TAFISA, the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) and Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC) co-hosted a virtual Active City Capacity Building Workshop on 22 and 24 March.
The workshop aimed to provide guidance to the City of Riyadh on the path towards becoming a Global Active City, and gathered around 60 participants from a variety of organisations (including Ministries of Sport, Education, Health, Transports, PepsiCo, King Abdullah Financial District, MiSK Foundation, etc.) who will have a role to play in the designing of a Riyadh Active City strategy.
SFA President HRH Prince Khalid Bin Alwaleed bin Talal introduced the workshop by underlining the importance of building Active Cities in Saudi Arabia as part of the Federation and country’s Vision 2030 to build and active nation, while RCRC’s Executive Advisor of Strategy Othman AlHaddi presented Riyadh’s current projects to transform the city. TAFISA Secretary General Wolfgang Baumann commended the timely approach of SFA and RCRC, laying stress on the relevance to have all sectors present and ready to collaborate with each other to combat the epidemic of physical inactivity. LJMU’s Dean for Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer, Keith George highlighted the need for evidence-based practice in the design of physical activity interventions.
Further presentations were given by SFA Managing Director Shaima Saleh Alhusseini on the state of Sport for All in Saudi Arabia and Riyadh, LJMU International Active City Advisor John Marsden on the Liverpool Active City case study, TAFISA Junior Director Jean-Francois Laurent on the significance of the city setting to promote physical activity, and Evaleo Operations Director Michael Gross on the Global Active City Certification. Various interactive and breakout sessions allowed participants to engage in discussions about Active Schools, Active Workplaces, Active Spaces, Active Mobility, Health & Wellbeing and Tourism.
TAFISA thanks LJMU, SFA, RCRC and Evaleo for their partnership and wishes all the best to the City of Riyadh in building its Active City strategy.
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