By Joanna Dochevska, MOVE Week Coordinator, Sofia
During MOVE Week, which takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, more than 130 free public events will be offered in Sofia, organised for the purpose of bringing sport and physical activity closer to us in our everyday lives.
Physical activity levels in Bulgaria are drastically low and this trend has not changed in the past four years. A more focused state policy in this area will be a guarantee for health and development and a wise investment in the future of Bulgaria.
When I am sometimes wondering where to begin reforming the Bulgarian system to ensure that everyone has access to sport and physical activity, I always consider where all of our people spend the bulk of their time. For the grown-ups it is their workplace and for kids and young people it is their educational institution.
I am glad to say that MOVE Week in Bulgaria will involve lot of educational institutions this year. Schools and kindergartens will hold events such as a long-distance race with 1,500 participants, a students’ competition 1000 participants and a cycling tour for children in preschool. All-day sport sessions will also be held in various schools.
It is wonderful that the kindergartens and schools want to take part in campaigns like MOVE Week and wholeheartedly believe that this week will help children and those responsible for implementation of policies to realise the need for daily physical activity.
MOVE Week presents us with some possible and not so big steps that we hope we can take in a very short time and which we believe will be extremely useful for us. These include changing regulations and creating more opportunities for physical education and investing in school and university sports teams.
The programme of all events in Sofia can be found here