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Laska Nenova - ISCA

How to develop Partnerships and active citizenship?

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-          How can the city and sports organization define and share with each other goals and objectives of the MOVEment spaces partnership and share how collaborative work could help to achieve each other goals with the basis of establishing an effective and fruitful collaboration?

-          How to develop the leadership?

-          What are everyone’s responsibilities in the community?  What is your responsibility?

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For successful implementation and management of urban space for an active lifestyle it is important that we bring together different and perhaps uncommon actors in collaborative action and with a common vision to bring about change. 

First we need to map possible stakeholders for our project (local sports clubs, housing associations, education institutions, local businesses etc) that can help to  develop the physical space, the involvement of participants, the activities and funding. We all together need to set a clear and realistic strategic goals/objectives, and the actions that can support to achieve those goals. It is good to have partners that can improve urban space, activities and  also those who administrate the legislation related to the urban space. 

Be tactical and involve partners across sectors, both those who share objectives and those who could otherwise be a threat to your project. Cross sectoral cooperation require attention on clear communication and acceptance of different approaches and working methodologies. It is important that all partners feel included and valued.

We can use the following guide to learn how the partnership can be developed and managed within a community:

Community led spaces - A guide for local authorities and community groups, by Design Council UK


With the right knowledge and resources, community groups can become more actively involved, either by managing the space themselves or by licensing or leasing the space from the local authority and taking ownership of it for the benefit of the community. Many of the benefits of transferring land to community groups exist precisely because the people who live closest to the space care most deeply about it, and they usually spot opportunities or problems first. Transfer can therefore generate better quality spaces, which respond to local demand. This guide is not directly connected to physical activity development in the urban setting, but offers great insight to partnership development, inclusivity and stakeholders involvement.   This publication shows some of the advantages of transferring public open spaces to community groups. It shows how open spaces function as part of a network that benefits people beyond the immediate locality. You will find in the publication few good examples and different types of spaces, and their specific characteristics and uses and learn how you can provide different opportunities and constraints for community groups that want to take over their management and ownership.

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