The second physical meeting of the project was held in Budapest by the Hungarian Leisure Sport Association (HLSA).
On June 7 the project partners were hosted by the MAKKA Association and we’ve got a great insight about the everyday life of a senior sport club in Hungary. We participated in a common nordic walking activity in the neigbouring forest with the members of the club, then we had a project meeting in the club house. Robert Benyhe introduced the situatution of the Hungarian senior society, HLSA’s operation and main senior related activites. After the presentation the partners were collecting ideas and best practices for the main physical project outputs: the promotional video and the booklet.
On 8 June the project team visited the Senior Sport Festival, which was organized by HLSA in Bikás park, Budapest. The festival could not take place in 2021 in Tata due to the pandemic, therefore we implemented the event in the capital.
The Bikás Park was full of sport activities and positive energy. 1037 smiling faces, active seniors and continuous effervescence characterized the festival.
The event was opened by Zita Bakai-Nagy, deputy mayor of Újbuda, and Attila Czene, president of HLSA. Following this, the senior participants “took control” and the 13th Senior Sport Festival began with a self-forgotten dance of joy.
The aim of the event was to involve the elderly and show that the “move is timeless”! That is why the association provided an opportunity to try out more than 50 forms of activities for free of charge. In addition, the participants could take part in screening tests, fitness measurements and get acquainted with the products and works of various exhibitors.
The festival was based on playful “stamp collection” game. Participants could collect stamps in a booklet after completing a designated task at each sport activities. The really active seniors could also take part in a raffle. Thanks to our partners, we raffled off various gifts among them. At the end of the festival, we rewarded the most active participants by age groups.
The instructors of HLSA’s Senior Movement Experience Program have been given a special place to exercise together with both the regular participants of the programs and new elderly people of the festival. Our instructors and trainers were enriched with touching moments and joyful personal encounters.
Our project team had time to discover the whole festival and we could also share our experiences after the event.
The next and final physical project meeting and study visit will be held in Serbia, by the Serbian Sport for All Association.