FUENLABRADA: A young city, with sports and eldery as their friend.
Participation is the common thread of a city built in the last 40 years with the collaboration of several generations.
Fuenlabrada is an example of success. Success is the only way to understand the history of a city that has grown from just 7,000 inhabitants to over 200,000 in 50 years, in an orderly and cohesive manner.
There is a fundamental secret behind this succes. Citizen participation has become a common thread through the different generations of the community. This has helped to build the identity of the citizens of Fuenlabrada, the city’s main heritage.
The Vital Cities Challenge is an excellent opportunity to promote sports and healthy leisure, and encouraging participation in the city life as well. The Vital Cities Challenge also contributes to uniting different generations in the city of Fuenlabrada through active cooperation between the young and elderly citizens.
TRNAVA: Trnava offers sport opportunities for every age group. Recreational sports such as cycling, walking, running, swimming, athletics and collective games like volleyball, football and basketball are becoming increasingly popular.
The City of Trnava has six sport facilities, four sport halls and stadiums, three multifunctional playgrounds and three swimming pools besides the commercial ones. You can also visit multifunctional playgrounds in primary schools which are open in the summer all day long and during the school year in the evenings and over the weekends. The townhall is currently modernizing the Slavia Sport Complex and building new running tracks. Every year we add several kilometers to the network of bike lanes. We also conduct the bike sharing for the citizens.
We care about the public health and we do our best to provide wide range of activities and meaningful use of leisure time in the city. It is worth mentioning that Trnava received the prestigious award of the European City of Sport in 2020.
SOFIA: City in the mountains and mountain in the city
Green, modern and active
The city of Sofia, as the capital of Bulgaria, is ancient, fast growing and developing for the needs of its nearly 1.3 million inhabitants. Also like every modern EU capital Sofia is following the tendention of being a greener, attractive, and innovative destination for the guests of the city. In matters of sport and healthy lifestyle the local authorities are developing the brand "Sofia - European capital of sport" for the last 7 years and following the success of the campaign ahead of the city is the candidacy for World Capital of Sport 2024. The percentage of active citizens in Sofia is increasing on a monthly basis and that is why there is much and much more "thirst" for sport activities and a healthier-eco-friendly lifestyle. Following that tendention the VCC project can be naturally implemented, as a platform which can be very accessible and helpful for a variety of society layers - young, middle aged, elderly and basically to everyone. Looking forward to seeing the Virtual city challenge in action!
EMMEN: Did you know that a lot of happy people live in the municipality of Emmen? From all big municipalities in the Netherlands the inhabitants of Emmen belong to the top 3 happiest inhabitants in Holland. Emmen is the biggest municipality in the province Drenthe. Drenthe is in the north east of Holland. Emmen gives inhabitants a high quality of life. It is a safe, friendly, and green municipality where a lot of events are organized. From the 107.000 inhabitants of Emmen, 1500 are students. In the region a lot of educational institutions.
The city of Emmen has all services you need, like a big indoor shopping center, a hospital, educational institutions, a cinema, an Atlas theatre, and elite sports clubs, like FC Emmen (the paid football organization). Also, Emmen has the most beautiful zoo in the Netherlands, called Wildlands. You can also stay fit in Emmen at one of our 110 sport associations. You can enjoy the nature of Bargerveen and art and culture in the Rensenpark.
In the region of Emmen contains 7.800 companies. Emmen is the largest industry center of North-Holland. A lot of green energy innovations are taking place here. In addition to that Emmen has a strong service sector and offers employment in the field of High-tech systems & materials, logistics, chemistry, Agrofood, and horticulture.
ACES Europe is a non-profit association based in Brussels which assigns every year the recognitions of World Capital, European Capital, Region, City, Island, Community and Town of Sport. The allocation of these recognitions is done by ACES Europe, according to the principles of responsibility and ethics, being aware that sport is a factor of aggregation of the society, improvement in the quality of life, psycho-physical well-being and complete integration within social classes in the community. ACES Europe awards the European Capital of Sport title, an initiative that has received the recognition of the European Commission in the White Paper (Art. 50). In addition, ACES Europe is an official partner of the European Commission in the European Week of Sport.
university of bruxelles
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is based in the city of Brussels, the capital of Europe. The University was founded in 1834 as an offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The Dutch-speaking University was finally split off from its French-speaking counterpart in 1969. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a dynamic and modern University with two parkland campuses in the Brussels Capital Region: the main campus in Etterbeek is home to seven faculties. In Jette you can find the medical campus and the University Hospital. VUB offers quality education to more than 9000 students. Add to that the almost 4500 students of our partner, the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels; the 400 students at the English-speaking Vesalius College; the 5000 students at the Centre for Adult Education with whom VUB shares campuses and the more than 150 research teams working on both campuses, and you get one of the biggest centers of knowledge in the capital of Europe. Internationalisation is one of the top priorities in the VUB strategic plan, exemplified by the establishment of the International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO) in 2004. Thanks to its expertise and strategic location, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an ideal partner for prestigious research and education with an outlook on Europe and the world.
InnoSportLab Sport & Beweeg is a non-profit innovation Centre, based in Eindhoven. InnoSportLab Sport & Beweeg innovates to make sports, games and exercise self-evident for everyone. InnoSportLab strives for innovations that lead to social and economic impact, is a national sports innovator center and an active partner in the Brain port innovation cluster Sports & Technology. Together with end users, companies, municipalities and knowledge institutions, we develop new products, services and methods that contribute to making effective sports and exercise stimulation possible.
Kinetic Analysis® is lead partner of the Vital Cities Challenge project. They are specialized in human motion data and capturing data using next-generation sensors and customized measurement tools, resulting in highly accurate input that is improving peoples' lives. It is quantifying the human body motion with scientific accuracy. This data leads to the development of innovative products and services that revolutionize the way we live.