An inspiring EU Sport Seminar and a stunning Awards Gala concluded the #BeActive 2019 campaign

Updated: Oct 26, 2019

On 18 October, Budapest hosted the #BeActive Awards Gala that was preceded by a meeting on this year’s #BeActive campaign and an EU Sport Seminar. Several ENGSO family members attended the event, some of them taking on key roles during the Awards Gala.

The day started with an optional #BeActive session in the centre of Budapest. Participants could choose from a sightseeing run, a dynamic city walk and some street workout exercises. As the weather was just perfect for outside activities, not surprisingly, a nice amount of people joined the sessions.

Later in the morning, a meeting was held about the European Week of Sport 2019 campaign, organised by the Sport Unit of the European Commission. Solely the representatives of the national coordinating bodies and partner organisations of the European Week of Sport were invited to this meeting. ENGSO, being a partner of the campaign since its first edition in 2015, was present, represented by Honorary President Carlos Cardoso and Communications Expert Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik. ENGSO Executive Committee member Anna-Maria Wiesner was also present in her capacity as Austrian coordinating body representative. During the session, participants got familiar with the key figures around the global campaign, including the number of events, participants and some numbers about the social media reach of the online promotion. After some highly interesting presentations, a discussion took place among the participants around some key aspects of the campaign.

After lunch, the day continued with the EU Sport Seminar that was open to all guests of the evening Gala. After the welcome words of Yves Le Lostecque, Head of the Sport Unit at the European Commission and Tünde Szabó, Hungary's State Secretary for Sport, it was time to showcase some good practices of promoting sport. Kole Gjeloshaj from the International School Sport Federation (ISF) presented various activities of ISF, including the She Runs Active Girls’ Lead project, the ISF Inclusive Games and the ISF Cool Games. He pointed out that building bridges in communities is the way forward in getting school children to #BeActive. Another good practice was the European School Sport Day (ESSD), presented by Gábor Balogh, President of the Hungarian School Sport Federation. Based on a Hungarian domestic model, the ESSD is held annually on the last Friday of September – thus during the European Week of Sport. Since its start in 2015, the ESSD gets more and more schools on the move each year. The last exemplar practice was about UEFA’s programmes and funding schemes that promote the game of football, including the HatTrick programme and UEFA Academy.

The good practice session was followed by a brief presentation of the European Week of Sport in Hungary by Réka Veress from the Hungarian Leisure Sport Federation, the national coordinating body of the Week. She emphasised the Hungarian will to make the #BeActive campaign an all-year-long movement that encourages people to be more physically active.

Réka Veress talking about the European Week of Sport in Hungary
Réka Veress talking about the European Week of Sport in Hungary

The last session of the afternoon was about the "European Capital of Sport" concept, an activity of ACES Europe.

As the seminar was over, it was time to celebrate the highly successful European Week of Sport 2019 campaign with a stunning #BeActive Awards Ceremony. Attended by Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, the night was a celebration of exceptional projects, organisations and individuals promoting a #BeActive lifestyle.

Firstly, the winners of the Social Biking Challenge were recognised. Then, the #BeActive Education Award was presented by Dorota Idzi – Jury member – and our Honorary President, Carlos Cardoso. They handed the award over to “Schools in Motion” from Estonia. The project built a whole school culture around physical activity, including active travel and active time during classes. Currently, 78 schools participate in the programme, getting 35,000 students moving.

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The next award category was the one of the #BeActive Workplace. The award was presented by the former Chair of the ENGSO Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee, Kristina Thurée and Harri Syväsalmi, CEO of Syväsalmi Consulting. The award went to Sport Malta that created an event calendar to encourage its employees to take part in physical activities on a regular basis.

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Last, but not least, Nóra Kádár-Papp received her recognition as the winner of the #BeActive Local Hero category. The Hungarian lady collected her award from Laurence Fischer, French Ambassador for Sport and Péter Járosi, Vice-President of the National Competitive Sport Federation of Hungary. Nóra runs her self-help project for post-pregnancy physical and psychological recuperation since 2014 free of charge, getting over 20,000 members to #BeActive.

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This spectacular Awards Gala was the last event within the framework of the European Week of Sport 2019. Now it’s time to start the #BeActive campaign in the lead-up to the European Week of Sport 2020!