The 2018 Awards Gala celebrated inspiring contributions to promoting active lifestyles in Europe.
#BeActive Awards Gala
Sofia - 2018 European Capital of Sport - hosted the Awards Gala. On 17 October, #BeActive nominees, ambassadors and supporters gathered to recognise outstanding commitments to the #BeActive campaign. A high Level #BeActive jury chose a total of nine nominees based on their commitment to promoting sport and wellbeing in their communities and organisations.
FINLAND: JYRÄNKÖ SCHOOL FROM HEINOLA - WINNER
Jyranko School has encouraged children to participate in physical activities through modifying school schedule to incorporate breaks of 30 and 40 minutes in the middle of the day. The model is based on active participation of pupils in planning of the different sports. It adapts to the school periods to suit children's habits to be active throughout the day.
CZECH REPUBLIC: ZÁKLADNÍ ŠKOLA POLEŠOVICE
During the project "Show what you can do" the local school engaged pupils in exploring the full history, rules and practices of different sport disciplines. The peer learning dimension is important in keeping children engaged. The school promotes leadership and encourages children to broaden their horizon regarding physical activities.
IRELAND: OUR LADY’S ABBEY
Our Lady's Abbey is an all-girls primary school which encourages children to take initiative during the "Play Leader" program with the help of teachers in all roles like referees and coaches. This initiative can be adopted by others schools as well, as it only involves physical activities during break time. It was included as a case study of best practice in “Wellbeing in Schools Everyday: Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion” by local schools.
BELGIUM: DAVO COMMUNICATIONS - WINNNER
Davo is a small IT SME where employees used to be sitting at their desk most of the time, and it now strives towards being a healthy sport minded company. Simple things were introduced to encourage a more active lifestyle at work, such as placing water fountains, printing machine far away, active team building days or ban on more than 30 minutes sitting. Half of the employees changed habits as the project was tailored to their needs. Employees now also organise these cost-effective initiatives and activities on their own.
CROATIA: ATLANTIC GRUPA D.D.
Atlantic Grupa has a project "Atlantic Body and Mind – opportunity to be fit" provide the opportunity to practice a healthy lifestyle by forming sport clubs, annual sport events (Sport Weekend since 2014) and providing healthy meals. Also, 27 sport clubs have been formed within the project with a total of 1172 members. Besides, nutrition workshops and other sport sessions are available to all employees at the workplace.
ESTONIA: RIMI EESTI FOOD AS
Rimi Eesti has a "Work Energy Programme", a personal trainer and a nutritionist, a health blog, twice a year there is a health day and recently a health track was opened in the office. Active colleagues organise cycling, skiing and hiking trips. Since 2017 Rimi has organised the charity run Juunijooks, where around 100 employees are always participating. In 2018 the event supported a rehabilitation camp for children with reduced mobility, with an Olympic athlete Gerd Kanter in discus as a patron.
GERMANY: CORINNA SARIC - WINNNER
Corinna organises since 2013 charity runs (Race for Survival), an initiative against breast cancer already form diagnosis throughout rehabilitation. She also organises awareness raising campaigns in companies and health days promoting healthy diet and lifestyle. It is targeting general public, with focus on ill people and their environment.
DENMARK: JENS MUNDELI-JENSEN
Jens is the Janitor at the small primary school “Busses School”. He organises extra-curricular activities (mainly running) for the children, charity runs for the school and afternoon running for parents and teachers. He has also secured sponsors for cool sport gear (t-shirts, socks, shorts etc) branded with the school's name for children that they are really into getting and wearing at school.
GEORGIA: LEVAN JOBAVA
Levan gives opportunities to children to be involved in sport through mainly rugby, which started in the high mountainous regions of Georgia. He then continued throughout the country and covered 88 villages and met more than 3000 kids (out of approx. 15000). The project also involved disadvantaged groups and refugee adolescents. Outside rugby first aid and hiking education was provided.