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SPACHE - Launch of the Pilot Program

The European project SPACHE – Sport and Physical Activity in Cultural Heritage Environments, coordinated by Tempo Livre, entered a new phase with the development of the Pilot Programs, which will be implemented in four European countries.

In addition to Guimarães, the cities of Gargnano (Italy), Heerenveen (Holland) and Piran (Slovenia) will also develop experimental programs to promote Physical Activity, leveraging the local cultural heritage.

In Guimaraes, the Tempo Livre together with the City Council and several local partners (Agrupamento de Escolas do Vale de São Torcato, ADCL – Association for the Development of Local Communities and Grupo Folclórico da Corredoura), it intends to develop a program to promote Physical Activity in various age groups, inspired by in the tasks of the Linen Cycle.

The culture and exploitation of flax has strong traditions in the Municipality of Guimarães, being one of the richest manifestations of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the region. The Linen Cycle is made up of all the necessary stages from cultivation to the transformation of linen, which culminates in the manufacture of the most diverse products. This cycle lasts for several months, in which the most diverse tasks are carried out, from sowing, uprooting, ripping, stripping, spinning, weaving, among others, which are translated into physical manifestations and actions.

The concept for the elaboration of the different activities is precisely based on the inspiration in the tasks of the Linen Cycle, to carry out games, physical activity sessions and training circuits, thus seeking to reach different target audiences.

On February 23, a participatory action will be held to launch and publicize the Pilot Program, which will take place at Parque de Lazer da Corredoura, at 9:30 am.

The SPACHE coordination is in charge of Tempo Livre and involves the Municipality of Guimarães, and seven other European partners: TAFISA (Germany), Olympic Committee of Slovenia, IRS (Italy), Comune di Gargnano (Italy), Alto Garda Volleyball (Italy), Sport Fryslân (Netherlands) and Sport & Citizenship (France).

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