European School Sport Day® (hereinafter: “ESSD”) is a pan-European initiative with the main objectives to promote sport and health enhancing physical activity (PA) at international level and involve as many children and young people, schools, and organizations in PA programs as possible. By identifying different focus topics each year, ESSD aims to break down cultural barriers and contribute to social inclusion. The program has been organized annually since 2015, continuously increasing number of participating countries and students, reaching almost 2,5 million students in 41 countries in 2022. By extending its main objectives, ESSD2023 will offer an alternative method that shows the joys of movement and thereby motivates children to adopt a more sporty, active lifestyle, to develop such attitudes and behavioural patterns. We use ESSD to leverage the power of sports to drive meaningful impact.
In 2023, the priority focus topic and the recommended activities that can promote it will be introduced in a toolkit, which provides schools and pupils relevant methodological and practical information on how they can organize their own PA events and how to find new, joyful, fun ways to be #BeActive. The project implements the objectives included in the EU policies on education and sport in a holistic way, interlinking the policy areas defined in the Guidelines: sport, health, and education. It contributes to the development of lifelong behaviour patterns in connection with PA. Through the establishment of flagship events, ESSD aims to connect European youth through PA and by addressing a huge audience, forming a community of physically active pupils across Europe.
Reference: 101090102 (ESDD2023)
Coordinator: Hungarian School Sport Federation
Partners: International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA, Denmark), European Physical Education Association (EUPEA, Luxemburg), BG Be Active Association (BGBA, Bulgaria), Deporte Para La Educacion Y La Salud (DES, Spain), Fundacja V4 Sport (V4 Sport, Poland)
Funder: European Commission
Timeline: 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.