Brussels Bulletin 13.09.2018

The UK Active National Summit 2018


The UK Active National Summit 2018 held on Wednesday 12 September at the QEII Centre again convened around 700 decision makers and influencers from across public health, sport, business, national and local government, charity, and the wider physical activity sector. The National Summit is the biggest gathering of physical activity stakeholders from across the UK, delivering ambitions for a healthy, active nation with physical activity at the heart of the preventative health agenda.


This year the Summit developed on last year’s theme of “physical activity – a social solution” and examined examples of the projects and programmes that illustrate the “golden thread of physical activity” in action. Furthermore, in the year of the 70th anniversary of the NHS, The Summit examined how best to leverage the importance of prevention in any future healthcare model. Reimagining ageing with a focus on healthy life expectancy and not just life expectancy.


2018 State of the Union


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered yesterday his fourth annual State of the Union speech.


The European Commission president set out his vision for the future of the Continent ahead of the 2019 European election and during ongoing debate about the future of the European Union, which will soon be reduced to 27 members with the departure of the United Kingdom, and which faces a rising populist tide.


In response to the expected positioning of the new Commission and parliament the EuropeActive EU Affairs team has set out some priority policy areas to support, promote and protect the European fitness market. These include on


  1. Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA)
  2. Sector strategy for skills qualifications and employment
  3. Doping in grassroots sport 
  4. The social role of fitness 
  5. The future European Week of Sport and the National Fitness Days
  6. Economic dimension of sport


For a full copy of the Junker speech CLICK HERE.


Blueprint for Active Leisure project picks up speed quickly after third meeting


EuropeActive’s new project on skills development and employment picks up speed quickly to deliver a Blueprint for Active Leisure.  Eight project partners preparing a range of studies and actions which will underpin the sector strategy. Hence, the third meeting this year was heavily focused on the individual (research) activities: qualification review, skills foresight, the establishment of a certifying body, promoting Active Leisure, recognition of informal and non-formal learning etc. Project partner ENSE (European Network for Sport Education) kindly hosted the consortium at the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies of the German Sport University in Cologne.


The Blueprint project started in January 2018 and is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. It continues the work started with the SIQAF project (2016-2018). Both projects have the goal to support the sector and increase employment through skills development and recognition. First results of studies and project activities are expected early summer 2019.


Get ready for Lets #BEACTIVE and the European Week of Sport


On September 6th, the partners of the Let’s #BEACTIVE project had a final meeting before its first year start in 8 countries to help encourage non-active people to come into fitness clubs  through specially designed 6 week exercise intervention programmes. Hundreds of clubs and thousands of people will be start exercising as part of the Let’s#BEACTIVE campaign, and their activity levels will be tracked during the trials and for up to six months through a specially designed APP. The project aims to get inactive people to realise that they can modify their lifestyles and to help turn the increasing levels of inactivity.


The start of the Let’s #BEACTIVE intervention coincides with the start of the European Week of Sport, on September 23th which is now a massive European-wide campaign to raise awareness on the importance of regular physical activity. With the Let’s #BEACTIVE project the fitness sector is demonstrating its potential for getting people to be more active, and through the partners they will be raising the profile of fitness and the European Week of Sport. 


Alongside the Let’s #BEACTIVE project EuropeActive is also coordinating with many other national associations through the National Fitness Days campaign during to coincide with the European Week of Sport. With this initiative EuropeActive promotes a whole range of activities around healthy lifestyles and the social and economic role of fitness.