The official launch took place in Vienna on the 22nd of September where the Opening Ceremony set the tone for the 2018 European Week of Sport. Many people were present to try out new activities, have fun and, in general, #BeActive.
The day was opened by Heinz-Christian STRACHE, Vice Chancellor of Austria and by European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, who were enthusiastic in showing their support for the #BeActive message. Other VIPs joined on stage, such as Heinz K. BECKER, Member of the European Parliament, Janez KOCIJANCIC, European Olympic Committees and Gábor BALOGH, President Hungarian School Sport Federation.
The Commissioner then took a tour around the Austrian Sport Village with the Vice-Chancellor of Austria and visited several sport stands.
Thousands of events were organised all over Europe for the European Week of Sport. This to get people involved and let them know that being active every day is key to their well-being and health. Millions of participants joined in the activities that were being organised and no less than 42 countries and regions got involved.
One of the greatest example from Malta, where the national coordinator of the European Week of Sport, SportMalta, committed itself to promote Sport and Physical Activity and organised lots of great activities during the week.
One of the main novelties of this year was the #BeActive night. It was organised on the 29th of September in all participating countries and regions. The first edition of the #BeActive night was a great success.
What happened in Bulgaria reflects illustrates particularly well the spirit of the #BeActive night:
The Ministry of Youth and Sports organised their #BeActive Night as a part of the project “Be Active - Choose Your Sport and Have Fun”, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. The #BeActive Night took place in front of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and brought together more than 16,000 people to experience sport demonstrations in athletics, basketball, boxing, tennis, fencing, canoeing, football, taekwondo, arm wrestling, VR simulations and even a “silent disco” headphones party. All activities were hosted in pavilions and playgrounds. There was also a hot air balloon provided to lift people with disabilities, as the #BeActive Night included athletes from the National Tennis Team for People Using Wheelchairs and the Sports Federation of People with Damaged Eyesight. And to top off an unforgettable day, everyone enjoyed the musical fire and laser show.
In 2018 there were 3 awards up for grabs: the Education, Workplace and Local Hero awards. Out of all the applications received, a total of nine nominees were chosen based on their commitment to promoting sport and well-being in their communities and organisations.
On the 17th of October the 3 winners were announced at the Awards Gala in Sofia. The Jyränkö School from Heinola was recognised in Education, Davo Communications for the Workplace, and Corinna Saric took home the Local Hero title.
Let’s keep moving! Now that the 2018 European Week of Sport is over, it’s your turn. Your country organised some fun activities, now it’s up to you to keep it up. #BeActive all year round whether it’s in your sport club, at the fitness centres or even at work, school or outdoors. We’re counting on you to spread the message and sign up again for 2019!