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IASLIM European Conference 2010

Date: 8 October 2010
Place: Rijeka, Croatia
Participants: 45 from 8 countries



IASLIM European Conference, was held in the City Hall in Rijeka, Croatia on Friday, 8 October at 10.30 a.m.


Accredited participants at the Conference and the International Seminar: Roman Jakič, President of IASLIM European Committee, General manager of Public institution Tivoli Ljubljana, Slovenia, Toni Llop, President of CESS – Head of operations Eurofitness & UBAE, Spain, member of IASLIM European Committee, Zlatan Hreljac, General manager of Rijekasport d.o.o. Rijeka, Croatia, Member of IASLIM European Committee, Jože Jenšterle, Secretary general of IASLIM, Plínio Marcos Teixeira de Oliveira, Advisor at the Ministry of sports of Brazil, Saúl Méndez, President CDAG, Confederacion deportiva Autonoma Guatemalteca – Guatemala Centro America, Guatemala City, Krešimir Ivaniš, Croatian Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Commission for sport facilities, Croatia, Floriano Poletti, Director Teloni Poletti s.r.l., Novara, Italy, Ivan Pfeifer, President of Sport center association of Slovenia, Slovenia, Dejan Todorović, President of executive board of Sport center association of Serbia, dr. Nataša Zrilić, Municipality of Rijeka, Croatia, Cvijeto Bratoš, General manager of Public institution Športski objekti Dubrovnik, Croatia, Brane Florjanič, General manager of Public institution for sport Koper, Slovenia, Mario Peruško, General manager of Public institution Pula Sport, Croatia, Bratislav Ignjatović, General manager of Sport center Čair Niš, Serbia, Miodrag Novosel, General manager of Public company GP EKOM d.o.o. Čakovec, Croatia, Edvard Bravec, General manager of Public Institution for Sport Trbovlje, Slovenia, Sandra Velčić, Head of marketing Rijekasport d.o.o. Rijeka, Croatia, Andrej Jeriček, Manager of Agency for sport Novo mesto, Slovenia, Natalija Žetko, Director of Public institution “Gradski bazeni Varaždin”, Croatia, Suzana Felicijan Bratož, General manager of Public institution for culture, tourism and sport Vransko, Slovenia, Vladimir Čerkez, general manager of Public institution Sportski objekti Samobor, Croatia, Dejan Radojević, Manager of Sport Center Čair Niš, Serbia, Igor Načinović, Department for sport and technical culture, Municipality of Rijeka, Croatia, Verica Mance, General secretary of Sport association of Rijeka, Croatia, Oto Živčić, Manager of Public company Športski objekti Osijek, Croatia, Damir Majnarić, Director of Public company Gorski sportski centar Runolist d.o.o. Delnice, Croatia, Zvonko Ibriks, Manager of Public company Športski objekti Osijek, Croatia, Martina Golčić, Manager of Public company Trg d.o.o. Koprivnica, Croatia, Marko Strahinja, Manager Rijeka Sport d.o.o., Criatia, Jana Janežič, Business secretary of Sport Center Association of Slovenia, Slovenia, Bojana Ignjatović, Sport center Čair Niš, Serbia, Alex Bobeica, SMG GmbH Vöhringer, Germany, Uroš Troppan, Manager of Elan Inventa d.o.o. Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, Tomislav Hadžič, Manager Optimus Sport d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia, Moreno Rodman, General Manager of Sorgo d.o.o. Koper, Slovenia, Zvonko Mladenović, Manager Rijeka Sport d.o.o., Croatia, Veljko Karabaić, Department for sport and technical culture, Municipality of Rijeka, Croatia, Igor Gavranović, Manager Gaspra d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia, Boris Rigler, Manager Duol d.o.o., Brezovica, Slovenia, Zlatko Kauzlarić, Manager Elan Finalsport d.o.o., Croatia, Martina Sorgo, Manager Sorgo d.o.o. Koper, Damir Čizmek, Manager In-Aqua d.o.o., Croatia, Amra Fajić, Rijeka Sport d.o.o., Rijeka, Croatia and Filip Gotić, Maxmar Sport d.o.o. Zagreb, Croatia.


38 General managers and Chairmen of the companies and public institutions were present at the Conference and International Seminar. Members of the Association, partner organizations and companies and guests receive materials for the Conference by e-mail and in papers before the session, which were all written in English, Spanish and Croatian language. At the Conference the organizer has provided translation services English – Croatian, English – Spanish, Portuguesse – English, Croatian – English. All participants have received certificates for attending professional training program.


