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Published:  29 Nov 2022

#BeActive Awards 2022: and the winners are…

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has announced the winners of the #BeActive Awards 2022 at the annual gala in Brussels on 28 November 2022.

Every year a jury selects the best and the 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 Gabriel was joined by MEPs Tomasz Frankowski and Marc Tarabella, co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Sport Group. She awarded the winners alongside ministers of sport from across Europe.

Finalists and winners

12 finalists competed for the grand prize in four categories.

Each finalist received €2 500, while each of the four first-place winners received €10 000.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the 2022 #BeActive Awards!


The finalists in this category were

  • Krokiet & Lama Academy, Poland
  • Croatian School Sport Federation, Croatia
  • Mascalzone Latino Sailing Team ASD, Italy

The first place went to Krokiet & Lama Academy, an initiative combining education, entertainment and movement in kindergartens and primary schools in the format of online videos.

The videos focus on topics from the core curriculum of schools and kindergartens and can be used directly in classrooms or any other educational places to combine physical activity and learning. They promote movement and knowledge and are helpful to foster the integration of Ukrainian refugee kids with their Polish peers.


Nominees for this category were

  • Adevinta Classified Media Hungary Kft., Hungary
  • Azur Sport Santé, France
  • EWII Koncernen, Denmark

The first place went to Move@work « Je bouge + au travail », a global approach created by Azur Sport Santé, based on scientific recommendations and literature, to help change the physical activity work-related habits and promote a more active and healthy lifestyle.

The Move@work approach is custom made and it can vary from a simple informative campaign to a full-scale revamping of the company’s active culture.

Local Hero

In contention for this award were

  • Branko Omazic, Croatia
  • Elias Mastoras, Greece
  • Piotr Mariusz Borowski, Poland

And the winner was Elias Mastoras. He is the founder of the International Campaign "A ball for all" and he has patented the unique mini blind football. The light sound ball is not for sale, but only for donation. 8 500 have been distributed for free in 213 countries and territories.

Ilias is the IBSA Blind Football Chairperson for 2021-2025. Blind football is the only paralympic football in the Paris 2024 paralympic calendar.

Across Generations

The shortlist for this new category was made of

  • Asilo Savoia, Italy
  • Suomen Latu Ry, Finland
  • Univerza V Ljubljani, Slovenia

Univerza V Ljubljani won with its SLOfit Lifelong project. SLOfit Lifelong was created to promote physical activities adapted to be used for all generations of Slovenian citizens, raise awareness for all generations to engage in healthy lifestyle choices. The project has been continuously monitoring physical fitness of children and adolescents for the past 30 years.

Recently, SLOfit Lifelong was devised as a way for individuals to take advantage of tracking and understanding their own health status once they leave the public school system, with special renewed attention to inter-generational support. Testing is free of charge and easily accessible at local level.

Tagged in:  BeActive EWOS EWoS 2022
Published:  29 Nov 2022