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12 December 2019

Monaco Acquires Two Connected Sports Facilities and a Parkour Play Area

Frédéric Genta, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia et Sébastien Chabal©Direction de la Communication - Michael Alesi

The new connected MonaMove sports facility and the Parkour play area, situated on the Esplanade Stefano Casiraghi, on the new sea wall, were inaugurated today in the presence of Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Officer, and the former French international rugby player, Sébastien Chabal.

"These two new accessible, free areas clearly illustrate the development of sport for all in the city and help improve the quality of life, making it possible to take part in fun, free and connected sport," emphasised Marie-Pierre Gramaglia.

"The aim of MonaMove, a free, connected outdoor sports station, is to facilitate and support the practice of sport for all through digital technology.  It is driven by Extended Monaco and is central to the Smart City programme, and promotes the well-being of Monegasques and residents," stated Frédéric Genta with regard to the platform designed by Sébastien Chabal's company : Vivaciti.

This sports facility is connected to the MonaMove mobile application, making it possible to measure physical activity in real time using the sensors on each device, and to personalise training by following the exercises and thematic programmes set up by Sébastien Chabal (for example muscle building, posture, stretching, etc).

Regarding this partnership, Sébastien Chabal explained that "with this unique combination of urban sports facilities and a connected digital world, MonaMove is a first in phygital sports."

Like its counterpart, situated on the Fontvieille sea wall (which opened at the end of December), this facility, which consists of 18 pieces of apparatus, includes a comprehensive weather station (measuring temperature, humidity and air quality).  It is totally autonomous in energy and is powered by a solar panel.

The MonaMove connected sports facility situated on the Esplanade Stefano Casiraghi, next to the solarium, is adjacent to the Parkour area.  This new play area for children and teenagers (from five years of age) enables them to practice Parkour, a spectacular sport created in the 2000s, inspired by Luc Besson's "Yamakasi," in an area of approximately 300 m2.

Young people have the opportunity to climb and perform acrobatic jumps in optimal conditions on the various types of apparatus (including a Gibbon's cage, a bar for precision jumps, pass-through bar, precision jump ball, cube for Tic-Tac jumps, etc.).

By using a QR code, they can watch videos on how to take part in the game.

"The Parkour play area, which makes it possible to practice free, safe, urban sport, is part of our approach to developing facilities for young people," observed Marie-Pierre Gramaglia.

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