On 2nd of December at the EU Sport Forum in Milan Executive Director Nathalie Smeeman signed a cooperation and partnership agreement with EU Commissioner Navracsics in support of the European Week of Sport 2015.
In its efforts to develop their commitment in promoting higher levels of physical activity across Europe, the European Commission has developed the concept of a European Week of Sport (http://ec.europa.eu/sport/week/). The European Week of Sport will support and build on the work of existing initiatives to inspire citizens to get involved and #BeActive. The aim is to encourage societies and people to #BeActive by creating opportunities in daily lifestyles through developing tailored programmes as well as affordable and flexible solutions to create inclusive opportunities to get involved in sport and physical activity.
European and national events will take place in September each year and will be designed to encourage and facilitate participation as much as possible. EuropeActive will be coordinating a number of fitness-based activities with its partners across Europe with a focus on school children and in active ageing.
EuropeActive is one the members of the Advisory Committee that has helped formulate the concept and to target actions, some of which will become part of the Erasmus+ Programme for events and collaborative partnerships.
By signing the partnership agreement, the Commissioner was recognising the positive aspects of collaborating with EuropeActive and the important role that it will play in helping to make the European Week of Sport a success.
Nathalie Smeeman said that
“We feel proud and honoured to be part of this initiative and for being chosen to be one of the small group who comprise the Advisory Committee. We are convinced in our mission to get MORE PEOPLE MORE ACTIVE MORE OFTEN is a fit for the European Week of Sport. Together with the European Commission and many other partners we can achieve an increase in participation levels in sport and fitness and to turn the tide of inactivity for European citizens”.
At EU Sport Form Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said that
“We want to show people that there many opportunities to #BeActive wherever they are. Get involved and help us inspire European citizens to do more sport and regular physical activity!”