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About the European Week of Sport 2019

Studies show that Europeans are not getting enough exercise. Obesity and disease are at an all-time high. The European Week of Sport aims to help people become more active

#BeActive - not just for the week, but all year long!

For five years, the European Week of Sport has helped tackle the inactivity crisis by encouraging Europeans to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

Launched in 2015, the European Week of Sport was created in response to the worsening inactivity crisis. Despite sport and physical activity substantially contributing to the wellbeing of European citizens, the level of physical activity is currently stagnating and even declining in some countries.

This is why the European Week of Sport exists - to bring awareness of how important an active lifestyle is for everyone.  Regardless of who we are and what we do, even slight increases in regular, physical activity can have a profound impact on our long-term health.  The Week is designed to give people across the world a springboard into being active!

How popular is the week?

Very!  The Week has continued to grow year after year, encouraging ever more Europeans to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. From five million participants and 7,000 events in 2015, the 2018 edition drew in a staggering 12 million participants across 48,500 events. 

We’re hoping to break that record this year as we enter the 5th anniversary of the European Week of Sport!

Previous editions

The journey started in 2008 when EU guidelines emphasising the need to change behaviours were published. Since the first edition of the Week in 2015, the number of participants has grown dramatically from 5 million to 12 million in 2018.

Previous Weeks' Winners

The European Week of Sport 2018

#BeActive Education Award

  • Winner: Jyränkö school from Heinola - Finland
  • Nominee: Základní škola Polešovice – Czech Republic
  • Nominee: Our Lady’s Abbey – Ireland

#BeActive Workplace Award

  • Winner: DAVO Communications - Belgium
  • Nominee: Atlantic Grupa - Croatia
  • Nominee: Rimi Eesti Food - Estonia

#BeActive Local Hero Award

  • Winner: Corinna Saric - Germany
  • Nominee: Jens Mundeli-Jensen - Denmark
  • Nominee: Levan Jobava - Georgia

The European Week of Sport 2017

#BeActive Education Award

  • Winner: Colegio Publico Miguel de Cervantes - Spain
  • Nominee: Liikkuva Kaljoki/Kalajoki on the Move - Finland
  • Nominee: Municipal Kindergarten no. 34 (Singing Kindergarden) – Poland

#BeActive Workplace Award

  • Winner: UAB EUGESTA - Lithuania
  • Nominee: Krka - Slovenia
  • Nominee: University of Wuppertal, University Sport Department - Germany

#BeActive Local Hero Award

  • Winner: Jorge Pina - Portugal
  • Nominee: Patricia Buckley - Ireland
  • Nominee: Kim Hall - UK

The European Week of Sport 2016

#BeActive Education Award

  • Winner: St Charles National School – Ballyjamesduff - Ireland
  • Nominee: St Charles Primary School – Harolds Cross - Ireland
  • Nominee: Jelgava 4th Secondary School – Latvia

#BeActive Workplace Award

  • Winner: Eesti Energia - Estonia
  • Nominee: Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals - Ireland
  • Nominee: Swedbank AS - Latvia

#BeActive Local Hero Award

Winner: Raimonds Elbakjans, "Ghetto Games" – Latvia (no nominees were selected this year for the Local Hero category)

The European Week of Sport 2015

2015 #BeActive Grassroots Project

  • 1st place: TSV Wandsetal (Sport for and with refugees) - Germany
  • 2nd place: MTÜ Tallinnmeeting (Teatejooks / Children’s Relay Run) - Estonia
  • 3rd place: ADEPS, Sport Ministry of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Points verts – Marche Adeps) - Belgium
  • 2015 #BeActive Citizen Ambassador
  • Winner: Berna Nijboer – The Netherlands