  1. Opening
  2. International school of Sport and Leisure Infrastructure Management
  3. Sport and leisure infrastructure in the cities
  4. Amendments to the Statute
  5. Youth Square – Project of the Ministry of sport of Brasil
  6. Closing


Discussions and Conclusions


Ad. 1

Roman Jakič, President of IASLIM European Committee, opened conference, greeted guests and participants at the Conference. For the members of the Presidency of the Conference he proposed: Antonio Llop, Zlatan Hreljac and Roman Jakič.



Members of the Association present at the Conference, confirm the motion with acclamation. The Conference was chaired by Roman Jakič.


Ad. 2

Jože Jenšterle, Secretary general of IASLIM, has analysed educational program “International school of sport and infrastructure leisure managemet” and presented organizational structure, which will enable the implementation of the program. During the past few years the Association has in cooperation with the Universities, business schools, specialised institutions and companies, executed approximately one fourth of the program curriculum. Implementation of the program was organized in the form of certified international seminars, professional training courses and study tours in United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Mozambique and Venezuela.

Next year the Association will develop additional educational and training programs and organize several international seminars, professional training programs and study visits in Spain, Slovenia, United Kingdom and Guatemala.


One of the main goals in the field of education and professional training, will be establishment of the continental and regional educational centers for managers of sport, culture and leisure infrastructure.



Members of the Conference have accepted the program for 2011 and proposed to Head office and Continental committee to prepare and organize training programs and study tours also in other countries.


Ad. 3

Toni Llop, member of IASLIM European Committee has presented an overview and analysis of sport and leisure infrastructure in the cities. He has emphasized that more than half of the world's population lives in the cities. Without any doubt is urban development one of the most important challenges for the current leaders. Subjects of the analysis have become issues such as mobility, social cohesion, sustainable development, access to services, etc...


The phenomenon of sports has not escaped all these concerns. In many European countries legislation defines that municipalities in local communities are responsible for developing and implementing programs of physical activity. This fact is reflected both in the construction of the facilities, technical aspects of sport practice, design and accessibility (physical and economic) of the programs, as well as commitment to the policy of sustainable economic development. The development of sport policy takes into account all these aspects.


As stated in the "White book of sport”, published in July 2007, sport, as a unit within the Department of Education and Culture of European Commission, has social function. Health benefits for workers, its integrative function and voluntary educators represent added value in sport.


Sport is phenomenon which affects other sectors such as education, health, labour mobility and many others.


But sport is not a new phenomenon and in many communities has reached large development, which should be maintained. There are many clubs and organizations, which have shaped and supported sport in the cities during past decades and centuries. Currently, many of them find themselves in financial and social difficulties.


Physical activity has experienced many changes, workers require other types of activities and even so-called commodification of sport, has developed. People in sport organizations no longer search for a sense of belonging, but on the contrary, they demand services. These services require establishment of specialized institutions and professional training of management.


These services often require complex sport and leisure infrastructure and big financial investments, which are connected with political priorities in development public sport programs. In times of economic recession, municipalities have cut their budgets and cities will have to find new ways of financing and operating sport and leisure infrastructure.


One of the adoptive actions was the introduction of unpopular but certainly necessary measures. Citizens must pay for the use of sports facilities and search for programs around the city. Many municipalities still uses old systems of financing and with public capital finance expensive management, operations and maintenance of sports infrastructure. Clearly, there is no magic solution to these questions, but sport (physical) practice is universal value and should be accessible to everyone.


Development of public-private partnership presume establishment of cooperation between public sector and private businesses in construction and management of sport facilities. Combination of public and private capital could lead to more effective and efficient management of sport and leisure infrastructure.


Development of legal framework is required for spreading public-private partnership and future development of sport and leisure infrastructure.


Sport policy can be understood as dynamic element of urban development. It represents delicate fabrics in binding urban planning and development of social life.



Members of the Conference have accepted presented overview and analysis with acclamation.


Ad. 4

Roman Jakič, President of IASLIM European Committee, presented the amendments to the Statute of IASLIM, which will enable the International Association of Sport and Leisure Infrastructure Management, to have simple, efficient and economical organizational structure and will be able to execute the program.

The President proposed the following amendments to the Statute:


6. General Assembly

6.1. General Assembly is the highest authority and governing body of the Association. (proposed new tekst) It is constituted by regional and continental conferences. Regional conference has three (3) votes. Continental conference has five (5) votes. Voting rights are with presidents or empovered persons of the regional and continental conferences. (proposed cancelation of the text) Each affiliated member has one vote. They Affiliated member can vote through their delegates or representatives of in the regional or continental conferences, which members they are, with written authorization. Each member of the Association can accredit up to five delegates at general assembly, all of whom having speaking rights.
6.2. General Assembly shall convene at least every two years. Two months notice shall be given of the date and venue of the General Assembly.
6.3. Quorum for the General Assembly is presence of more than half of the members, who has more than half of all votes.
6.4. Observers or associate members may attend general assembly for observations only. Observers or associate members may only address general assembly at the discretion of the meeting.
6.5. General Assembly decides on:

  • statute,
  • programs,
  • reports,
  • budget,
  • ratification of the membership in the Association,
  • ratification of executive board members,
  • election of the president, vice-presidents,
  • membership fees,
  • other businesses on the agenda.

