A social innovation project aimed at redeveloping and regenerating existing urban areas or sports facilities to turn them into places of social cohesion and aggregation.
The “In gioco per il futuro” project intends to use sport as a tool for integration and social inclusion, in areas and neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city of Milan, which often lack adequate spaces and stimuli in the socio-cultural sphere.
Spaces that, over the years, have known only decay and decay are transformed into real places, places to meet, grow and get to know each other. The children are thus placed in a structured and appropriate context, which allows them and the entire community to develop an identity and a strong sense of belonging, as well as positive and lasting relationships.
In agreement with the City Council, three main areas in the Milanese suburbs were initially identified for redevelopment.
The identified spaces are mainly concentrated in the north-west of Milan, i.e. in Municipalities 7, 8 and 9. In zone 8, the project was completed in 2020, and ended with the inauguration of the new 5-a-side football and multi-sport fields at the Alda Merini School Institute (via Gallarate, 15). In order to give continuity to the project, this proposal refers to the second intervention, planned in Municipality 7 at the Istituto Comprensivo Bruno Munari, in Via dei Salici.
The Istituto Comprensivo is located in a rather isolated suburban district, whose social fabric appears quite heterogeneous, with families coming from different places in Italy and the world, sometimes culturally different and with different degrees of economic well-being, which in some cases unfortunately translates into real hardship. It is therefore in our interest to turn diversity into richness, trying to offer everyone the same opportunities and encouraging the community, and in particular children and young people, to make full use of sport and places of aggregation, adequately prepared to promote social cohesion, growth and mutual knowledge.
The main direct beneficiaries of this project will be nursery and primary school pupils. However, the facility will also be used by young users of organisations that collaborate with the school on social initiatives for the benefit of the neighbourhood and the community, including Azione Solidale, which manages the Youth Aggregation Centre, and the AICS Olmi Sports Association. The new sports area will thus become a positive meeting place that can be used not only by the school’s pupils, but also by all members of the community, especially the youngest.