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Sports Events Network for Tourism and Economic Development in the Alpine Space.



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08/2003 - 12/2007

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

1.063.500 €

ERDF in €

380.250 €

Project Summary

The project wants to foster transfer of knowledge in the field of sports events management in the Alpine Space through an ad hoc network. The main objective of this network is to promote economic development and tourism policies grounded in the philosophy of sustainable development. Event management and mainly large scale sports events have become a promotion tool for the know-how of a region. The Alpine Space has hosted several large scale sport events such as the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, Innsbruck and Torino. Nevertheless, a professional approach to sport event management is mainly dominated by anglo-american experts. This Project will capitalise on Sentedalps partners’ specific knowledge in this field to develop the Alpine Space in a sustainable way.

Project Objectives

The Sentedalps project will lead to a series of deliverables and results that should directly benefit the Project partners as well as institutional actors of the Alpine Space.
In specific, the outputs will be:
- A Candidature Guide for sports events in the Alpine Space, taking into account the best practices in this field. It will mainly focus on two aspects i.e. why should a region/city bid for an event and what are the basic elements to take into account for a successful bid by organizers as well as by the region.
- An Organization Guide for sports events in the Alpine Space, fostering on the best cases so far. The guide will focus on the specificity of the Alpine Space in order to ensure sustainable sports events and infrastructures, as well as economic and tourism impact.
- A training for trainers guide for sport events in the Alpine Space, that will give the best tools to develop specific human capital in the field of sports events management, in particular volunteers who are the cornerstone and the "concrete face" of all events.
- The Alpine Space Sports events observatory will be a knowledge management tool for the regional and local authorities helping them to take decisions in their area.

Project Achievements

The Candidature Guide for sports events in the Alpine Space has been achieved.The training for trainers material and guide for sport events in the Alpine Space has been achieved.A certain number of international conferences are planned and will take place soon.The web site as main communication tool has been achieved and is fully operational.

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EU Project Partners

City of Innsbruck (Austria)
Higher Institute of Physical Education (Italy)
Interfaculty School of Kinetics Science (Italy)
Organizing Committee for the XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006 (Italy)
Organizing Committee of the Winter Universiade Innsbruck (Austria)
Regional Committee (Alpi Occidentali) of the Italian Winter Sports Federation (Italy)
Regional Council Rhône-Alpes (France)
Torino Provincial Administration (Italy)
Tourism Association of Slovenia (Slovenia)
Tourist Departemental Agency of Savoie (France)
University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)
University of Savoie (France)

Non-EU Project Partners

State of Vaud, Department of Economy (Switzerland)
States of Valais Tourist & Economic Promotion Office (Switzerland)
Swiss Graduate School in Public Administration (Switzerland)
University of Applied Sciences of Valais (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Chappelet, Jean Loup

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