6.6. General Assembly verifies reports from:

  • the President,
  • the auditor, presented by Executive Board, 
  • Commissions, Regional and Continental Conferences,
  • educational institutions, agencies and other organizations established by the Association.

6.7. General Assembly ratifies executive board members, who are elected by members of Regional or Continental Conferences. General Assembly elects the President and Vice-Presidents among ratified executive board members. Nominations for the positions are valid only, if the Secretary General has received them at least two months before the General Assembly. Secretary General must forward these nominations to all members of the Association at least one month before the General Assembly. All elections are organized by secret ballot. If more than two candidates are nominated for the post of the President or Vice-President and no candidate receives a simple majority (more than 50 % of the vote cast) on the first count, the candidate with the least number of votes will be withdrawn from the ballot paper and succeeding votes will be taken until one candidate reaches a simple majority. If there is only one candidate nominated for a post, a vote shall be taken “for” or “against”. In the event of no valid nominations having been received or no nominee being elected, nominations from the floor will be accepted. Mandate of the President, Vice-Presidents and Executive Board members is four (4) years.
6.8. Substitutions of Executive Board members if required will be by co-option. Executive Board will execute co-option with the person with the next highest vote at the last elections for the position in question.
6.9. On recommendation of Executive Board, General Assembly can appoints an auditor.
6.10. Members of the Executive Board have speaking rights at the General Assembly. They do not have voting rights, unless they are delegates of their organizations at General Assembly.


9. Executive Board

9.1. Executive Board governs and manages the association in between General Assemblies. It is responsible to the General Assembly.
9.2. Executive Board decides on:

  • convening, agenda, materials and proposals for General Assembly,
  • approval of the membership in the Association,
  • foundation of Regional and Continental Conferences,
  • execution of the program,
  • operational and financial questions (budget, membership fees,…),
  • appointment of the Secretary General.

9.3. Executive Board is composed of members of the Regional and Continental Committees that are ratified by General Assembly. Regional Committees can have up to 7 members and Continental Committees up to 9 members in the Executive Board.
9.4. Executive Board meets at least once a year, with a minimum of two months notice.
9.5. Quorum for Executive Board meeting is presence of more than half of the members.
9.6. Each member of the Executive Board must be a member of an affiliated organization of the Association.
9.7. Executive Board can appoint honorary members. Honorary member will be invited to participate Executive Board meetings, without voting right.

12. Regional and Continental Conferences

12.1. The Executive Board may establish Regional or Continental Conferences to assist it in the work of the Association.
12.2. Regional Conferences encompass, organize and represent members of the Association from geographically, politically and
economically rounded up areas.
12.3. Continental Conferences encompasses, organize and represent members of the Association from one defined continent.
12.4. Regional and Continental Conferences decide on:

  • statute,
  • programs,
  • reports,
  • budget,
  • elections of the President, Vice-Presidents, Regional and Continental Committee’s members,
  • other businesses on the agenda.

12.5. Each member of Regional or Continental Conferences has one vote. Quorum for the Regional or Continental Conference’s
meeting is presence more than half of the members. The Conferences meet at least once every two years, with a minimum
of two months notice.
12.6. Members of the Regional or Continental Conferences elect the President and members of Regional and Continental
Committees, for a four-year period.
12.7. Regional or Continental Committees decides on:

  • projects,
  • reports,
  • budget,
  • convening, agenda, materials and proposals for Regional of Continental Conferences,
  • operational and financial questions,
  • appointment of the Secretary/Director,
  • other businesses on the agenda.

12.8. The appointed President must communicate all decisions of the Regional or Continental Conferences and Committees to the
Executive Board, for approval. All Conferences are responsible to the Executive Board.
12.9. Each member of the Regional or Continental Conferences must be a member of an affiliated organization of the Association.
12.10. The Regional or Continental Conferences can appoint honorary members. The honorary members will be invited to participate in the Conferences meetings without voting right.



Members of the Conference have accepted the proposed amendments to the Statute of International association of sport and leisure infrastructure management, with acclamation.


