The atmosphere was cheerful and the joy of being active almost tangible when the European Week of Sport was opened at Leppävaara Sports Stadium alongside the School Action day event.
Over 8000 pupils from the third to the ninth grade from schools in the capital area danced, moced around and listened to music during the opening ceremony.
Matteo Zacchetti from the Sport Unit of the European Commission, State Secretary Tuomo Puumala, Ministry of Education and Culture and Inka Hopsu, Chair of Espoo City Council, brought their greetings to the event. Children, young people and other residents in the cities of Gothenburg, Kaunas, Leeds and Brussels sent their video greetings to the event.
The European Week of Sport has been initiated by the European Commission to promote sports and wellbeing all over Europe. The aim of the campaign week is to encourage citizens to be active and to bring awareness of how beneficial an active lifestyle is for everyone. During the week millions of Europeans participate in tens of thousands of sport events all over Europe. In Espoo the week highlights the importance of physical exercise of children and young people.
The event also offers the Espoo and its partners good possibilities to create new international networks in the field of sports. Read more here:
Espoo seeks international networks in the field of sports
You can watch the video here