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spazioSince it was founded in 1982, Spazio Sport, as the official magazine of the Italian National Olympic Committee, has proposed information on issues regarding sports facilities. The magazine, in particular, discusses and delves into the various stages of sports building, including the planning, design, construction and management of the facilities. These various issues are examined with regard to the different types of sports facilities, also with a particular focus on the choice of the materials and construction systems, financial and management accounting, environmental sustainability and compatibility, as well as the reclamation of existing buildings.

N. 35 October/December - Events and sports facilities sustainability



This issue of the magazine focuses on topics relating to the IOC’s Agenda 2020, and discusses the possible contribution that Sport can make to Sustainable Development, the conditions that need to be met for this to happen, and how and with which instruments these conditions can be measured and checked. We can be quite sure that everybody is in favour of “Sustainable Development”, therefore our reasoning must shift from “yes - no” to “how”, and in particular which operating and control instruments are needed. We must first of all ensure that our good intentions are followed up, by pressing ahead and establishing concrete operating procedures, specific responsibilities, technical and operating tools, and methods for checking and measuring the results achieved. When we talk about “Sustainability” we must realise that Sport practised at various levels: grassroots, youth, competitive, elite, up to major international events. It is also worth remembering that the ‘contents’ of the Sport phenomenon basically derive from the relationship between Supply and Demand for Sporting Services. These services include, in short, sports facilities, operators and organisers. Sport at all levels, and for all of the above components, is engaged in the challenge of achieving Sustainability, in the knowledge that in this case taking part is not enough, only victory will do.


N. 34 July/September 2015 - Management


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When we think of sport we immediately think of the players and athletes. Perhaps the champions of major international competitions, or the youngsters just making their way in their sport of choice, or even the amateurs taking part in Sunday competitions. Seldom do we think about the unseen organisation: where for example does the “sport show” take shape? Who prepares the “stage”? What about the organisational “machine” of a sporting event? Where do our youngsters and athletes train? Who manages the places where sports are played? The more sports facilities are beautiful, functional and cared for, the greater the satisfaction of their users. It is a question of general wellbeing. And the easier it becomes to attract new users. There are of course plant engineering, economic, legal and contractual factors to be considered, as well as safety standards, medical knowledge, and a knowing use of new technologies. In the sporting world too there is a never-ending need for new skills, new ideas, new ways forward, new training needs. In other words, there is a need for new professional figures, for sports managers in the fullest sense. This issue of “Spazio Sport” offers interesting thoughts on new prospects for the management of sport and of related services.

N. 33 April/June 2015 - Sport Nutrition and Health


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In the magazine this month we set out to relate the specific nature of CONI’s activity – Sport, the Environment and Services for Sport – to the more general issues tackled by Expo, naturally against the backdrop of the country’s environmental and socio-economic situation. We are well aware of the differences, some of them profound, that exist in different parts of the world, requiring different approaches, as happens for example in developing countries. In this global scenario our magazine looks at three different areas: Space and Sport, i.e. how motor-based activities interact with the surrounding Environment; Space, Sport and Nutrition, i.e. how Sport relates to Nutrition; Space, Sport and Health, i.e. how physical activity can improve people’s health. Everybody can see the correlation between sporting activity and the environment in which it is performed. A healthy, unpolluted Environment is a crucial factor, as are the roles of Food and Health of the population. It is thus important for us to analyse and stress the close connections linking these different factors. The magazine features architects articles that illustrate how thanks to the city active citizens can improve their health; doctors that deepen issues related to food and the constant movement to improve the physical condition of all professional athletes and not; also presented two projects in places where CONI Sport will promote the practice of sport, the recreational-activity and the proper nutrition, in territories with few of sports associations.

