The European Week of Sport 2017 will take place this year between 23rd – 30th September and aims to support and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle, via the #BeActive message.
The European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe, with 2017 seeing 32 countries participating for the third edition of the programme.
The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to be healthier and happier through the involvement of physical activity.
In 2016, the European Week of Sport saw more than 15,000 activities delivered across 35 European partners, resulting in 10 million active participants. For 2017 European Week of Sport will continue to inspire people to #BeActive and aims to increase its impact on last year’s outcomes.
This year’s European Week of Sport in the UK will continue to support and promote an increase in physical activity and sport through the #BeActive message. Here in the UK we plan to align the week to themed days, to ensure there is a wide reach of the #BeActive message and variety to inspire and offer people to take part.
The week will offer all involved a great opportunity to promote and align to a Europe wide campaign that will see social media support throughout the week. We will be looking to engage #BeActive ambassadors to attend events and support in generating PR activity.
Plans for the UK include a kick-off event on Saturday 23rd September in partnership with charity StreetGames, which will take the form of a #BeActive Festival, and will aim to engage families through a wide variety of sports and activities that will enable people to try out new things to support them in leading a physically active lifestyle.
The flagship event will be on Wednesday 27th September via ukactive’s National Fitness Day, which celebrates the fun of fitness and physical activity with thousands of free activities taking place across the country.
In 2016 National Fitness Day saw over one million people get active on the day and had a huge social media presence to support the celebration of physical activity.
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“I am delighted to have taken on the role of #BeActive Ambassador in the UK for the European Week of Sport. The week provides a great platform to celebrate the role that physical activity plays in supporting people in leading happier and healthier lifestyles on a huge scale.
We have some great plans coming together which will involve a number of exciting partners to reach a wider audience and help people #BeActive.”
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a crossbench peer and legendary Paralympian wheelchair racer – one of the most successful British athletes of all time.
Over an international career spanning 19 years she won 11 Paralympic Gold medals, held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon six times.
In 2005 she became ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. On 23 March 2010, Grey-Thompson was created a Life Peer on the recommendation of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. Her title was conferred as Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was appointed ukactive chair in 2015, turning her seasoned campaigning voice to the crucial issue of turning the tide of physical inactivity. She has been a leading public face for the organisation, outlining several key ukactive policy recommendations in the past two years.
In addition to her work at ukactive she is also a Board Member of several organisations including Transport for London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Tanni has appeared regularly on TV as chair of ukactive, including on BBC Breakfast and Daily Politics, highlighting ukactive policy recommendations as well as promoting the myriad benefits of physical activity as a whole.
Tanni is also a regular feature in the print media, providing expert comment on all things physical activity related and writing several op-eds in the Huffington Post.
“I am delighted to be a UK #BeActive Ambassador for the European Week of Sport. They have great plans in the UK, working with their partners such as StreetGames and charities like Mind and BHF, to get more people active and playing sport.
As a full time athlete I recognise the importance of campaigns like this, which is why my sister Ellie and I hope to announce our very own gymnastics based initiative as DoubleDownies later this year.”
Becky started gymnastics when she was seven years old at Bigwood Gymnastics Club and won her first British title when she was 12 years old before competing in her first international when she was 13.
Becky has been the British senior women’s all-around champion two times and is particularly strong on beam and bars.
She competed in the Beijing Olympic Games and finished in a British record 12th place in the all-around. In 2013 she was crowned English and British bars champion and made both the European and World bars finals.
In 2014 Becky took beam gold and two silvers at the British Championships on the bars in the all-around competition and also the European bars title.
In 2015 she was part of the team that famously won team bronze at the World Championships, and also claimed bars and beam silver at the European Championships.
In 2016 Becky won beam gold and bars silver at the British Championships, before helping the team win silver and becoming bars champion at the European Championships.
David Andrew Smith MBE took up Paralympic Rowing in 2009 after representing Great Britain in able-bodied Karate between 1993-1999 and Bobsleigh from 2002-2006. During this time, he also worked with the British Ski Teams as a national assistant coach.
David was born with clubfoot and came close to having his right foot amputated at birth. After spending his first three years learning to walk in special boots and plaster casts, a career in Olympic sport seemed doubtful.
However, that was just a hurdle he needed to get over and it was not going to hold him back, After 3 Tumours and 2 strokes which left David fighting for his life he now aiming to compete again for British Cycling.
Along with the sports that David competed in for team GB, he also competed in
Shinty, winning junior Scottish titles;
Skiing, where he raced in Austria, France and New Zealand
Athletics, where he won an East of Scotland 400m title.
British Karate Team
British Bobsleigh Team
British Ski Team-Coach 2008 – 2009
British Rowing Team
British Cycling Team
2013 – Present
2 x World Rowing Champion
London 2012 Gold Medalist
4 x World Cup Gold