The European Fitness Sector contribution to the 2020 #BeActive Campaign

Last month, the 6th European Week of Sport took place from the 23rd- 30th September with the goal of getting as many Europeans as possible to be active and adopt healthier lifestyles. The European Fitness sector has been instrumental in the success of the campaign by reaching over 30 million Europeans with the #BEACTIVE message and activating almost 1,5 million people through thousands of events across the continent.

Success for EuropeActive’s Active Ageing Communities Project!

EuropeActive is delighted to announce that its project application, Active Ageing Communities- AAC has been selected by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Sport Programme. The project, which is in partnership with the National Fitness Associations of six EU Member States and the University of Southern Denmark will begin in January 2021 and run for 24 months.

Physical activity sector on the move towards sustainability

The Covid-19 pandemic has truly highlighted the role of the fitness and physical activity sector as a tool of prevention in its promotion of healthy lifestyles and fighting of inactivity, as well as its connection with sustainability. Thus, during the European Week of Regions, the immense potential which the sports and the physical activity sectors have in the European Commission’s top political priorities of the European Green Deal and Green Transition were outlined.

EuropeActive calls on the EU leaders to promote the importance of physical activity

Last week, EuropeActive sent a sectoral Declaration for Action to the presidents of the EU institutions inviting them to join us in the promotion of physical activity for social, mental and physical wellbeing. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, European policy and decision-makers must recognise that fitness centres and health clubs provide essential services, through boosting the immunity and resilience of European citizens. 

The 6th Edition of the European Week of Sport

The sixth edition of the European Week of Sport, which took place from the 23-30 of September was a great success and adapted exceptionally well to the difficult circumstances as imposed by C-19 which resulted in the cancellation of many planned events throughout the continent. The official figures regarding participation in the EWoS will soon be published by the EU Commission on the European Week of Sport website.

EuropeActive attending numerous online EU policy conferences & events

During the final weeks of September, EuropeActive participated in the numerous online EU policy conferences and events took place. Here you will find a brief overview of the most relevant sessions. 

The European Research and Innovation Days, which took place between 22-24 September, and were full of interesting and exciting insights on the future of R&I in Europe. 

EuropeActive at the Townhall meeting on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Cancer is one of the main priorities of the European Commission on the health domain. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) aims to address cancer across the EU, setting out areas of focus and priorities for Commission action, which supports EU Member States. It is based on four key pillars: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life.

Following up on the launch of a public consultation of the plan on 4 February 2020, the European Commission invited stakeholders to participate in a virtual town hall meeting on 10 September, which EuropeActive had the opportunity to attend.