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Published:  24 Nov 2023

And the winners of the 2023 #BeActive Awards are…

Commissioner Iliana Ivanova announced the winners of the 2023 #BeActive Awards at the annual gala in Brussels on 23 November.

Every year a jury selects the best and most inspiring projects and individuals, which contribute to the advocacy of healthy lifestyle and sport in Europe.

The #BeActive Awards showcase the European Week of Sport as well as the HealthyLifestyle4All initiative.

Commissioner Ivanova awarded the winners alongside ministers of sport from across Europe.

The 12 finalists competed for the grand prize in four categories. Each finalist received €2 500, while each of the four winners received €10 000.


The shortlist for this category was made of

  • FC Groningen B.V., the Netherlands
  • Patronat Municipal de Serveis d'Atenció a les Persones de Martorell, Spain
  • Per Mertesacker Stiftung, Germany

Patronat Municipal de Serveis d’Atenció a les Persones de Martorell took the first place with its project “Martorell Educa 360” that addresses inequalities in the education system, and promotes educational success, equity, and social cohesion.

The project works with children, teenagers and their families to understand their educational needs, helping them succeed in education.

Martorell Educa 360 ensures that children and teenagers have access to formal education tools. It also promotes the practice of other activities in a context of equality, namely physical activities.


This year’s nominees for this category were

  • Eversports, Austria
  • Groep Sportoase, Belgium
  • MOVEVO Technologies, Austria

And the winner was Eversports for its project supporting an active lifestyle and life-work balance and creating opportunities for its employees to be active.

Acknowledging that maintaining the health and well-being of its employees is of utmost importance, Eversport promotes daily “sports breaks” and sporting activities during and outside work.

Local Hero

In contention for this award were

  • Efstratios Alexandropoulos, Greece
  • Kalin Vasilev, Bulgaria
  • Martino Corazza, Spain

With the winner being Kalin Vasilev, who has managed to inspire and lead thousands of Bulgarians towards a healthier and more active lifestyle with a project that is 100% volunteer and community based.

Created as a community sport group, the project eventually grew into the Bulgarian non-governmental organisation "Tarnovo Health".

Across Generations

The finalists in this category were

  • Niedersächsische Kinderturnstiftung, Germany
  • Município de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal
  • Universidad de Murcia, Spain

The first place was awarded to Município de Vila Nova de Cerveira for its project that seeks to encourage and motivate their citizens, especially the elderly community, to adopt healthy lifestyles.

The project  identified and promoted new activities encouraging the integration of people aged 60 and over in sporting programmes and contributing towards a healthy lifestyle.

This goal was achieved through a set of integrated actions, such as the sharing and dissemination of good practices, and the study and organisation of sporting competitions with age-adapted games.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 2023 #BeActive Awards!

Tagged in:  BeActive Awards
Published:  24 Nov 2023