University of Jyväskylä
Department of Sports Sciences
Anna Katriina Salmikangas
The Jyväskylä day excursion offered an opportunity to visit and familiarize with various sport facilities in the Jyväskylä municipality and area. The excursion provided valuable information on the sport facilities and gave an insight to some of the physical activities engaged in by people around the area especially the effort to encourage senior citizens to be more physically active.
Jyvaskyla municipality boasts of some of the best sport infra-structure in Finland and offers opportunity for sport for every category from the amateur to elite level, the facilities are adequately suitable for the sport for all project catering for people at all levels from childhood to senior citizens. The facilities range from the old renovated sport infrastructures of Vaajakoski to the modern Synergy arena in Jyväskylä city. The facilities are spread across the municipality given access to people from various part of the municipality though this could also have a negative impact as some of the facilities could be difficult to reach especially for people coming from other parts of the municipality where the facility is not immediately accessible.
The excursion provided insight to the reason why Jyväskylä is considered one of the municipality in Finland that is actively pursuing and supporting a physical active life style for her citizens and also the reason why it is a centre of research and project for physical activity in Finland. Various observations were made during the trip both positive and negative, below are some of the observation recorded from the facilities visited and some suggestions for further improvement and increase in utilization of the facilities.
Vaajakoski (Outdoor Rink, Track & Field center and multipurpose hall) Positive
* All year round usage; The first prominent observation that could be made at Vaajakoski sport centre is that the facilities are designed to be used all year round and for various sports and physical activity. While the outdoor ice rink would be used in the winter for hockey games and the adjourning track and field and extended skiing track could be used for skiing and other winter activity. The space would also be used in summer for various ball games and also for track and field events. * Location; The facility offers opportunity for people living around the neighborhood to use without travelling to Jyväskylä city for their daily physical activity, it is especially important for the children and the elderly as they have a place close enough for them to visit and use without much strain. * Multipurpose hall; One of the beauty of the sport facility is the multipurpose hall; it provides opportunity for various kind of games as the hall could be converted for any specific games such as basketball, floorball, volleyball and handball. It also provides opportunity for gymnasium and dancing, in addition it is the venue for the senior citizens and children to exercise in regularly and participate in various classes. * Swimming hall; the swimming hall is perhaps the jewel of the whole facility, it consists of various swimming pool which offers various classes for children and senior citizens. It also offer therapeutic sessions to senior citizen thus it is very popular and perhaps the most appreciated and this could be deduced from the high level of patronage it enjoys annually. * Maintenance; another positive observation is that the whole sport facility is adequately maintained and are in very good shape despite the fact that it was built several years ago.
* Location; though the location could said to be perfect for those in the immediate environment but the question that comes to mind is what happen to those that are living far away, the implication is most...