22 countries were part of first European Fitness Day

The European Fitness Day was celebrated in the European Week of Sport's opening ceremony host city, Kosice, Slovakia

How did your country shape up? Share your thoughts with us in our new survey. This year, ISCA and its European Fitness Day partners ukactive, BG BeActive, German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) and Sports Union of Slovenia set out to scale-up the successful UK National Fitness Day and roll it out across Europe. With fitness centres […]

“Then, I got company… People told me it gave them hope”

Departing from Heroes' Square in Budapest

Forrest Gump-style Journey of Hope ends after 31 days, 7 countries and a string of followers. From paper to reality, the Journey of Hope came to life last month and ended after 2500km and 31 days on the road for our four tour leaders, Feridun Ekmekci, Adnan Cangir, Aysel Atas and Meliha Kaya. The team […]

“It’s hard not to smile when experiencing a mix of runners, musicians, cooks and drag queens”

you never know who you'll encounter along the Copenhagen Half Marathon route. Photo: Copenhagen Half Marathon

On Sunday 18 September, the Copenhagen Half Marathon will add an estimated 22,500 participants to the European Week of Sport’s grand total with a colourful blend of sport, culture, music, food, international participants and spontaneity. For the Copenhagen Half Marathon, its maiden race could not have gone better, with 19,425 local and international participants and […]

Students from 6 continents on a mission to move people

Ollerup students are ready to MOVE the Danish capital next week. Photo courtesy of the students.

Next week will be a big week for 40 international students from Denmark’s Ollerup Academy of Physical Education as they embark on four days of moving people in Copenhagen. On Monday evening they will join the running NGO Right to Movement for some activities and from Tuesday to Thursday they plan to go “wherever the […]

Guess who’s riding the fifth-longest distance during the Journey of Hope?

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Clue: She’s Slovenian and you may know her well. The International Sport and Culture Association’s Head of Projects, Saska Benedicic Tomat, has been having an active month. And that suits her perfectly. But this one has been an even bigger adventure, as she is the person who will ride the fifth-longest distance in the Journey […]

“We will bring the world to Copenhagen for the European Week of Sport”

Students from the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education led the Let's Move flash mob at the 2015 MOVE Congress

Students from the Ollerup Academy of Physical Education on the Danish island of Funen love moving people. The international school has been an active supporter of the NowWeMOVE campaign since it started in 2012 and a new group of MOVE Agents are getting ready to create a “wave” of activity in their community and Copenhagen […]

“They say when I’m on the bike I’m like the Bionic Woman!”

Aysel Atas has faced a lifetime of battles head-on with determination and a love of physical activity. Now she is an inspiration and mentor to woman and people with disabilities in Turkey. Photo: Jerome Guiraud

How being active gave Aysel Atas the super-power to battle on.   For Aysel Atas, the Journey of Hope represents a lifelong journey that has seen her move from Turkey to the Netherlands as a child, be married by the time she was 16 and battle breast cancer at the age of 36. Aysel believes that being active […]

Danish active transport ambassadors give Journey of Hope a grand send-off

The #JourneyOfHope cross-border cycling tour started on 18 August at Israels Plads in Copenhagen.

The #BeActive Journey of Hope team cycled out of Copenhagen on Thursday 18 August with over 50 recreational cyclists following them in a nod to Forrest Gump’s famous long-distance run. The official start of the European Week of Sport event, which is carrying messages about active transport, physical activity and peaceful mobility around Europe, marked […]

Three reasons why you should you join the Journey of Hope

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“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run… What I was doing seemed to make sense to people… So I got company, and after that I got even more company, and then even more people joined in. Somebody later told me it gave people hope.” Quote and top photo […]

Journey of Hope event idea #6: Invite your local media to cover the event

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Your city will be in the spotlight when the Journey of Hope cross-border cycling tour arrives. Don’t let your local media miss it – let them know in advance and invite them to interview the team. This is a great opportunity for publicity! With the 6 event ideas we have presented you on the NowWeMOVE blog, […]