The award ceremony for the 2021 #BeActive Awards took place on November 29th in Brussels, gathering sport and physical activity stakeholders from across the continent both onsite and virtually. 
 
The #BeActive Awards are part of the European Commission’s annual European Week of Sport campaign. The awards recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting active lifestyles across Europe. A total of 76 applications where received this year, all of which deserve applause and support, for the 3 award categories: Education, Workplace, and Local Hero. 
 
European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, opened the ceremony along with Simona Kustec (Slovenia Presidency, Minister of Education, Science and Sport), stressing that the awards are an opportunity to celebrate the impact physical activity and sport has on people’s lives. This was further emphasised through the testimonies from European Week of Sport Ambassador (and previous award winner) Jorge Pina, and from the 2020 award winners- Petra Preradovica, Education Award winner (Primary school, Croatia), and Local Hero Award winner, Tomas Slavata (Czech republic). 
 
Commissioner Gabriel announced the winners of each category, before also revealing that the 2022 edition of the #BeActive Awards will include a new category: #BeActive Across Generations’ Award.
 
2021 #BeActive Award finalists and winners: 
 
#BeActive Education Award
 
TSV Neuried e.V. (Germany) 
 
Dansk Boldspil-Union (Denmark) 
 
II. Gimnazija (Croatia) 
 
#BeActive Workplace Award 
 
iData Kft (Hungary) 
 
Volvo Car Gent (Belgium) 
 
Servico Intermunicipalizado de Gestao de Residuos do Grande Porto (Portugal) 
 
#BeActive Education Award 
 
Alo Looke (Estonia) 
 
Nagin Ravand (Denmark) 
 
Veroljub Zmijanac (Serbia) 
 
More information about the awards here 
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Dec 2, 2021 By Pauline Joskin