The #BeActive Awards Gala celebrated the success of the third European Week of Sport and those who c

A couple of days after the end of the European Week of Sport 2017, on 11 October, the #BeActive Gala was held in this year’s European Capital of Sport, Marseille. The event was organised to celebrate those who work daily on the promotion of physically active life-style across Europe. ENGSO President Carlos Cardoso had the honour to present the #BeActive Local Hero award.

Three awards were handed out at the Gala.

The #BeActive Education award went to the Colegio Público Miguel de Cervantes, acknowledging its outstanding efforts in promoting sport and physical activity in an educational environment.

UAB Eugesta has won the #BeActive Workplace Award in tribute to their work in inspiring its employees to #BeActive.

The third award of the night, the #BeActive Local Hero award was presented by our president, Carlos Cardoso and former handball player, Maida Arslanagic. The winner of the award was Portuguese ex-boxer, Jorge Pina, who does an amazing work at local level to promote sport and physical activity.

Ilva Ciemite, Executive Committee member of ENGSO and Marie Denitton, ENGSO’s Office Director were present at the Gala as well, representing two ENGSO member organisations, the Latvian Sports Federation's Council and the Swedish Sports Confederation respectively.

After the ceremony at the Orange Vélodrome, Carlos Cardoso shared some of his thoughts about the event and the winners:

„Awarding those who achieve outstanding performances in life is something that society should do. We, ENGSO, as a sport organisation must promote not only sport achievements and sport results, but also all the good examples which contribute to the improvement of the life style of populations in areas linked to sport. The awards given here fall under this category, people and organisations who contribute to the promotion of sport in different environments.

I believe that ENGSO being present at such events shows that we care for all kinds of ways to promote sport in society.”

From left: Carlos Cardoso, Maida Arslanagic, Jorge Pina and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport