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This was one of the most successful editions of European Week of Sports in Bulgaria organisers believe, Source: Ministry of Youth and Sport of Bulgaria

Thousands of Bulgarians took part in #BeActive European Week of Sports 2021

Thousands of Bulgarians took part in #BeActive European Week of Sports 2021

According to the organisers, this was one of the most successful editions of the initiative, despite Covid measures

The seventh edition of the European Week of Sports in Bulgaria has ended. For one week, from 23 to 30 September, the Ministry of Youth and Sports organized sports competitions, demonstrations and games under the motto "It's time to be active again, nothing can stop you" in Sofia, Vratsa, Montana and Vidin, as part of the European Commission's European Week of Sports initiative #BeActive.

Thousands visited the attractive Night of Sports #BeActiveNight and the Sports Village in front of the National Palace of Culture in the capital.

The aim of the project was to support the personal development of young people, to meet their sports needs and to give them the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle.

During the European Week of Sports, many representatives of sports federations, clubs and organizations presented their activities in various ways. The culmination of #BeActive in Sofia were "Night of Sports" and "Sports Village", in which hundreds of athletes participated. The European Night of Sports was inaugurated by the Minister of Youth and Sport Andrey Kuzmanov and the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel.

"Being active overnight or for a week is a strong signal, but it is not enough. My message is for European Week of Sports to energize everyone so much that it continues throughout the year,” said Commissioner Gabriel during Sports Night.

Competitors in athletics, basketball, wrestling, boxing, rhythmic gymnastics, taekwondo, aerobics, handball, arm wrestling, fencing, sports dancing, break dancing and other sports from over 30 federations and sports clubs drew in children and young people, who actively participated in the European sports celebration. The future athletes had the opportunity to get to know some of the stars of Bulgarian athletes, who were also ambassadors of the initiative.

The promotional faces of both events were the gymnast Boryana Kaleyn and the judoka Ivaylo Ivanov, who sent a message to young people to be active and choose a discipline to practice.

The #BeActiveTour initiative took European Week of Sports out of the capital city. The aim of this campaign was to engage the interest of teenagers from all over the country in sports. Hundreds of children from Vratsa, Vidin and Montana took part in the #BeActiveTour, participating in a number of sports games and demonstrations.

Let's include competitionThe campaign also included a 'Let’s include' sports tournament, which featured basketball, sitting volleyball, curling, field hockey, bocce, adapted swimming and adapted water sports.
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A #BeInclusive competition was held during the Sports Week, organized in partnership with the Association for the Development of Bulgarian Sports. Sports and pedagogical specialists working with people with disabilities and active in the field of adapted sports exchanged experiences and discussed good practices for inclusion through sports.

Two photo exhibitions have also found a place in a series of activities, as part of European Week of Sports. 28 photos of the most significant Bulgarian sports achievements in 2021 were exhibited in the space in front of the National Palace of Culture.

The shots present the most exciting moments of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the successful performances of our athletes. Parallel to this, in the area of ​​NSA, another exhibition presented photos with unforgettable moments from the past editions of the initiative.

On 28 September, over 60 sports centres in Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Pernik and Radomir joined the #MultiSportOpenDay campaign. Everyone had the opportunity to participate completely free of charge in a number of exercise sessions led by professional coaches.

The events of the European Week of Sports were held in strict compliance with the measures against the spread of COVID-19.

#BeActive is part of the European Commission's initiative to promote sport and physical activity for EU citizens. The national coordinator for Bulgaria is the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This year's edition of the initiative was funded by 160,000 euros from the European Union's Erasmus+ program.

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