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.
– 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.
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.
Find out how your country ranks in terms of participation in sport and physical activity.
EU-wide survey on sport and physical activty. Conduted by the European Commission between November and December 2013 and published in March 2014.
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.