Next year the city will double its investments in the sphere of sports, recreation and youth work whereas the corresponding operating costs should increase by 7.1% compared to this year.
According to Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev, next year the
city will continue to provide the citizens with a variety of
opportunities for engaging in physical exercise and sports. “We
will support various sports projects and associations, sports
centres, and well established international competitions that
promote and enrich the sports life in the nation’s capital and
allow it to be in the centre of attention,” said Belobrovtsev.
“By funding sports with a total of 5.7 million euros we support
the sports activities of 22,500 youngsters aged 7-19 and people
suffering from permanent incapacity for work (at least 40%),
and continue to contribute to the health surveys of young
athletes. Also, we would like to pay more attention to active
lifestyles by advancing the network of tracks for recreational
sports in the city and supporting the series of competitions
titled “Tallinn on the Move!”.”
Tallinn provides nearly 1.4 million euros for the development
of young and talented top athletes through the Tallinn Sports
College. The Sports College provides grants and activities to
support the successful careers of more than 500 talented
athletes and more than 50 coaches. Likewise, the city extends
the programme Sport in Schools that is implemented across 17
schools in Tallinn. The programme is designed for 7-8-year-old
students and aims to introduce the fundamentals of various
sports in coordination with sports clubs and qualified coaches.
The ultimate goal is to promote active lifestyles and sports
among students and hence increase their physical activity.
The city has teamed up with the central government to
reconstruct the Kalevi Stadium and the first phase should be
completed by the end of 2020. 1.8 million euros are planned in
the municipal budget for reconstructing the Kalevi Stadium and
1 million euros for renewing the practice field of Kadrioru
Stadium. The drafting of the design project for reconstructing
the athletics facility of Tallinn Sports Hall should begin next
year subject to a planned budget of 350,000 euros. The lighting
of the main arena at Tondiraba Sports Centre will be improved
to meet the requirements for international television
broadcasts. Preparations are being made to build a football
field and install an inflatable hall on the stadium at Punane
tn 69 in Lasnamäe.
Further, the construction of football, basketball and
volleyball fields across the districts will continue. In
addition to the ski trails in Pirita and at Nõmme Recreational
Sports Centre, the recreational trails at Stroomi, Järve,
Paepargi and Tondiraba will be made available for skiing
provided that there is natural snow cover. Furthermore, various
smaller repair operations at sports and recreational facilities
will be carried out.
The draft 2020 municipal budget includes nearly 4.7 million
euros for investments in recreation and youth work which is
almost twice as much as in 2019 whereas the amount set aside
for operating costs is almost 22 million euros.