OVERALL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEB SITE
The majority of the Finnish children and young people exercise too little when it comes to their own health and well-being. One of the central reasons for the insufficient physical activity is the lack of places that would be an inspiration for exercise in the daily immediate surroundings of the children and the young. In this context the possibility for physical activity offered by schools and day nurseries and the immediate surroundings of the homes plays an especially important part.
www.lahiliikuntapaikat.fi is a web site open to and free for everybody where information and support material for the development of the neighbourhood sports facilities for children and young people is to be found. Nuori Suomi ry is responsible for developing and maintaining the web site. The contents of the web site have been developed through co-operation with the Ministry of Education, with those responsible for sports in the administrative provinces, with innumerable local authorities and other local officials and with the manufacturers of such appliances that have to do with the development of the central surroundings for physical activity. Thanks to all the above mentioned for their contribution to the development of this web site.
The web site www.lahiliikuntapaikat.fi consists of the following main sections:
The section Lähiliikuntapaikka esimerkkejä contains the descriptions of projects for neighbourhood sports facilities that have got state subsidy and have been completed in different parts of Finland. From a state subsidy point of view neighbourhood sports facilities are such facilities as are all-round and free to use for everybody and are situated by housing areas so that they are easily and safely available for their users. Especially good sites for neighbourhood sports facilities are school yards and different parks and sports grounds close to housing areas.
The section Muita esimerkkihankkeita contains descriptions of developing projects where is aimed at creating such solutions as promote the spontaneous physical activity of children and young people without being a development of neighbourhood sports facilities. Such aims for development as are introduced in this section are thus e.g. the indoor spaces of schools and day nurseries and the yards of schools and day nurseries. (Note! This section will be completed in different stages during 2009 - 2010).
In the section Tukea hankkeille has been gathered information material to support the development of the possibilities to physical activity for children and young people, especially from the point of view of building neighbourhood sports facilities. The section thus contains information about how to apply for state subsidy, about what planning guides and - services there are and about what research there is on the subject.
The web site is continually developed. Ideas that have to do with its contents can be sent through the feedback function.