Saudi Arabia to encourage people to get fit outdoors

People sit at Al Futah Park, after the government lifted coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia July 5, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters
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A series of multi-sport park facilities and activities are set to be launched in three Saudi Arabian cities to encourage residents to be more active.

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) will launch parks and public spaces in Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha by introducing a range of multi-sport and running and walking programs, equipment rentals, and community academies, all part of the SFA’s wider strategy to impact long-term behavior and entrench positive attitudes toward physical activity.

With the first pilot activations due to be launched at the end of this year, the initiative is the federation’s first step towards delivering its Active Places mandate.  

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“Every opportunity to encourage young men and women of this country to practice sports is a valuable approach that paves the way for the future of our country on all scales,” said Prince Abdul Aziz.

“During a year of successes for the Sports for All Federation, this agreement stands out as a major achievement,” said Prince Khaled. “Working closely with the Quality of Life Program, we have activated people, and now, with our partners at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, we will be activating places.

“Every park that we are able to put to work for the fitness of people across Saudi Arabia gets us closer to realizing Vision 2030’s goals of a healthy and active community,” he added.

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“We have prepared a plan in collaboration with the SFA to implement the memorandum. A number of parks and public spaces have been designated in different Saudi cities. This will improve the quality of services offered in this memorandum, the experience of those who try it, as well as enabling optimal use of municipal buildings,” said AlDughaither.

Active Places is one of three initiatives the SFA is responsible for delivering as part of the Quality of Life Program under Vision 2030; the other two being Active People and Initiatives for Residents of Saudi Arabia.

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