European Week of Sport – are you ready to #BeActive?

The European Week of Sport kicks-off its third annual week to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. It brings together 32 countries and 35 European partners to encourage a healthy, happy and inclusive #BeActive society. The week runs from the 23 – 30 September, with events taking place across Europe throughout the whole month.

Although sport and physical activity play a big part for our well-being, the level of physical activity is currently stagnant and even in decline in some countries. This initiative from the European Commission wants to respond to this challenge. 

The purpose of the week is to promote participation in sport and physical activities and in the meantime raise awareness of the many advantages of both. 

In the UK, the week kicks off with the #BeActive Festival event on Saturday 23 September in London, partnership with UK sports charity, StreetGames. It will engage families through a wide variety of sports and activities, giving them a chance to try out new things to support them in leading a physically active lifestyle.

On Wednesday 27 September, a whole host of free activities will take place across the UK for ukactive’s National Fitness Day, celebrating the fun of fitness and physical activity. In 2016 National Fitness Day saw over one million people get active on the day and had a huge social media presence to support the celebration of physical activity.

group in a gym leaning on gym ball working out

How can I take part?

The challenge is for all of Europe to #BeActive. You can go running, jumping, skipping and everything in between. To get inspired, you can enter the #BeActive competition to be in with the chance of winning great prizes such as GoPro cameras, tickets for European Championships 2018, various outdoor packages and more! Here’s how you can enter for your chance to win:

  1. Fill out the form on the European Commission’s website.
  2. Take a photo or video of yourself being active. Make sure that it is public.
  3. Use the #BeActive hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

You have until 30 September to submit your entry and winners will be announced on the European Commission’s social media channels. 

Visit the new and revamped #BeActive webpage to find a local event near you. You can also follow the official European opening event in Estonia on 23 September online using the live webstream. Join a European movement and help us spread the word about the benefits of sport and physical activity by inviting your friends to the European Week of Sport event. 

Remember you can #BeActive anywhere! Why don’t you take your friends to the park, the beach or just out for a walk? Being active is being social!

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