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Metropolitan sports observatory to undergo new phase of development

AML studies improvements to strengthen the metropolitan observatory for sport and physical activity.

The Metropolitan Observatory for Sport and Physical Activity was highlighted at the meeting of the Metropolitan Working Group for Sport and Physical Activity, which took place on July 10 in the auditorium of the AML headquarters building.

The meeting, coordinated by metropolitan secretary Emanuel Costa, was attended by around 30 leaders and technicians from the 18 municipalities, as well as professors Jorge Proença and Mário Guimarães, from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, who are scientifically responsible for building the observatory.

In addition to the history, presentation, methodology and results of the observatory project, proposals were also made for its continuity and evolution.

The creation of the observatory, in the second quarter of 2021, was the result of an expressed desire by the municipalities of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area to have an instrument to support decision-making and the definition of land management strategies, combining multiple dimensions of intervention in the sports area with the different agents working in the field.

This innovative project, materialized in an interactive and intuitive technological infrastructure, is fed with data on equipment, activities, technicians and practitioners, provided by each of the 18 municipalities, and portrays the offer, potential and specificities of the entire metropolitan territory.

It was built on collaborative work and is an instrument at the service of better policies for sport and physical activity throughout the metropolitan region.

Jorge Proença and Mário Guimarães, from Lusófona University, began by giving a very positive assessment of the work carried out so far within the observatory.

Access to organized information, the use of data for the development of other municipal projects and the quantity and variety of information made available are some of the most positive aspects of the observatory.

Aspects to review include the uncertainty of updating information and the lapses detected in loading data, which make it difficult to find and use the available information.

In the short term, the aim is to reformulate the data collection model, introduce new functionalities for searching and exporting data and introduce new ways of presenting information.

A project of activities associated with the observatory is under analysis, with objectives associated with health, education and territorial planning, carrying out studies of popular demand and interest, organizing regular meetings between municipal teams to debate and share experiences, publishing publications, and carrying out awareness-raising actions, training and support programmes.

Keeping the Observatory up to date, giving practical meaning to the results observed, aligning inter-municipal action plans according to recommendations and measures that already exist in the community, encouraging inter-municipal cooperation in areas of common interest, combining existing resources to allow for greater reach in the AML territory and structuring a database that allows for comparative and evolutionary analyses are, therefore, some of its short and medium-term objectives.

Updated on 9/08/2023
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