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For TAFISA to recognise and acknowledge a city’s or community’s work in the active city field, their work must meet TAFISA’s ‘Good Practice Criteria’, and be:
Innovative & Unique
Particularly within the field of Sport for All, people often must ‘think outside the box’ to find a desirable and practical solution. This is due to many factors, including budget restrictions, lack of recognition and prioritization by those in power, lack of manpower, lack of facilities, etc. For Sport for All initiatives to be successful, they must be innovative with some element of originality and creativity, and they must be unique, with something quality which makes them enjoyable and motivates citizens to pay attention and take part.
Sustainable & Consistent
Because of the many restrictions mentioned above that are common to the field of Sport for All, initiatives in this field must be sustainable in terms of budget, target group, resources and facilities available. Sport for All initiatives should aim for consistency on two levels: at a consistently high standard so citizens will want to continue to participate, and with some degree of repetition (consistency on the calendar) so Sport for All becomes a habit for participants.
Demand Oriented & Dynamic
Whilst consistency is important, it is equally important that Sport for All initiatives encompass those qualities that are particularly important and attractive to potential participants, and adapt to changing times and situations to maintain interest levels and be up-to-date with the latest developments in sports, education, facilities and available budgets and resources.
Improve Life Quality & Sport for All Participation
Sport for All initiatives should aim to better the situation for citizens, physically, psychologically and socially. Sport for All initiatives should encompass values of inclusiveness and being positive, to encourage more citizens to take part in Sport for All and physical activity, and maintain their participation over time.
Widely Applicable & Transferable
Despite differing levels of development and available resources and facilities, the challenges facing Sport for All initiatives around the world are similar. For this reason, TAFISA places value on Sport for All initiatives being applicable and transferable to other cities and communities with some similar aspect, for example size, location, culture, etc., so that the ‘reinventing the wheel’ is eliminated and the scarce resources available to Sport for All can be put to most effective use.
The SportCityNet partners and cities and other Triple AC recognized communities worked hard to achieve these standards.