The initiative encourages European citizens to "#BeActive", not only during the Week, but to stay fit all year long.
Sport and physical activity contributing to our physical and mental wellbeing. The lack of physical activity not only has a negative impact on society and people’s health, but also results in economic costs. In addition, sport has the potential to strengthen messages of tolerance and reinforce citizenship throughout Europe. Promoting the role of sport as a means of social inclusion will help address ongoing challenges in European society.
However, despite the growing body of research highlighting the importance of sport in maintaining our wellbeing – as well as building an inclusive and economically vibrant society – levels of physical activity are currently stagnating, and even declining, in some Member States. The European Week of Sport aims to respond to this challenge.
How the Week meets these challenges
The European Week of Sport promotes participation in sport and physical activity, and aims to raise awareness about the numerous benefits of both. The Week is for everyone – regardless of age, background or fitness level – and helps individuals, public authorities, the sport movement, civil society organisations and the private sector collaborate in the field of sport.
The European Week of Sport is a European Commission-led initiative that is largely decentralised, taking place across Europe. The Week involves close collaboration with the national coordinators and many different partners who are firmly committed to supporting its goals. The initiative structures a wide range of activities – at the European, national, regional and local levels – around the themes of Education, Workplace, Outdoors, Sport clubs and Fitness centres.
The Week has expanded beyond its European beginnings, as countries and regions from the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnerships have now joined the initiative.