Photo: Youth playing in the Philippines, Shutter Stock ID: 186924467
Infrastructure and space for sport, physical education and physical activity in urban and rural planning can help support, develop and maintain active and healthy lifestyles for their citizens and build inclusive and sustainable communities. UN Habitat guidance indicates that a minimum of 15 percent of urban areas should be allocated for open and green spaces and public facilities.
Integrating opportunities for sport, physical education and physical activity throughout such spaces and across urban environments can have widespread and long-term impacts (SDG 11.3 and 11.7). They are most effective when these spaces are neutral and public and their design, implementation and management take into account the needs and safety of all citizens, including those with disabilities, as well as other vulnerable groups such as children and women.