The network for European knowledge exchange in sports development

Cities for Sports connects European cities and local organisations in terms of promoting everyday exercise within their sphere of influence. Cities for Sports delivers information about five areas of actions:

Area of Action 2: Youth

Area of Action 3: Adults

Area of Action 5: Spaces

Dear cities for sports members and friends,

it has been a while since our last notice. Due to structure changes within our department, as well as the absence of an EU funded project, it became very quiet around the network "Cities for Sports".

With this message I would like to inform you about the latest developments and the next steps within the initiative:

1. Status Quo
As we neither have any resources for project coordination since 2015 nor a clear mission within a project structure to promote physical activity around Europe it became quiet difficult to maintain the website (with database). However, we don't want to give up the homepage. Therefore we will put on a notice that the network is inactive until a new project is feasible. During this time the members area will be locked, too.

Nevertheless, we would like to maintain the very enriching exchange with all of you.

2. Eurocities
Stuttgart recently became a member of the very established city network Eurocities. I noticed that a lot of Cities for Sports are also members within this network. Furthermore, I realized that Eurocities is dealing with related topics of our Cities for Sports network (e. g. Working group on Urban Active Aging). This led me to the idea of using the professional structures of Eurocities to bring in our topic of communal physical activity promotion!! For those who don't know the network yet, see here:

3. Perspective
Thinking of new projects and a more specific exchange we would love to know which topics your main focus lies on at the moment. We for example are recently working on a concept called "swim for all" in young ages as we noticed that a lot of children cannot swim when they start their school career. More established we are still working on the physical activity promotion of children, elderly, refugees and physical activity promotion in public space.

Thank you all for your valuable contributions, your expertise and your involvement!


Official presentation of the HEPA-Handbook for older people

The HEPA-Handbook with the complete collection of the HEPA-Toolbox was presented on the "Fit for Life" conference in Stuttgart, March 19th 2014.

The Conference was organised by the State Capital Stuttgart in cooperation with the University of Bologna, the Regional Government of Extremadura and the cities of Limoges, Rotterdam and Warsaw and the Robert-Bosch-Hospital.

Download your HEPA-Handbook (pdf, 5 MB)



Conference Invitation to Antwerp

05.12.13 |

The social value of sport in the city: policy challenges and possibilities On the 23rd January 2014,  the city  of Antwerp and the Vrije University Brussels organise a conference as part of Antwerp European Capital of Sports 2013. During this conference, you will learn more about the latest development in the social value of sports in a European urban context. What? Conference about the social value of sport in the city When? 23. January, 2014 Where? ALM Antwerpen, Filip Williostraat 9 in 2600 Berchem (Antwerp) Belgium » more

Prof Alfred Rütten confirmes his participation in the conference "Fit for Life"

25.11.13 |

The Europe-wide known professor from the University of Erlangen will give the impulse speech to open our conference» more

Fit for Life Conference in Stuttgart - Save the Date!!!

24.09.13 |

You are invited to join us on our conference in March 2014. It will take place on Tuesday, 18, and Wednesday, 19, March 2014 in Stuttgart. » more

Fit for Life Europe - Second Partner Meeting in Warsaw

30.07.13 |

The second partner meeting of the EU funded project "Fit for Life Europe" took place in Warsaw on 17./18./19./20. July 2013. The project aims at promoting physical activity among older persons in European cities and regions. » more

Welcome Rijeka!

15.07.13 |

With Croatia’s accession to the European Union on 1 July 2013, Rijeka joined our Cities for Sports-Network as well. We are very happy to present you the third largest city in Croatia: Rijeka is with a population of approximately 128.000 not only the third largest city in Croatia, but also the most important Croatian harbour and the industrial, administrative, cultural, sports and university centre of the region. The Department of Sports and Technical Culture performs tasks related to the city public needs in sports and technical culture, manages and controls funds allocated from the city budget, provides professional support, education and management information system in segments related to sports and technical culture needs. It is also in charge of maintenance and construction of...» more

European Commission launches 2013 Call for Proposals in the field of sport

03.07.13 |

The European Commission has recently published a new Call for Proposals, that will serve to select high-quality transnational projects which will be supported through the 2013 Preparatory Action "European Partnership on Sports": In the framework of the implementation of the second year of the Preparatory Action European Partnership on Sports, the Commission has launched a call for proposals to support transnational projects presented by public bodies or civil society organisations in the field of sport. The main novelty in relation to last year is that in the 2013 call for proposals the private third-party funding is optional: Where third-party private funding co-finances the project's eligible costs, the...» more

The database is growing

09.04.13 |

Since some members of cities for sports are very active, our database is getting bigger.» more

"Sport at the Park" starts in many cities

27.03.13 |

Matching the beginning of spring eg Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Bologna open sports offers start in the green areas of the cities» more

Become a member now!

12.03.13 |

Become member and profit from the experience and approaches of the other cities for sports!» more

First Partner workshop “Fit for Life Europe”: Good ideas collected and pilot ideas set

21.02.13 |

The first meeting of the EU-project „Fit for Life Europe“, in which the activity from elderly is promoted, shows many new proposals how elder people in Stuttgart and other cities and regions of Europe can benefit from physical activity.» more

New EU funded project in cooperation with 6 Cities for Sports: Fit for Life Europe

19.11.12 |

The encouragement of exercise for elderly in European cities and regions is going ahead. Fit for Life Europe is a project in cooperation between six European communities (the cities of Limoges, Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Warsaw, the Regional Government of Extremadura and the University of Bologna with the City of Cesena and partly the City of Bologna) that aims at making more older citizens ”fit for life”.» more

EU Sport Forum 2012

16.11.12 |

Report, speeches, videos and presentations are now available on» more

European Commission launches 2012 Call for Proposals in the field of sport

24.04.12 |

The European Commission has recently published a new call for proposals as an invitation to submit project applications for co-financing: » more

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