N. 32 January/March 2015 – Track & Field 3.0 – SmarTrack Generation


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We have devoted this first issue of our publication to a discussion of the problems faced by Track and Field Athletics in Italy. We do so with pleasure for a number of reasons. Firstly as it gives us the opportunity to offer a broader reflection about how CONI Servizi seeks to “serve” National Sports Federations. Secondly because Athletics is not just a sporting discipline in itself, it is also a basic building block of Sport in general. Generally speaking, the gestures of the various Athletics specialities form the basis for sportsmen’s and women’s motor skills and athleticism, in the form of running, jumping and throwing. The basic actions of human movement, resulting in the evolution of mankind. Lastly, because Athletics comprises and sums up many of the complexities and criticalities that arise when planning, designing and running Sports and Facilities Services, things that we find more generally in other disciplines and in sport in general.
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N. 30 July/September 2014 - “100 years” CONI for sport facilities


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This number SpazioSport aims to contribute to a reflection about the evolution of sports in our country over the past one hundred years, with particular attention to the role played by CONI. This means read and understand how it has evolved, on the one hand, the demand for sports, and on the other, the supply of related services. The review aims to discuss the topic of sport facilities, considering it as a fundamental component of the System Sports in Italy. The history of the evolution of sports facilities allows you to focus on the key stages of this journey. The spirit is to look back in order to act with greater awareness in the present and in the future. For ease of processing and ease of reading are divided these 100 years in some fundamental periods of reference:
- The period between the war, ie from 1914 to Second World War;
- The post-war period and the period of reconstruction;
- The Olympic Games in Italy: Cortina 1956; Roma 1960; Torino 2006;
- Recent years up to our current and future. The study is divided into the following sections: History of the Olympic Committee and Sports; Sport Facilities; Olympic Games; National Sports Federations; High Level and Major Events; Institutional Framework and Financing; Current and New Perspectives.

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N. 29 March/April 2014 - Sport and environment


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The magazine discusses in detail how sport can compete with its spaces, but also with its ability aggregative and socializing, to the recovery and redevelopment of the urban area, with particular reference of the big cities that undoubtedly are a priority, both on the master plan, and socially. It examines the sustainability of large plants and large-scale events; and yet the contribution that can result from the practice of sports in the natural environment to the welfare and health of citizens, but with significant savings of public health expenditure.
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28 January/February 2014 – Guidelines for the application of the law to the development for sport facilities



Modern facilities means more sports, more athletes, more services, more security, more revenue, more sports scores, more sustainability. So the social, economic, sports. Starting from the consideration that the state of government finances do not allow operations with public money, thanks to the action of the Government, has seen the light, an amendment to the bill stability 2014 for the modernization and development of 'sporting venues.Coni Servizi wished prepare a guide to help and encourage all those who believe, dream and hope for a new era of sports base and summit in Italy. A simple and practical guide that contains all the regulatory steps, an explanatory comment and interpretation, the legislative references and technical considerations. A useful tool.
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 27 July/September 2013 – Rugby Sport Facilities



The Rugby over the last 13 years has gone through a formidable growth process since 2000, have thrown open the doors of the 6 Nations. The members were around 25,000 units, the budget was 8 billion lire. Today, after 13 years those involved in Rugby have reached the limit of one hundred thousand. In all the Italian Regions have increased the number of members and spectators for matches at the national level. On the plant is carrying out a census of the installations and a survey to understand your needs in terms of space. Spazio Sports tackles the topic as always with a storical-cultural openness, continues with the description of the design criteria and facilities management and ends with a presentation of some Italians and foreigners Rugby facilities. The section of the Territory is home to the region of Liguria.
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 26 April/May 2013 – Equestrian Sports Facilities



Few sporting disciplines can claim to have such a complex and varied demand for sports facilities as Equestrian Sports, which include a number of specialities and are practised on many levels. Activities include the Olympic events show jumping, dressage and eventing, and non-Olympic specialities organised by the Federation, such as driving, endurance, reining and vaulting, plus other disciplines, such as pony activities, polo, horseball and cross-country. SpazioSport discusses the question of Equestrian Sports in terms of its use as an educational tool for youngsters and handicapped persons, and as a means to develop sports-based tourism, illustrating these topics with examples and best practices.
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 25 – January/March 2013 – Legislation governing sports facilities



