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Metropolitan group discusses the future of the AML Observatory for Sport and Physical Activity

Mayors and municipal leaders discussed yesterday, September 7, the opening of new paths for the Observatory of Sport and Physical Activity of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, in a face-to-face meeting held at the premises of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

Keeping the observatory's information up to date, structuring a database that allows for comparative and evolutionary analyses, monitoring the evaluation of results, giving practical meaning to the results observed, pooling existing resources, and aligning and fostering inter-municipal cooperation are the objectives set for the observatory's new phase.

The meeting of the Metropolitan Sports and Physical Activity Group, coordinated by Metropolitan Secretary Emanuel Costa, was also attended by Professors Jorge Proença and Mário Guimarães from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Lusófona University, who are responsible for developing the platform.

For Emanuel Costa, "the participation of the municipalities in the project demonstrates its importance on a regional scale". That's why "the Lisbon Metropolitan Area has decided to move on to a stage that improves the practical scope of the observatory, with the aim of articulating public policies to combat inequalities and promote greater accessibility to sport and physical activity," he said.

The same opinion was shared by Jorge Proença, who said he "strongly believes in initiatives of this kind". The Lusófona University professor added that "the information obtained from this observatory could be an important weapon for more effective regional intervention, especially at a time when the lack of physical education is one of the tragedies of today's society".

The mayors and municipal leaders generally stressed the importance of the observatory and suggested that the project should be developed in a sustained way, based on concrete actions based on the data gathered by the observatory, training sports coaches, investment in informal physical activity and greater links with the associative movement and school practices.

The observatory is an innovative project, implemented through an interactive technological infrastructure, fed with data provided by the 18 municipalities of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, which portrays the offer, potential and specificities of the entire metropolitan territory. It resulted from a challenge from the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and its 18 municipalities, and was built on the basis of collaborative work. It is therefore an instrument at the service of better policies for sport and physical activity throughout the metropolitan region.

The observatory has been in operation since May 28, 2021, and can be consulted here.

Updated on 8/09/2022
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