The city of Leuven leads Active Local Europe, the project partners are 8 cities and municipalities and 4 network associations'

Cities & Municipalities


Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium. It is located about 25 kilometers east of Brussels. Leuven has app. 100.000 inhabitants.

Leuven is home to the KULeuven, the oldest university of the Low Countries. The related university hospital of UZ Leuven is one of the largest hospitals in Europe. The city houses the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer.

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Alphen aan den Rijn

Alphen aan den Rijn is a city in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It is located at app. 40 km from Amsterdam and 30 km from Den Haag. Alphen aan de Rijn has app. 110.000 inhabitants.

The city is located in what is called the ‘Green Heart’ of the Netherlands, along the old arm of the Rhine. The city has remains from two Roman fortifications and is for its bird park Avifauna, open air museum Archeon and the knowledge center of fruit tree cultivation.

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Bergamo is a city in the alpine Lombardy region of northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Bergamo and located at 40 km northeast of Milan. Bergamo has app. 120.000 inhabitants.

The city has an old walled center, the Città Alta, nestled in-between the Bergamo Alps and plains below. The Città Alta is encircled by massive Venetian defensive systems that are UNESCO World Heritage. Bergamo is situated in a densely urbanized area with app. 500.000 inhabitants and has the third-busiest airport in Italy.

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Den Haag

Den Haag (The Hague) is a city on the western coast of the Netherlands and the capital of the province of South Holland. It has app. 1 million inhabitants.

The Hague is the seat of the government of the Netherlands and the place where the Dutch King lives and works. 200 international governmental organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is the 3rd largest Dutch city, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is home to the world headquarters of Shell and other Dutch companies.

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Hamoir is a Walloon municipality located in the east of Belgium, at 30 km from its provincial seat Liège and 100 km from Brussels. Hamoir has app. 4.000 inhabitants. For sports it collaborates with 6 other municipalities, with app. 30.000 inhabitants all together.

Hamoir is a rural municipality. The river Ourthe crosses the municipality and along with the valley of the Ourthe largely contributes to Hamoir as a touristic place to be. The municipality is moreover part of four different natural regions.

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Ingelheim am Rhein is a city in, actually the seat of) the Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz). It is located 50 km west from Frankfurt. Ingelheim has 25.000 inhabitants.

Ingelheim lays between the banks of the river Rhine and the Mainz Mountain. It has as an upper and lower city center. Ingelheim has an Imperial Palace from the 8th century, which served emperors and kings as a lodging and a ruling seat, until the 11th century. It is the home to Boehringer, a world leading pharmaceutical company.

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Izegem is a municipality located in the North-West of Belgium at 30 km from Bruges and 40 km from Ghent. Izegem has app. 26.000 inhabitants.

The river Mandel and a canal run through the city. Along the shores of the canal, a large industrial zone has developed. Izegem used to be famous for its shoe- and brush-making. This is why the city houses a re-known shoe- and brush museum.

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Paderborn is a city in the province North Rhine-Westphalia, situated in the West of Germany. Paderborn has app. 150.000 inhabitants.

Paderborn was founded by Charlemagne in 795, although its official history began in 777 when Charlemagne built a castle near the river Pader. The Pader originates in more than 200 springs near the Paderborn Cathedral. After World War II, in which the city was destroyed for 85%, Paderborn was reconstructed to what is now a modern city and major industrial seat in Geramany.

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Valdengo is a municipality in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 60 kilometers northeast of Turin. Valdengo has app. 2.500 inhabitants.

Valdengo is located at the foot of the Biella mountains, with an area that extends from the green hills to the plain. The houses, mostly villas and small condominiums, have large and well-kept gardens that blend together with green fields and extensive woods. Valdengo is characterized by its castle, a complex of buildings of medieval origin.

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ANCI (Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani)

ANCI is the network of Italian cities and municipalities, its members are locally in charge for over 90% of the Italian citizens.

ANCI represents the interests of its members towards the central organs of the State (Parliament, Government, Regions);
promotes the study and the search of matters that affect its members and more globally the public administration;
provides advice and assistance to members, directly or through participation or agreements with companies, in relation to what s assigned to the Parliament and to the Government;
examines the employment issues of local authorities;
it promotes initiatives for citizens’ civic education and spreads the knowledge on local institutions, as well as on citizens’ participation in the working of local authorities;
It promotes and coordinates the international relations of its members and their activities in the field of decentralized international cooperation;
and its representatives intervene in institutional forums in which interests of local self-government are discussed or administered.

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DStGB (Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund)

Under the moto ‘A STRONG VOICE’, the DStGB represents the interests of the German cities and communities. At state, federal and EU level, we give the municipalities a strong voice. We address the issues that move citizens locally.

Through 17 member associations, 11,000 large, medium and small municipalities are organized and networked through us. The DStGB works independently of political parties and without state subsidies. The composition of the organs is based on the vote of the voters in the local elections.

The DStGB works as municipal representation of interest, information network, coordination office.

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Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid

Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid (translated as Network Local Sport Policy), the former Flemish Institute for Sport Management and Recreation Policy (Vlaams Instituut voor Sportbeheer en Recreatiebeleid, ISB) is a membership association and knowledge center; for the management of sport, physical activity and recreation at the local and regional level.

These members represent more than 290 local authorities for sport and physical activity from the 300 cities and municipalities in Flanders/Belgium. Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid is also active in the Brussels-Capital Region.

The organisation is specialized in local and regional sport and recreation policy and management. Its two main roles are to act for the benefit of its members, as a representative, and to serve as a knowledge center.

Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid provides sustainable education and training. It is a forum for cross-fertilization and a spearhead for innovation.

Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid functions bottom-up, inspired by its members in a variety of fellow-groups.

Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid is a membership association and a network organisation for local and regional sport service administrators, sport councils, community services, sport infrastructure trustees, public swimming pools and recreation centers.

The organisation has a team of over 10 professional staff members.

It is an independent interlocutor with the Flemish/Belgian government and other authorities.

Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid collaborates extensively with other actors in the field of sport and recreation, such as private companies, research institutes and the media.

Grassroots sport is at the center of the goals and activities of Netwerk Lokaal Sportbeleid.

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VSG (Vereniging Sport en Gemeenten)

Together strong for local sports!
The Association of Sports and Municipalities on sports policy is the platform in the Netherlands for the development and positioning of sport and physical activity as a binding element in society.

The policy on sport and physical activity is important for the general welfare of citizens. Sport and physical activities provide opportunities for talent, meaningful leisure activities, active participation in society and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Municipalities play an important role when it comes to sport and physical activity in the Netherlands. As a director through enabling policy and as financier of the many sports facilities.

Municipalities ensure that sport and physical activity are accessible to all citizens, present and safe in the neighbourhood, together with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, are important focus points. Also are organizations on sport and physical activity valuable partners to achieve objectives in other policy areas such as education, health, urban development and city marketing.

The wide importance of sport and physical activity will require continued and special attention of our municipalities. Whether it is for recreational or competitive sports, to organized or unorganized activities, to sport as a goal or to sport and physical activity as an instrument.

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