Ad. 5

Plínio Marcos Teixeira de Oliveira, Youth Square Government Relations Consultant presented the Project of the Ministry of sports of Brasil »Praça da Juventude«. The projects introduce new public policies for sport in Brazil, which include: (1) The project Youth Squares inaugurates a new conception of sports infrastructure in Brazil. (2) This is because, since the creation of Ministry of Sports, in 2003, the Federal Government has been consolidating and expanding its role as the main planner, formulator and implementer agent, of public policies for the sector in the country. The main goals of the Ministry of Sports are: (1) Guarantee to the Brazilian population free access to sports. (2) Use, systematically, sport and leisure as life quality and social inclusion improvements factors. (3) Introduce in a systematic and regular way, sport and leisure in human development promotion in all social segments.


Between 2003 and 2010, the federal government/SM invested US$ 1,7 billion in more than 12,2 thousand contracts for infrastructure construction or renovation.


Project’s concept include the idea that Youth Square is more than a physical space for sports practices. It is a communal living area where cultural activities are also carried, scientific, digital inclusion and recreation for people of all ages.


The Youth Squares are built on areas of at least seven thousand square meters and to communities in urban spaces with low or no access to public facilities and sports leisure. The Youth Square goal are: (1) Democratizing access to sport and leisure. (2) Encourage digital inclusion and cultural and scientific production. (3) To combine health, welfare, life quality and diverse socio-educational activities.


Youth Square centers have the following equipments: (1) Convenience center with rooms for fitness, the elderly, administration, meetings, health and others. (2) Water Fountain. (3) Natural or synthetic grass. (4) Toilets with access for people with disabilities. (5) Lighting system specific to each track. (6) Landscaping. and (7) Flag Pole. In addition these centers have: (1) Indoor sports court. (2) Triple jump tracks. (3) Long jump tracks. (4) Jogging tracks. (5) Beach volleyball court. (6) Exercises and stretching field. (7) Soccer field. (8) Skate park. (9) Theatre arena stage. (10) Kiosk supply. (11) Locker rooms / bathrooms. (12) Bleachers.
and (13) Totem.


The Square Youth in Numbers:
• Between 2008 and 2010 the Ministry of Sports arrangements to build 192 Squares Youth.
• Each Square Youth costing on average U.S $ 935.000,00.
• Total investment in the project is more than U.S. $ 126 million.
• The Squares are distributed in the Youth five regions of the country with the highest concentration in the Northeast (49%) and Southeast (25%).
• 25 Squares Youth are being built with funds from the National Public Security and Citizenship (Pronasci) Ministry of Justice.




The PAC Square is an equipment for all age groups wich includes: (1) Activities and cultural services. (2) Sports practices and leisure activities. (3) Training and qualification for the job market. (49 Social work services. (5) Policies to prevent violence. and (6) Digital Inclusion. There are three models of Squares predicted for lands with a minimum size of 700 m2, 3000 m2 and 7.000m2. The project’s total investment is U.S $ 935 millions. From 2011 to 2014, it is expected the construction of 800 PAC Squares and the first selection will cover 400 proposals.



Members of the Conference have accepted the information about the Project of the Ministry of sports of Brasil »Praça da Juventude«. with acclamation. They’ve emphasized that this is very important innovative approach in designing and developing sport and leisure infrastructure in the future. The Conference proposed that the project should be presented also at the IASLIM Conference for Latin America and Caribbean in Guatemala. Members of IASLIM all over the World should asses the results of the project and prepare proposals for similar sport and leisure development projets in their countries and regions. IASLIM and the Ministry of sports of Brasil should support these programs and consult the investors and operators of the infrastructure.


Ad. 6

Jože Jenšterle, Secretary General of IASLIM, introduced the program of conferences and international seminars in 2010 and 2011. He invite members of the Association to prepare texts, articles and proposals and to participate at:

  • the meeting of IASLIM Committee for Latin America and Caribbean in São Paulo, Brazil, on 18 October 2010,
  • CIDyR Congres in São Paulo, Brazil, from 18 to 22 October 2010,
  • International Seminars: (1) Sustainable management of golf courses. (2) Sustainable management of grass surfaces for sport and leisure. (3) Sustainable management of stadiums and footbal pitches. The seminars will take place in Lipica, Slovenia, from 16 to 18 March 2011,
  • IASLIM Conference for Latin America and Caribbean and International Seminar “Sport and leisure infrastructure in Latin America and Caribbean” in Guatemala City, Guatemala, (from 18 to 20 May 2011),
  • IASLIM European Conference and International Seminar “Social management of sport and leisure infrastructure in towns” in Barcelona, Spain, (from 19 to 21 October 2011).


Roman Jakič, President of IASLIM European Committee, expressed his graditude and appreciation form the members of the Committee, to the City of Rijeka and Rijekasport company for excellent organization and execution of the International Seminar and IASLIM European Conference in Rijeka. He presented special Diploma to the representative of the Municipality of Rijeka.

The Conference ended at 13.00 p.m. and the President invited guests and members of the Association to Mayor’s reception at the City Municipality reception room.


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