PACTE+ - Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe Plus


The Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe – PACTE+ project was relaunched in May following a successful first phase (2018-2020, see more info below). Round two started with new partners, including project lead and European think tank Sport & Citizenship, the Technical University Munich, the European Cyclists’ Federation, TAFISA, EVALEO, ICSSPE and the Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry. Model cities and project partners are the cities of Limerick (Ireland), Stadt Graz (Austria), Ville d’Angers (France) and Frederikstadt (Norway).


The aim of the project is to encourage cities to take a proactive approach to the promotion of physical activity, in sight of improving individual and collective well-being. It includes the working areas of active schools, active workplace, active transport as well as governance.


During the two-year project, the team will take stock of cities’ improvements and the overall context to improve the matrix for change. Field interventions are planned as well as tailored support to unlock cities’ potentials. In addition, the impact of the programme implemented to strengthen advocacy for physical activity and active city policies will be measured.


ICSSPE will mainly work with the city of Limerick on Active Schools and provide customised support to Limerick in the development and implementation of a physical activity in schools policy.


The overall project team will work together closely to exchange good practices, ideas and experiences, relevant to each local context, in order to create synergies between the four pilot cities.


The project will run from May 2022 to End of April 2025 and is funded by the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ programme.



Phase 1: Jan 2018 - Dec 2020


To conduct a Europe-wide representative survey of municipalities’ physical activity policies and practices, the project PACTE, which stands for Promoting Active Cities Through Europe, aimed to:


  • Identify the status of municipalities physical activity policies across Europe
  • Investigate gaps in policy and practice
  • Create a matrix for change for Active Cities which we would be based on an evidence-based rating and evaluation process, focusing on building the relationship between the established key success areas and targeted population engagement
  • Tailored recommendations for continuous improvement for participating cities
  • To develop and deliver a communication campaign targeting municipalities in Europe

The communication campaign was accompanied by online resources with the objective:

  • to support municipalities in the development of physical activity policies
  • to support municipalities in the delivery of physical activity policies

The purpose of the project was to provide a blueprint for creating active cities, whatever their size and wherever in Europe they may be.


The project ran from January 2018 to December 2020.