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European school sport day is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign

European School Sport Day

The European School Sport Day (ESSD) is a school day dedicated to having fun, playing together and promoting physical activity and health for everyone. It is a celebration which provides the opportunity for schools to:

  • Raise the profile of physical education (PE) and school sport
  • Create fun and enjoyment through physical activity initiatives for young people
  • Promote health and wellbeing for lifelong learning
  • Foster social inclusion and develop social competences among their students.

ESSD is open to any kind of physical activity that has the aim to encourage children to be active for at least 120 minutes per the day or to run or walk the distance of the given year (e.g. 2016 metres in 2016).

The European School Sport Day is inspired by the Hungarian School Sport Day; an event which is has been organised by the Hungarian School Sport Federation for the last 10 years. Last year, the first European School Sport Day was piloted in Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary with support from the European Union. This year, we expect the roll-out to include many more countries. The day is dedicated to promoting physical activity, trying out new ways of delivering physical education and school sport, and of course to create a “belonging to their school” experience among every participant.

The European School Sport Day is part of European Week of Sport