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ACTIVE Network Multilateral Exchange in Hamilton, Scotland

From 7-9 March 2014, the ACTIVE Network project partners gathered in Hamilton, Scotland to discuss how innovative approaches to partnerships in sport and physical activity can be spread to other localities in a particular country. The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), in association with South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture (SLLC), hosted this year's Active Network European Exchange meeting. The meeting’s cross-cutting theme was “Cross- sector cooperation in grassroots sport”.


While partnerships between municipalities and sport organisations have been in focus during the ACTIVE Network project, this multilateral exchange emphasised not to forget the importance of further cross-sector collaboration. The good practices documented by the project’s partners over the course of the project describe different sectors' and actors' involvement and innovative partnerships reaching out to non-traditional partners. A combination of all of these actors helps to develop the sport organisations' capacities to transform and adapt sport offers to new target groups.


The visiting delegates were from municipalities and sport organisations from Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland and Romania. They were invited to share examples of their locally successful sports partnership projects and to learn from others. The delegates also learned about SLLC’s projects with key local partners including NHS Lanarkshire, local sports councils and local volunteers.


During the exchange visit SLLC was presented with an ISCA MOVE Award for successfully developing and delivering an innovative MOVE Week activity titled Move Minute.


Gerry Campbell, the General Manager of SLLC, said “We are very proud to be playing a part in an initiative aimed at encouraging as many people as possible to be more physically active.


“Partnership working with ISCA and Clydesdale Sports Council has been very successful and we plan to develop more joint programmes in the future.”