The event is an EU wide initiative, led by the European Commission and implemented at EU, national, regional and local level, with the help of national coordinators and in partnership with sports organisations and stakeholders.
The idea for a European Week of Sport originated in a 2011 European Parliament resolution on the European dimension in sport, which recommended setting up an annual large-scale event to raise awareness of the role and benefits of sport and physical activity.
The first edition of the European Week of Sport took place in 2015 and received a positive appraisal. Since then, nearly 15 million Europeans have taken part in over 37 000 events organised as part of the initiative in the 32 participating countries across Europe.
On 29 September 2017, a spin-off of the sports event – the European School Sports Day® – engaged more than 2 million students from 26 countries in 7 000 events.
Source: 'At a glance' note on 'Ready, steady, go: European Week of Sport 2018' on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.