Physical Activity Summit of the Federal Government: WGI Vice President Nils Neuber gives keynote speech
In mid-December, the German government held its first Physical Activity Summit in Berlin. The event, which involved no fewer than nine federal government departments, was intended to ignite sustainable change for sports development in Germany. Thus the representatives of the Federal Government, beside Minister of Sport Nancy Faeser and Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach representatives of seven other Federal Ministries participated, partnered with further important stakeholders, in order to bring concrete measures on the way, with the goal to make movement and sport for all humans in Germany possible and simply attainable – independently of domicile, origin, sex, age, financial possibilities and individual physical and mental abilities.
Eleven representatives of the Conference of Sports Ministers, the President of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities and organized sports took part – represented by the Vice President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, Kerstin Holze, and the Chairman of the German Sports Youth, Stefan Raid – in Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle. As part of the kick-off event, Prof. Nils Neuber, Vice President for Youth Sports at the WGI, gave a keynote speech on the challenges and prospects of children’s and youth sports at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. To this end, a development plan for sport is being drawn up in which the federal government, states and municipalities, civil society and the state, science and practice will work together. Concrete measures are then to be implemented across the board on the basis of the Sport Development Plan from 2024.