Join the European Week of Sport

9 September 2022

Join the European Week of Sport

Every year from the 23rd to the 30th of September, the European Week of Sport promotes more active, healthier lifestyles to millions of people in Europe and beyond. This year the launch is in Prague, Czech Republic. CEO of EFDN Hubert Rovers, is attending the opening days of this event on the 22nd and 23rd of September.

Prague will host the eighth edition of the European Week of Sport. This week exists to improve awareness of the importance an active lifestyle has for everyone. With this year’s imagery, we want to express that sport supports a better future for the youth, promotes inclusion and equality, and helps people reach a healthier lifestyle.

For seven 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 are doing, 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!

We invite all EFDN members to support the European Week of Sport and organise (special) physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle! Please share these activities by using the following #BeActive and #EuropeanWeekofSport in your communications.

EFDN Programmes

EFDN will organise during this European Week of Sport a European Walking Football League tournament in Leverkusen, Germany. This event aims to deliver health-enhancing physical activity to people over the age of 50 years old, as well as provide opportunities to increase social inclusion levels allowing them to lead a physically and socially active lifestyle in their European community. The Walking Football League will further develop Walking Football as a sustainable sport in Europe and raise the profile of the game.

In several countries, EFDN’s programme ‘Scoring for Health’ will continue this new school year. Project partners help to tackle the problem of childhood obesity which, as identified by the World Health Organisation, is still a critical issue throughout Europe today. With the underlying target of promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle amongst children from 7 to 14 years, their families and wider communities across Europe, the programme supports the 3rd UN Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health and Well Being and is co-funded by the UEFA Foundation for Children and European Union.

The Community Champions League is a social street football competition organised locally in eight cities in seven European countries, where participating teams can earn more points through fair play, equitable support and volunteering in community activities than by winning their street football matches. The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) is coordinating the project in partnership with eight football clubs from the Netherlands, England, Spain, Ukraine, Greece, Portugal and Hungary.


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