Good practice transfer in Lake Balaton Region

Friday, November 21, 2014

Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency has targeted to change the bad habit of elderly generation in the field of active and healthy lifestyle. According to this purpose the chosen good practice for transferring is the Senior Games good practice presented by Euro Baltic Region from Poland. The idea was that the Agency will use an existing sport event series - called "Move Balaton" - as a base of the transfer. "Move Balaton" programme contains many beach sport competitions but the event is attractive mainly for youth. Move Balaton programme is located in 32 different beaches around Lake Balaton and this is a whole summer event. On the closing event all the 32 locations are represented by sport teams.

In the summer of 2014 this sport event series were extended with a few sport disciplines for elderly people. These disciplines were penalty kicking, throwing basketball penalty and table tennis. We tried to involve the older generations into the programme with this not too physical sport disciplines. The results of this pilot action were more impressive than it was expected. More than 10% of the participants were +45, it means almost 3000 people. More then 30% of the locations were represented by elderly sport teams on the closing event.

We hope that these numbers will be raised on the next summers and we will be able to offer active rest for the elderly people on the beaches.