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Tartu played host to cooperation partners from Finland and Sweden

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13 December / On 23 and 24 November, Tartu played host to cooperation partners from Jyväskylä, Finland, and Umea, Sweden, as part of the Erasmus+ Impact project.

The guests who arrived in Tartu within the framework of the project were introduced to the opportunities that have been created here for developing the physical activity of city residents, and they discussed the various types of exercise opportunities used by Tartu residents on a daily basis. Also discussed at the opening seminar held in the Nature House were the future plans of the city for developing the physical activity of people, with mutual experiences being exchanged. In addition to the representatives of the city government, the guests from the Nordic countries were also hosted by employees of the University of Tartu and the UT Academic Sports Club, who are involved in promoting the culture of movement on a daily basis.

At the opening seminar in the Nature House, Deputy Mayor Mihkel Lees introduced the activities helping to develop mobility in Tartu, and emphasised that Tartu wishes to remain a city that invites movement. ‘We have invested a great deal in the renovation of school sports grounds, and the construction of cycle and pedestrian tracks and outdoor training areas. But it is always possible to do everything even better, and that is why it is both very interesting and useful to hear about the best ideas and practices of our Nordic partners,’ added Lees.

According to Mari-Ann Saluste, Director of the Tartu City Government Department of Culture, visits to partners in Finland and Sweden within the framework of the project have provided a lot to think about in regards to increasing the movement habits of city residents and valuing physical activity.

The guests from Finland and Sweden got to know the outdoor area of the Mart Reiniku School, the sports building and outdoor area of Tamme Stadium and the Variku School, they visited Annelinna Gymnasium, Annemõisa football hall, the sports hall of the University of Tartu and the Institute of Sports Sciences and Physiotherapy, and examined the Emajõe outdoor swimming pool and Barge Hall, the Holm football pitch, and the Roosi Street Disc Golf Courses. Their visit ended at the Estonian Sports Museum, where the final seminar of the programme took place.

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