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The Green Position Sport

Towards a new culture of movement

Sport, games and play are basic human needs. Sport is fun. It promotes health and happiness, social interaction and learning skills, and encourages mental and physical agility.

Sport and exercise are good for everyone – individuals and society alike. Regular exercise helps people to stay healthy and prevent disease. Physical exercise is essential to help people recover from serious illness and accidents, and offers them new perspectives.

Sport for all – sustainable and diverse

Whether it's yoga, dance or football, inline skating, climbing or walking: there are many different types of physical activity and ways of staying fit. Whether it's about relaxation or high-energy activities, thrill-seeking or challenging oneself to the limits – there's something for everyone.

We Greens attach great importance to all types of sport and exercise – not only to the traditional sports. Popular sport, elite sport, sport for health, sport for the disabled, the elderly and children, for prevention and rehabilitation, sport on the street, outdoor sports, and exercise in daily life – we support them all.

A sports policy which ignores new developments and focusses solely on the established club and association sports falls short of what is needed. We want to promote exercise in every phase of life and in a range of organisational structures: through pre-school education and schools, clubs and informal groups, organised or non-organised activities.

Creating space for exercise

A future-oriented sports policy must take account of social diversity in urban planning and in the design and construction of sports and leisure facilities. Modern urban development policies should take account of people's diverse mobility needs – for example by considering the needs of inline skaters and wheelchair users equally in the choice of paving materials and the design and positioning of curbs. It provides play areas that are exciting and encourage children to move around, and creates spaces where children and young people can meet and play sports on an informal basis while staying safe, away from road traffic.

Sports and exercise should be accessible to everyone. This must include low-threshold facilities that are easily accessible to target groups such as women and girls, migrants and older people, and people with disabilities, who are often overlooked in the planning process. We also want to take greater account of children and young people, who need opportunities to play games and sports and take exercise. Supermarket forecourts can be ideal spaces for sport, and space in empty office buildings can be used for dance classes. We don't always need expensive standardised sports halls.

We want to promote a culture of sport and play where it belongs. Street football, basketball and "tag" need safe streets and open spaces. Public spaces are for people, not just for cars!