In this issue SpazioSport discusses the complex question of legislation and standards governing sports facilities, taking into consideration a number of aspects in an attempt to provide operators in the sector with an unambiguous and well-defined frame of reference, beginning with the historical origins of sports codes and rules and moving on to the present day and future prospects. In this issue you will see that the framework of laws and standards for sports building is extensive, including: National standards, Industrial standards, Procedural and Financing standards, Regional standards and by-laws, CONI standards, Sports Federation standards
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 N. 24 - October/December 2012 - “Energy efficiency”



Among the topics which Spazio Sport has focused on in the past is Energy Efficiency, in order to provide the various subjects operating in the sector of sports construction with all the information necessary in optimising the measures during the facility choice, design, construction and management stages, from the energy point of view. The issue discusses the various technological systems on the market (photovoltaic, wind energy, heat pumps, cogeneration etc.), describing the advantages, costs and its potentials. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Trento’s Municipality and its experience.
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N. 23 - July/September 2012 - “Canoe Kayak and Rowing Facilities”


In this issue, in close collaboration with the Federations involved, Spazio Sport discusses the facilities designed for hosting rowing, kayaking and canoeing, focusing on the various types of facilities: Olympic basins for speed competitions, basins for slalom, reduced facilities and facilities in the natural environment. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Rimini’s municipality and the Sports Days fair event.
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N. 22 - April/June 2012 - “Project Financing”


The procedures for funding sports facilities through Project Financing are the topic discussed in this issue of Spazio Sport. The various authors, all highly qualified on the professional and institutional level, discuss the various technical, procedural and regulatory aspects on sports building undertaken through Project Financing, in order to provide each type of operator with the necessary technical and information support. Finally, there is the local section dedicate to Pisa’s Province and its experience.
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N. 21 - January/March 2012 - “Light for sport”


In order to practice all sports in an optimal and safe way, they need suitable environmental conditions; visibility has key role both for the athletes and the spectators. This issue of the magazine discusses the topic with regard to the general aspects (conditions of visual adequacy), the technical criteria for the design of lighting systems for the various types of facilities, and the technological, construction and regulatory aspects. Finally, there is the section dedicated to Verona’s Municipality and its experience
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N. 20 - October/December 2011 - “Sports flooring”


All the different sports disciplines have an environment where they take place. Apart from swimming, and aeronautical sports, which take place in the water or on the air, all the other disciplines take place on a bases we refer to as “sports floors”. This issue of Spazio Sport discusses this topic to provide the various operators in the sector with all the information useful for their work, and optimising the activities of choice, design, construction and management of the various types of sports floors. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Cagliari’s Province and its experience  
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N. 19 - July/September 2011 - “Cycling facilities”


What we normally call “cycling” is actually a set of various disciplines and specialities with specific performance requirements for the spaces and facilities designed to host them. This issue of Spazio Sport, in collaboration with the FCI, examines the criteria for the planning, design, construction and management of the various types of facilities, such as outdoor and indoor velodromes, cycling tracks, BMX tracks, Mountain Bike and cycling paths. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Parma’s Municipality and its experience
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 N. 18 - April/June 2011 - “Accessible sport”


In order to be really accessible, a facility must ensure accessibility in every section, from the entrance to the exit and including the parking areas, all the routes, the sections and premises, disabled could be any users whether athletes, accompanying persons, spectators, management, technicians and journalists. This issue of Spazio Sport, produced in close collaboration with the CIP, is designed to offer a valid support to all the operators in the sector to ensure “Sport without barriers”. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Bari’s Municipality and its experience.
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 N. 17 - January/March 2011 - “Tennis facilities”


Our Country has about 25,000 tennis courts, which in practice are the most widespread type of facilities, used by about one million people, of whom over a fourth are card-carrying members of the Tennis Federation. This issue of Spazio Sport, in collaboration with the FIT, aims to examine the criteria of planning, design, construction and management of these facilities, examining outdoor and in indoor, basic and specialised and the spectacular facilities. Finally, there is a section dedicated to Biella’s Municipality and its experience.
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