Hamburg has become the latest “Global Active City” and shares the plaudits with Buenos Aires in Argentina, Norway’s Lillehammer, Liverpool in England, Slovenia’s Ljubljana and Richmond in Canada. The cities are among the first to sport the official title, according to the Active Well-being Initiative, which is responsible for certifying and awarding the Global Active City label. The cities had worked hard to offer their residents an opportunity to choose active and healthy lifestyles and improve their well-being.
International spotlight on Hamburg
A delighted Andy Grote, Hamburg’s Senator for Sports, said: “Active City Hamburg is taking off. This is a great success for everyone in Hamburg who is committed to sport and an active lifestyle across the board. And it is an incentive for us to focus more than ever on sport when it comes to developing the city and controlling its growth.” Sports, exercise and actively shaping everyday life are “indispensable so that quality of life rises in accordance with the city’s growth,” he added. Hamburg’s understanding of sport and how the city uses the potential of sport is being watched closely on an international level.
Active City Master Plan
After Hamburg’s unsuccessful bid to host the Olympic Games 2024, the senate adopted the “Active City Master Plan” and pursued a sports-based development for Hamburg. The master plan comprises 32 projects from the Olympic Plan, which will modernize and expand Hamburg’s sports infrastructure. It will benefit popular and top-class sport, school sport, club sport and leisure sport.