The official opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport will be held in Leppävaara Sports Stadium, Veräjäpellonkatu 17, Espoo on the 23rd of September alongside the School Action Day event. The opening ceremony is part of Finland’s EU Presidency program.
The yearly European Week of Sport (EWoS) was 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 different sport events all over Europe.
In Finland the week highlights especially the importance of physical exercise of children and young people. School Action Day is one of the biggest sports events of school children and young people in Europe. The target group of the event are pupils from the third to ninth grade in the capital area in Finland. The aim of the event is to offer possibilities to try new kinds of sports activities and to experience the joy of sports. Around 100 activity stops will be hosted by a wide range of sports associations.
– The level of physical inactivity is increasing in Europe. That is why public authorities and sports organizations must joint efforts to improve the situation. Espoo´s example can give inspiring ideas to other cities in the whole Europe, says Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission.
Everyone is welcome to the openings ceremony and the event square
Everyone is welcome to participate in the opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport at Leppävaara Sports Stadium Monday the 23rd of September at 11.30 o´clock. The admission is free. Marisa Fernandez-Esteban, Deputy Head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission, State Secretary Tuomo Puumala, Ministry of Education and Culture and Inka Hopsu, Chair of Espoo City Council, bring their greetings to the event. In the program also music, dance, sport exercise and great atmosphere.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics visits the event and will deliver the official opening speech at around one o´clock.
At the event square you can get to know e.g. sports associations, sport governing bodies and other actors and participate in different activities. You can also meet three youtube celebrities: Pernilla Böckerman, Jaakko Parkkali and Pinkku Pinsku.
- Physical exercise is a key to longer and better life. Regardless of our age, condition or background, we all can find new ways to be active and take care of our well-being. That is why we in Espoo encourage everybody to excercise during the whole life, Harri Rinta-aho, Deputy Mayor (Education and Cultural Services) in the City of Espoo says.
How to make young people more active
The European Commission arranges the seminar How to make young people more active? on Monday the 23rd of September.
In Finland the European Week of Sport is coordinated by the Finnish National Agency for Education. The School Action Day event is produced in co-operation between the City of Espoo, the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa and the Ministry of Education and Culture. Also the Erasmus+ program and the Liikkuva koulu program are collaboration partners in the event.
Program of the Opening of the European Week of Sport in Espoo
European Week of Sport