Highlights from the European Week of Sport 2015

2015 saw the very first edition of the European Week of Sport

Running from 7-13 September, the week and its simple message, that sports makes for a healthy, happy and inclusive society, was taken up with events and activities held across Europe.

An initiative of the European Commission, the success of the inaugural European Week of Sport relied on the hard work and willingness of individuals and organisations that met the challenge and got themselves and the people around them, moving through sport.

European Week of Sport 2015 brochurepdf Choose translations of the previous link 


Key facts and figures

The numbers behind the week's success

Key facts and figures from the European Week of Sport 2015

Events around Europe

The numbers behind the week's success

Participating countries


European Week of Sport Village, Brussels

The week in Brussels

The official opening of the European Week of Sport took place Brussels on 7 September 2015.

Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for sport, launched the event and inaugurated the European Sport Village.

The Week came to life in Brussels through a six-day event in the centre of Brussels. Free sporting activities attracted including a climbing wall, football, basketball, mini-golf, CrossFit, pony rides, table-tennis and gateball were on offer to the public who were encouraged to get involved and be active.

At the heart of the Week was the flagship event. Decision makers, stakeholders, sport ambassadors and experts from across Europe came together for workshops, a high- profile conference, and an awards ceremony that celebrated inspiring projects and people from around Europe. The theme was the role of sport in promoting tolerance and open societies in Europe.



European Week of Sport Ambassadors helped maximise the visibility of the Week. Ten high-profile sportspeople from different EU countries, and representing different sport disciplines, were engaged to help inspire audiences across Europe.

  • Danka Barteková is a professional Slovak skeet shooter.
  • Jean-Michel Saive is a Belgian professional table tennis player.
  • Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is an Austrian mountaineer.
  • Clarence Seedorf is a Dutch former footballer and one of the most successful players in his country.
  • Paula Radcliffe is an English long distance runner who has established herself as master of the marathon race, holding the world record for the women’s marathon.
  • Joel González Bonilla is a Spanish taekwondo world champion.
  • Marie Bochet is a French alpine skier and Paralympic Champion.
  • Tapio Korjus is a Finnish former javelin thrower.
  • Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish professional tennis star.
  • Steven Gerrard is considered to be one of the best English footballers of his generation having won several awards, including most valuable player in the Champions League 2004-2005, the Ballon d’Or Bronze Award 2005, and PFA Player of the Year 2006.