Centre of Expertise Health Innovation

Living labs in The Hague Sports District

The Impact of Sport research group investigates the unifying power of sport in the Escamp district of The Hague, so-called ‘The Hague Sports District’. Researchers work with residents, students, local sports organisations and businesses in living labs, a research hub at the heart of the community, where the creative energy of all parties can be unleashed in a casual atmosphere. Living labs enable experimentation with innovative sports offerings and new forms of (sports) organisation and collaborations in a ‘real life setting’. The group is realising four living labs in Escamp, starting in the Morgenstond neighbourhood, on and around the fields of HKV Eibernest.


The Impact of Sport Research Group, the municipality of The Hague and the Sports Office of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) are jointly responsible for developing the living labs. These involve the expertise of community sports coaches, public-private partners within the communities, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Association Sport and Municipalities (VSG) and The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMW). The research group coordinates and carries out the research in the living labs.

Research and targeted results

Objectives of the research:

  • Gain insight into the (potential) impact of sport on social issues around inclusion, resilience and vitality in Escamp.
  • Gain insight into the way in which sports organizations (can) deal with issues of social inclusion, resilience and vitality.
  • Experiment with new sports offerings, new organisational forms and gain experience with specific skills of professionals and volunteers (‘front-line’ management).
With living labs, the aims are to work on:
  • New forms of collaboration between sports, health care and welfare organisations, employers and education;
  • New, (more) accessible sport offerings, including sports events;
  • New forms of associations and other sports providers;
  • New or adapted sports facilities, including technological innovations;
  • New continuous curriculum ‘The Hague Sports District’ for THUAS and ROC students;
  • New training offerings for community professionals and volunteers;
  • New (practical) experiences for students;
  • New knowledge that academic researchers can integrate into education.


The project starts at the end of 2019 and its duration is three years.

More information

Project leader: Frank van Eekeren (lecturer) f.j.a.vaneekeren@hhs.nl

Living lab coordinator: Fenna van Marle f.c.m.vanmarle@hhs.nl