European Week of Sport 2016


The 2016 European Week of Sport had 15 thousand events with 10 million people participating in more than 30 countries with 35 partners across Europe. The inspiring message of the #BeActive message promoting sport and physical activity reached 200 million Europeans.

Join us! And celebrate the benefits of sport and physical activity.

“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.

Get the facts

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


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?

Meeting the challenge

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.





Get ready for 23 September in Tartu, Estonia.


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


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


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


Calls for national strategies to #BeActive.


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


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


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