Active Spaces: Fostering Active Communities

On 11 May, close to 200 participants from 70 countries joined the online Workshop “Active Spaces: Fostering Active Communities”. This second event of the TAFISA Mission 2030 Workshop Series was held in partnership with the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).  

The crisis of physical inactivity impedes us all and has serious consequences in terms of health or economy. As we endeavour to curb this trend and make physical activity become a part of everyday life, action at the local level, including rethinking and redesigning the urban environment, is critical to encourage people to be more active. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit countries worldwide, open and public spaces, when available and accessible, have provided a space for people to be outdoors, be active and meet, as sport clubs, gyms, cafés, restaurants, libraries, theatres along with other venues or businesses were closed.

The Workshop “Active Spaces: Fostering Active Communities”, the second in our Mission 2030 Workshop Series, emphasized the importance of local action in the fight against physical inactivity and how we can effectively leverage open and public spaces to promote physical activity participation and strengthen social ties within the community. The Workshop further introduced what it means to build active spaces and provide directions, as well as good practices examples, on how the urban environment and the way citizens evolve in it can be sustainably reshaped to offer safe, welcoming, accessible, and inclusive opportunities for people to be physically active and connect with each other.

Relive the Workshop through our video replay below or on YouTube.


The Workshop did not only provide learnings, knowledge and experience sharing opportunities, but also practical solutions and recommendations on how to foster active communities. Learn more about key insights and resources shared during the Workshop in our dedicated article.



Keith George

Keith George, Commissioner for Education, TAFISA / Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, LJMU

Keith George is the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science), Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and a member of the Physical Activity Exchange at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been an advocate of the Active City approach in Liverpool and around the globe with various partners, including TAFISA, for the last 10 years. He has published over 300 original peer-review publications and is currently an Editor/Board member for three International Journals.


Welcome Words

Wolfgang Baumann

Wolfgang BaumannSecretary General, TAFISA

Wolfgang Baumann graduated in Sports Economics, Sports Science and English Language at the Universities of Bonn, Bayreuth and Stirling (Scotland). As the elected TAFISA Secretary General he works fulltime as the Executive Director of the TAFISA Office in Frankfurt/Germany. He is the former Executive Director of the German Sports Federation (DSB, now DOSB) and the Sport Marketing Agency Deutsche Sport Partner GmbH. He has contributed to and developed various international and national Sport for All programs and campaigns. His main working areas are targeted participation programs, marketing and management of Sport for All and comparative studies of Sport for All internationally. He has been consultant for Sport for All in more than 30 countries and invited as a speaker to numerous congresses and seminars worldwide. Moreover, he is appointed guest teacher at the Private Universities of Mannheim and Seeburg (Austria). He has published on the topic in magazines, professional journals and books. His international positions include his seat on the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission, and he is the Vice President of the International Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education (ICSSPE). In 2015 he was appointed member of High-Level Advisory Group of the EU Sport Commissioner.

Klaus Meinel

Klaus MeinelSecretary General, International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)

Klaus joins us in his role as Secretary General of the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities in Cologne (Germany). Klaus has been working for the non-profit organisation since 1997, first as a scientific staff member, and from 2003 to 2015 as the Managing Director. Since 2015, Klaus has been the organisation’s Secretary General. Klaus is also involved in programming the biannual IAKS Congress as well as the IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes for innovative and sustainable sports and leisure facilities. This is a joint award from the three organizations in their commitment to identify and promote trends for transforming communities and urban areas into places of active living as well as building sustainable facilities. The IAKS Congress is held every two years. This year, the congress theme is “Developing healthy and sustainable communities”.


Workshop Speakers

Nicky Yates

Nicky YatesStrategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager, Liverpool City Council

Nicky Yates is the Strategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager at Liverpool City Council. She leads on the delivery of the Liverpool Active City Strategy 2014-21, working in partnership with the city’s PAS Executive Board and PAS Strategic Stakeholder Group. Nicky first joined the Liverpool Active City Team in 2008, as Senior Active City Coordinator, and supported the development of the cross-sectoral approach across the city. Nicky has presented on the Liverpool Active City approach at several national and international events and was the co-lead for the city’s application to become a Global Active City this year.

Elenora Bauer

Eleonora Bauer - Active City Lead Officer, Municipality of Buenos Aires

Eleonora Bauer is the Active City Lead Officer at the Buenos Aires City Government. She supervised the international certification of Buenos Aires as a Global Active City, in the context of the legacy of the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. She has a degree in Sociology, MBA and has experience in public, private and civil society fields in processes of cultural change, leadership and organizational development.


Eugene Nzabanterura - Board Member, Rwanda Olympic Committee

Rwandan, graduated in sport sports administration, with extensive experience in sports Management
Board Member in Rwanda National Olympic Committee
President of Rwanda National Olympic Academy
Chairman of Sport for all Commission in Rwanda
National Olympic Committee 
Secretary General of Rwanda Gymnastics Federation (FERWAGY)

Oliver Vanges

Oliver Vanges - Development Consultant, The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities (LOA)

Oliver Vanges is a development consultant for LOA’s Team Sports. With over ten years at LOA he has a wide variety of successful projects behind him. Oliver Vanges has considerable experience of advising clients, activists and clubs, and of consulting with architects and other specialists to provide innovative, creative meeting places for the leisure pursuits of the future.

Joshua Yu

Joshua Yu - Director-General of Taitung County Government’s Transportation and Tourism Department, APEC Sports Policy Network

2020-Current: Director-General of the Taitung County Government’s Transportation and Tourism Development Department
Director of the Social Welfare Charity Foundation
2013-2020: Director-General of the Taitung County Government’s International Development and Planning Department
1995-2013: Prior experience in the publishing industry, managerial positions in tech companies, consultant in the life insurance industry