European Week of Sport gears up to get people active

The first-ever European Week of Sport will be celebrated in 31 countries across Europe from 7-13 September 2015.

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The European Commission is inviting sports clubs, schools, community groups and individuals to get involved and put on sport events in their communities.

European Week of Sport events can be large or small – from new ideas to something you were already planning. Anything that gets people active qualifies – from tennis open days to organised walks.

Events happening across Europe include: Bring a Buddy Parkrun, fancy dress runs, family fun days, bike rides, sports club open days and taster sessions and more.

Registering your event is easy. Simply visit the European Week of Sport website, click 'Take Part!' and fill in a few details. Once you've entered, your details will be processed then added to the map of events happening around Europe.

Organisers will also be able to access downloadable posters and other images to help them publicise the event. And as a special incentive, the first 100 events in the UK to register on the European Week of Sport website will win a goodie pack containing branded goods:

10 x frisbees

10 x water bottles

10 x sweatbands

10 x t-shirts

Events can take place on any day during the European Week of Sport – but you may want to time your event with one of four ‘focus days’:

Wed 9 Sept:     Education Focus Day

Thurs 10 Sept: Workplace Focus Day

Sat 12 Sept:     Sport and Fitness Club Focus Day

Sun 13 Sept:    Outdoor Focus Day

What is European Week of Sport?

The European Commission is trying to get more people to #BeActive and encouraging clubs, gyms, schools, universities, employers, etc to take part in the first ever European Week of Sport.

Take a look at this short #BeActive film to find out more:

 

According to a 2014 Eurobarometer survey, 59% of Europeans never or seldom do sport, and a recent WHO report predicted that by 2030 nearly 80% of adults in Europe will be obese (with UK top of the league table at 95%). European Week of Sport aims to get people active by promoting the positive effects of sport on people's health and wellbeing, as well to our economies.

For more information about European Week of Sport in the UK and across Europe, please visit the website.

  • Date published: 11 August 2015
  • Date updated: 04 May 2016
  • Published by: sportscotland
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