Community development, Social inclusion

Civic spaces for sport.

Promotion for a civic community dedicated to sport and its psycho-physical and socialization benefits.

Creators

Who is behind this?

Marco Pietrogiacomi

FIDAL (Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera)

http://www.fidal.it/

Italy

Who is joining forces?

SCAIS Associazione Benemerita del CONI

http://www.scais.it

Italy


MetricUp

Italy


CSV Lazio

http://www.volontariato.lazio.it

Italy


All the partners will support the project with their specific knowledge: SCAIS - sport planning; MetricUp - georeference platform; CSV Lazio - social support; Ustep - support for a civic network.

Idea

Idea pitch

CIVIC SPACES FOR SPORT aims at offering to citizens in the city of Latina a vehicle of inclusion through sport as vector for integration and socialization. A web platform (website and application) will offer the occasion to create a community to share sport information, personal training session, but most of all the possibility to share information and media about the city. Through the platform, at the members will be given advice of meeting events.

Where will your project idea take place?

Latina, Lazio, center of Italy

What is the local challenge?

Latina has seen in the last decades the immigration of Polish, Albanian, Romanian, Indian, East European and African. The city itself was founded in 1930's by people from several regions of north Italy. Currently foreign citizens resident in Lazio amount to 683.409; of these 8% is concentrated in Latina. Nowadays, citizenship in Latina presents integration issues as well as obstacles to the exercise of civil and social rights by immigrant citizens. There is a clear need to enhance the participation and promotion of the culture of duties and responsibilities, as well as rights, among indigenous and foreign residents.

How does your idea strengthen democracy and active citizenship at a local and community level?

The project aims to create both virtual and real civic spaces, both virtual and real communities. The creation of virtual communities on the platform allows to start a fully inclusive civic space that is then transformed into social contacts through sporting and social events in the territory. FIDAL intends to reach the project objectives by sport, since it contains itself principles of sharing and participation. CIVIC SPACES FOR SPORT will also be a driving force for the promotion of an urban transformation to accommodate sports development in the city, to offer to all its citizens.

Who are you doing it for?

Running is becoming one of the most popular sport for amateurs, it can be practiced everywhere because it needs no expensive equipment. Nevertheless, this sport has always been considered as an individual sport but it can be used as a vector for integration and socialization. Athletics has always been a sport free from ideology therefore, it seems to be the best sport to overcome social barriers and prevent political exacerbation, racism. The project wants to promote sport and the same time inclusion between Italian and foreign people, that are not integrated in a common civic space. They will be reached with the help of a civic and social organization that will spread this opportunity to create an international local community.

How do you plan to get there?

CIVIC SPACES FOR SPORT provide for several steps to create an inclusive community: the creation of a geo-referenced web platform created by MetriUp, the dissemination of the project through meetings organized by CSV Lazio and local civic administration, an opening sport event, sharing of local information on the platform through UStep, meetings organized with the local administration to inform about possible urban transformation to welcome sport, organization of 4 sport and social meeting dedicated to the community, virtual sport events.

What are the expected results?

The local citizens have the possibility to practice individual and free sport since the city is near the sea and have several municipal parks. There are several sport events organized in the year but there aren’t ‘til now projects that aim at the specific inclusion of foreign people. The project will be the occasion to involve all the citizens in different common aims: the practice of sport, the creation of a community without differences, common opportunities.

How does your initiative contribute to strengthening democracy in Europe?

All the European community is involved in immigration and integration is a common problem. A local project that aims at the creation of an inclusive civic society can be the occasion to experience activities that can be spread al over Europe. This first approach can also have an upgrade, involving not only local communities but also regional, national and international communities since the community can be a local one but also a web one, created by citizen from all Italy and Europe perhaps.

What is your story?

CIVIC SPACES FOR SPORT project's methodology is based on making people feel part of a community by comparing their physical performance and social information. As a result of being part of a community formed by people coming from every social background, involved users could develop new interests, discover new passions and target new objectives. Moreover, being part of a community under the umbrella of a sport activity means tearing down social barriers, the real cause of radicalization.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

€ 51250,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Project’s elaboration and coordination: 14.650,00
Promotion: 3.700,00
Operation, management and capital equipment: 32.900,00

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

FIDAL would be grateful for feedback that recognize that sport development in a civic way can be defined as a form of intervention in sport and recreation that in some way addresses inequalities inherent the nowadays society.

Team

FIDAL

alessandro.difelice2@gmail.com

Idea created on May 24, 2020
Last edit on May 27, 2020

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