International Network to Implement EU Physical Activity Guidelines on Infrastructure Development

Vision

IMPALA.net collaborates to improving the implementation of the European guidelines for improving infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity in the local arena. IMPALA.net is sponsored by the European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Grant Agreement No. 2014-3140/021-001.

IMPALA.net builds on the predecessor project IMPALA (European Commission, DG SANCO) by disseminating the IMPALA Guidelines across the EU. The project contributes to promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors and supports monitoring of implementation efforts in the field of health-enhancing physical activity infrastructure development.

IMPALA.net guides policymaking, planning, building, financing, and management at national, regional, and local levels. The project promotes a re-orientation of actors in the field towards health equity, intersectoral collaboration and participation in health-enhancing physical activity, exercise, and sports.

Objective

The main objective of IMPALA.net.is to improve access and participation in Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) through sport. This will be accomplished through a multi-sectoral approach to develop supportive infrastructures.

Main focus of the project is on the Implementation of the European Guidelines for Improving Infrastructures for Leisure-Time Physical Activity (IMPALA Guidelines) that were developed by the predecessor project IMPALA.

IMPALA.net will also disseminate the IMPALA guidelines across the EU. It will support authorities in selected countries in implementing the impala guidelines and monitoring its progress and provide expertise to relevant decision-makers at various levels on how to implement the impala guidelines and to use them for improving the development of infrastructures to get more people physically active.

The project will support sport organizations’ capacities to take a leading role as promoters of health-enhancing physical activity.

Aims

  • Improve implementation policy for HEPA infrastructure development at the national level
  • National Alliances shall develop National Action Plans to implement the IMPALA Guidelines
  • Implementation of a summer school for stakeholders

Project duration: January 2015 - December 2016 (24 months)

 

The Guidelines

Download the final European guidelines to improve infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity here.

These guidelines have been developed through a collaboration of scientists and policymakers from twelve European countries participating in the IMPALA project.
The guidelines present a set of criteria for good practice, illustrated by a number of country case studies. The criteria aim to improve opportunities for achieving the principles of equity, inter-sectoral collaboration and participation. The guidelines set out ways in which infrastructures for leisure-time physical activity can be assessed and improved across five key areas: policymaking, planning, building, financing, and management.

The IMPALA guidelines were integrated into the EU monitoring framework for the implementation of policies to promote health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA), based on the EU Physical Activity Guidelines. Read more...

First translations of IMPALA guidelines online

Download official translations of the IMPALA guidelines into

Czech
French
German
Portuguese