The European Week of Sport will be opened in Espoo

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2019-06-19 8:01

The official opening ceremony of the European Week of Sport will be held in Leppävaara, Espoo on the 23rd of September alongside the School Action Day event. The opening ceremony is part of Finland’s EU Presidency program.

The European Week of Sport has been initiated by the European Commission to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. During the week, all Europeans are encouraged to get up and be active. The week is now arranged for the fifth time under the headline #BeActive.

- The Eurobarometer studies show that the level of physical inactivity is increasing in Europe. The trend is worrying. That is why public authorities and sports organisations must join efforts to improve the situation, says Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission. We want to work in the long term and inspire to an active lifestyle. Ideally there should not be one European Week of Sport during a year, but 52.

- In September, the center of European sport will be in Espoo. We are confident that the opening event in Espoo will be inspiring. You are doing very well, and your example can give good ideas to other cities, in and outside of Finland, Le Lostecque states.

Everyone is welcome to join the opening ceremony and the activities at the event square in Leppävaara. The event will include various performances. 

The School Action Day is arranged for pupils in the metropolitan area. During the day, 8 000 pupils will be active at Leppävaara Sports Park. Sports organisations and clubs will arrange around 100 activity points for the pupils.

EU-komission liikuntayksikköön kuuluvat henkilöt pitävät käsissään BeActive julisteita

The Sport Unit of the European Commission got acquainted with the preparations of the European Week of Sport in Leppävaara, Espoo on the 6th of June 2019.

Find out more:

European Week of Sport:
https://ec.europa.eu/sport/week/

School Action Day:
https://www.espoo.fi/en-US/Culture_and_sport/Sports/European_Week_of_Sport_Opening_Ceremony_(163669)