#BeActive Awards

This year’s ceremony takes place in Marseille on 11 October at the Stade Orange Vélodrome.

The spirit of the Week is catching on across Europe, and the nominees for this year’s #BeActive Awards are the proof. They have made some of the most outstanding and inspiring contributions to promoting sports and physical activity in Europe.

Awards Gala

The Awards Gala will showcase the very best in promoting an active lifestyle in Europe. Select nominees are invited to attend to celebrate this year’s achievements. When the winners are announced, we want a wave of cheers to spread across Europe.

Award nominees

Applications have closed and this year’s award nominees have been chosen. The following establishments and individuals all deserve recognition for their strong commitment to promoting sports and physical activities in their communities.

Education: Finland


Liikkuva Kaljoki/Kalajoki on the Move

Liikkuva Kaljokis impressed through its potential to inspire other schools. Its programme to encourage children to be active is well-organised and diverse. It can be replicated in other schools across Europe. They used their equipment creatively and in a cost-efficient manner. Their simple idea to organise activities in the school yard using different colours and surface materials was ingenious.

Education: Spain

Colegio Público Miguel de Cervantes

What stood out:

Colegio Público Miguel de Cervantes fulfilled all of the criteria. They circulated a survey among their students and discovered that the pupils were not doing enough physical activity. In response, they came up with many ways for the children to be more active. They are fostering an inclusive environment by providing access to children from less privileged backgrounds and of different nationalities. They sought sponsors to raise extra revenues, and ran a great event called “Duathlon”, which involved the entire community.

Education: Poland

Municipal Kindergarten no. 34 (Singing Kindergarden)

What stood out:

The scope and inclusiveness of Municipal Kindergarten no. 34’s (Singing Kindergarden) activities fully merited its nomination. We admired the school’s efforts to teach children about their local community, their region, and their history. The staff organises fun activities to get kids moving, and involved the elderly, families, law enforcement officials, and famous athletes!

Workplace: Slovenia



For more than 40 years Krka in Slovenia have prioritised the health of their employees. They founded their own sports club and encouraged employees to be active at every opportunity. We deeply respected their philanthropy in the community; they provide grants and sponsorships to local sports clubs.

Workplace: Lithuania


What stood out:

UAB Eugesta enables its employees to be more physically active. Not only does the company provide its employees with the equipment they need to be physically active in the workplace, but it also sponsors their participation in marathons and other organised sports events.

Workplace Germany

University of Wuppertal, University Sport Department

What stood out:

The University of Wuppertal actively encourages its employees to do more physical activity and become healthier. To foster an active lifestyle among its workforce, the company gives its new employees gym bags filled with equipment. We respected the spirit of team culture the University encouraged; employees who were temporarily unable to participate in physical activity could still be part of the fun by cheering on their colleagues.

Local hero: United Kingdom

Kim Hall

What stood out:

Kim is the head coach behind a new chair-based gymnastics exercise programme designed to help those suffering from dementia. Through an adaptation of existing exercises, she has managed to bring back life and joy for dementia patients.

Local hero: Ireland

Patricia Buckley

What stood out:

Patricia is the Event Director at Castlerea parkrun, an initiative which has motivated people to change their lifestyles and take up running. Her parkrun initiatives have brought together the community and improved the quality of life for all the participants.

Workplace Award


2016 Winner

Eesti Energia

This Estonian energy company got their 300 employees to #BeActive with an all-office competition using a fun indoor health trail with jump ropes, hula hoops, table tennis and more.

“#BeingActive at work is more than just about health, evidence shows that it enhances productivity.”


Previous winner: Education Award

2016 Winner

St. Clare’s Primary School

When St Clare’s school heard that 80% of Irish children don’t meet the global recommendations to engage in 60 minutes of daily exercise, they decided to #BeActive. Watch to discover how.

“There’s a proven link between physical activity and improved cognitive function and capacity to perform at school”

“We are thrilled that our programme has been so successful in transforming the lives of students, staff, parents and the wider community.”

– St. Clare’s School Principal

Local hero: Portugal


Jorge Pina

“I was blind, now I see.” Ex-boxer Jorge Pina is blind but that does not stop him from being physically active and continuing to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. 

Local Hero Award


2016 Winner

Raimonds Elbakjans, Ghetto Games

Raimonds Elbakjans is truly a local hero in his hometown of Riga for starting Ghetto Games. By celebrating sport and street culture, the festival encourages vulnerable youth to #BeActive with urban sports.

“I was a troubled teen in Riga, and almost ended up in jail. Sport changed my life. Ghetto Games is about making sport a positive part of street culture.”

- Raimonds Elbakjans


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