EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

One week, 32 countries, 34 000 events, 12 million participants: the 2017 European Week of Sport was a week to remember. Europeans everywhere took on the #BeActive challenge and embraced opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity.

There were also plenty of opportunities to try out new sports, from archery to aquatics to martial arts. Take a look at some of the highlights from this year’s events.

European Week of Sport 2016

“The Week shows that people can #BeActive wherever they are. Get involved and help us to inspire Europeans to do more sport and physical exercise.”

– Tibor Navracsics (European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Sport)

Let’s face it, Europe. We’re not active enough, and it’s making us sick and undermining Europe’s potential. The European Week of Support is part of the European Union’s response. We’re getting all Europeans to #BeActive in everyday life, no matter your age, background or fitness level.

Context

Engagement in sport and physical activity is at an all-time low. In many Member States, this is a trend getting worse, not better. It’s not just people’s health and well-being that suffers; it’s our society and economy overall.

The Eurobarometer gives you all the facts about (in)activity in Europe.

EU country ranks

Find out how your country ranks in terms of participation in sport and physical activity.

Infographics - Breakdown by country

Eurobarometer

EU-wide survey on sport and physical activty. Conduted by the European Commission between November and December 2013 and published in March 2014.

Eurobarometer: Sport and Physical Activity

EU Infographic

Discover how active Europeans are

How active are europeans?

Get the facts

The European Week of Sport is our response to encourage all Europeans to get up and #BeActive. It is a truly European movement that began in 2015 and has inspired millions of people in 32 countries to #BeActive in their daily lives.

Meeting the challenge

 

THE WEEK IN HISTORY

THE EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORT

2017

Get ready for 23 September in Tartu, Estonia.

2016

We doubled in size! 10 million participants, 15,000+ events, 33 countries and kick-off in Kosice, Slovakia.

2015

7000 events, 5 million participants, 31 countries and kick-off in Brussels, Belgium.

2014

Plan for The Week reflects extensive consultations with Member States and sport organisations.

2013

Calls for national strategies to #BeActive.

2012

MEPs encouraged the Commission and Member States to promote sport and physical activity.

2008

Emphasised the need for campaigns to generate public awareness and change behavior.

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