Outdoor sports practices (natural training, Nordic walking...) are reputed to be highly beneficial for the health and well-being of the inhabitants.
Health through sports has been widely evoked in the media and is well known in various European countries. ENRx and the regional parks are collaborating to promote the parks and their sports activities, which are of potential interest to rural tourism actors (tourist equipment suppliers, holiday cottages, local governments) as well as healthcare professionals (doctors, social workers, thermal spas, etc.). The Regional Natural Parks are developed spaces that merit being better known by the population.

Resources needed

A 2-day “Natural Training” course, coached by a sports trainer and a nature guide, was offered to personnel from the tourism offices, outdoor activities centres, holiday cottage owner-operators and non-profit association leaders.
A brochure “Forme, nature, Bien-être” has been published.

Evidence of success

We note the progressive development of recreational sports and outdoor activities designed for non-sportsmen, for the elderly and for convalescent people.

Difficulties encountered

Finding top trainers and guides capable of integrating sports, nature and health.

Potential for learning or transfer

The necessity of developing a health-sports offer that meets specific needs. Also, the importance of maintaining relations with associations that offer support to people who are ill or have special needs.

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Main institution
Espaces Naturels Régionaux
Nord - Pas-de-Calais, France
Start Date
January 2016
End Date
January 2016


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Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Services and Shipping of the Valencia

Vicky Alquezar

Bidasoa activa, Local Development Agency