The Pilot Program “Most Active Women” - promoted by Tempo Livre and by the Guimarães City Council within the scope of the SW-UP (Sport For Women in Urban Places) project, aroused the interest of the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), having made a presentation of the project at Multiusos de Guimarães Aysegul “Rosa” AKSOY, a researcher and specialist in physical activity adapted from that Turkish university.
A Tempo Livre, through the Guimarães Sports Studies Center and at the invitation of Fraterna, collaborated in 2018 with the project RiseWise (Women with disabilities In Social Engagement), locally promoted by Fraterna and Universidade do Minho within the scope of the Horizon 2020 program. The Tempo Livre shared what at that time was still a project for participation in SWUP.
The SW-UP project included conducting surveys, surveys, sharing experiences and enumerating good practices with a view to presenting a final document that gathers recommendations aimed at raising awareness of physical activity and female participation in sports activities, particularly raising awareness sedentary women for the health benefits of this regular physical activity.
Over 18 months, several initiatives were developed in Guimarães, such as the “Women + Active” program, which included lectures, outdoor physical activities, a walk, health screening and medical advice. Transnational meetings and working meetings were also held with local partner entities to prepare recommendations, collect testimonials, participate in surveys and answer questionnaires.
The SW-UP project's mission is part of European policies to encourage female participation in sport and physical activity, and pays particular attention to the barriers that women face, particularly in urban environments, and with a view to making them more accessible, safe and friendly to sports.