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About the European Week of Sport 2020

The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, social background or fitness level. We need to #BeActive regularly - indoors and outdoors - all year long to boost your physical and mental health and support social inclusion.

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

For six 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 well-being 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 broke that record last year at the 5th anniversary of the European Week of Sport.  The 2019 Week of Sport celebrated a record-breaking 16 million Europeans participating in #BeActive activities.

Focus on 2020

2020’s extenuating circumstances have made the week more necessary than ever before.  Earlier this year, the European Commission responded by developing the #BeActiveAtHome campaign.  #BeActiveAtHome promotes ideas and resources for exercising and physical activity during 2020’s unprecedented events. We therefore aim for 2020's #BeActive campaign to reach more people than ever.  You can join in by participating in thousands of events across Europe!

The 2019 Opening Ceremony - Espoo, Finland

Thousands of citizens, sport stars, teachers, fitness trainers and two European Commissioners descended on Espoo, Finland for the launch of the fifth European Week of Sport.

The Leppävaara Sports Park stadium showcased dance shows, aerobics sessions, and football games.  The ceremony was attended by mascots, YouTube stars and television personalities from across the sport sector and beyond.