project partners TAFISA, ICSSPE, EUPEA, EFCS, ANCI, ECF, the Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association, and the City of Liverpool; as a recognised consortium, have thus set off to assess the current status quo of local sport and physical activity policies, and to further implement Active Cities across Europe.See more