IMPALAnet selected for funding through the Erasmus+ Sport programme

The European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) published the first call for proposals for the new Erasmus+ Programme, including key actions in the field of education, youth and sport. One of the calls referred to collaborative partnerships for sports. IMPALA.net was selected for funding (grant agreement no. 2014-3140/021-001). It will receive a grant of EUR 450.997 (01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017). Read more...

The Guidelines

Download the final European guidelines to improve infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity here.

These guidelines have been developed through a collaboration of scientists and policymakers from twelve European countries participating in the IMPALA project.
The guidelines present a set of criteria for good practice, illustrated by a number of country case studies. The criteria aim to improve opportunities for achieving the principles of equity, inter-sectoral collaboration and participation. The guidelines set out ways in which infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity can be assessed and improved across five key areas: policymaking, planning, building, financing, and management.

The IMPALA guidelines were integrated into the EU monitoring framework for the implementation of policies to promote health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA), based on the EU Physical Activity Guidelines. Read more...

First translations of IMPALA guidelines online

Download official translations of the IMPALA guidelines into

Czech
French
German
Portuguese

The Project

IMPALA Folder (PDF, 462 KB)

Objectives of IMPALA

The EU-sponsored (DG SANCO) IMPALA project aims to identify, implement, and disseminate good practice in the planning, financing, building, and managing of local infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity. To gather the information needed, IMPALA seeks to analyze national policies, mechanisms and instruments used in the development of infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity.

Three types of infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity are distinguished:

  • sports facilities (such as gyms, swimming pools, sports grounds)
  • leisure-time infrastructures providing specific opportunities for sports and physical activity (such as parks, playgrounds, and cycle paths)
  • urban and natural space usable for sports and physical activity (such as streets, public places, forests, beaches)

IMPALA will assist in concerting efforts for the development of local infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity in EU member states, thus helping to reduce inequalities in access to infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity within and across nations.

Interim Results Available Now

 


Implementation

To develop and agree on good practice criteria for policies and mechanisms for the development of infrastructures for leisure-time physical activityTo disseminate and implement good practice guidelines


Project duration: January 2009 - December 2010 (24 months)