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Announcing the ISCA Awards 2018 winners for MOVEment Spaces! 4 partnerships recognised for transforming urban spaces into active ones

The jury and people’s choice votes are in and we are delighted to announce the winners of the first ISCA Awards, which in 2018 recognise partnerships that have transformed urban spaces into active spaces (under the theme MOVEment Spaces).


MOVEment Spaces are public areas that are designed in a way that enable citizens to enjoy their human right to MOVE by being physically as part of their daily lives. This year, we aimed to award partnerships that have created active green (parks and other green areas) black (asphalt and paved areas) and blue (open water areas) spaces.


Our expert jury has selected the following winners of the MOVEment Spaces Awards, which will be presented at the MOVING People – MOVING Europe Conference and Awards celebration on 23 November 2018 in Paris.


Green spaces award

WINNER: Fitness-Locations, from DTB, Germany (pictured above top-left)


Shortlisted: Germany; Vejle Kommune, Maria Park, Denmark; School of Sport and Recreation Auckland University of Technology, Beat Stress, Move More, New Zealand; Polytechnic School, European Pedestrian Road E-4 Horgoš-Martonoš-Kanjiža-Novi Kneževac, Serbia; BG Be Active, The Spot, Bulgaria


Black spaces award

WINNER: Looking for a Place to Dream, from Game, Lebanon (pictured above top-right)

Shortlisted: Nike do Brasil, Rio 2016 Legacy – Olympic Villages – Getting kids active in Rio, Brazil; MOVE Malta, Shake It!, Malta; By & Havn/CPH City & Port development, P-hus Lüders - Konditaget Lüders, Denmark; Bogota District Recreation and Sports Institute, Ciclovia Bogotana, Colombia


Blue spaces award

WINNER: Bathing Zones from City of Copenhagen, Culture and Leisure Department, Denmark (pictured above bottom-left)

Shortlisted: Healthy Ireland - Healthy Cities and Counties network, Swim Distance Markers in Galway Bay, Ireland


People’s Choice Award

The voting was opened to the public to select the fourth ISCA Award winner for 2018 from the 12 shortlisted partnerships. Thanks to a great response from ISCA members and followers, we received 3605 votes and the people’s choice is:


WINNER: Swim Distance Markers in Galway Bay from Healthy Ireland - Healthy Cities and Counties, Ireland (38% of the votes) (pictured above bottom-right)


Bogota District Recreation and Sports Institute, Ciclovia Bogotana, Colombia (17% of the votes)

MOVE Malta, Shake It!, Malta (12% of the votes)


Congratulations to all winners!


Special thanks to our jury of multi-stakeholder experts, Jayne Greenberg (Miami-Dade County, Florida, ISCA North America Chair, United States), Remco Hoekman (Senior Researcher Mulier Institute/Radboud University and President of the European Association for Sociology of Sport, the Netherlands), René Kural (Associate Professor, Director of Centre of Sports and Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark), Michael Shiosaki (Director of Planning and Development, Seattle Parks and Recreation, United States), Maria Luiza Souza Dias (Manager of Physical and Sportive Development, Sesc São Paulo, ISCA Latin America Chair and ISCA Vice President, Brazil), and Oliver Vanges (Development Consultant, Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, Denmark).


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