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Name: Playing Arenas
Project leader: Alexandra Manea
Date started: 04-07-2011
Category Athletics and Integration
Location Romania,
Project status ongoing since 11 years, 6 months
Project overview Every year, in June, Playing Arenas open the largest playing stadium for children in parks from different cities around Romania. The event is made up of various playing areas and gives way to having fun: games, contests, artistic and sports demos.

Playing Arenas is the largest sports event for children and, since 2006, when the first edition took place, it has gathered over 50.000 children and parents. Offering free entrance for both children and parents, the event is held every year in the first mid of June in Bucharest and other cities around Romania and is organized by Sport for Life Association whose President of Honor is Gabriela Szabo, World and Olympic Athletics champion. In 2011, it celebrated the 10th national edition and until now it has visited cities like Sibiu, Targoviste, Slatina or Campina. The organizing scenario keeps every year a pattern: the park where the event is held is divided into playing areas where contests and games take place simultaneously. All types of sport activities are covered, from individual activities to team games, and all age groups from 6 to 14 and even parents can find an interesting area for themselves – inflatable area, football area, bowling area, volleyball area, family area and many others. There are also an Athletics track, a cross running area, escalade panes, basketball boards, badminton nets and many other sports added every year in order to offer as many activities as possible. At once with the contests and games in the park, artistic moments and sports demos take place on the stage and since the event is held close to International Children’s Day, clowns and fairies offer balloons, tell stories and paint the little ones on their faces. Each year, Playing Arenas host many National, World and Olympic champions as guests of honor. They have informal talks with the parents, explaining them the importance of sport activities in the physical and psychical development of the little ones and guide them to the specialized sport clubs. Until now, together with Gabriela Szabo, Diana Oprea, Monica Rosu, Andreea Raducan, Laura Badea, Otilia Badescu, Elisabeta Lipa, Oana Pantelimon, Octavian Bellu and many other champions joined the Playing Arenas, trained the children or played different games together with them. The aim of this event is to raise the interest of the children towards sports by getting them involved into an activity that makes them pleasure – playing. This way, they will later become responsible to the community in general and aware of the importance of an active lifestyle. Sport for Life volunteers are an important factor in the development of this event, from promoting Playing Arenas before taking place, to organizing the scenario and making sure that all the participants take part in the activities. Actually, Sport for Life volunteers are the engine of all the association’s projects.

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