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It’s a wrap, but the numbers are still climbing!

Preliminary results reveal more events, MOVE Agents and cities for MOVE Week 2015

MOVE Week 2015 may have officially drawn to a close yesterday, but reports of events, participants and cities involved are still rolling in, and are expected to push the final tallies much higher.

In Europe, 38 countries were once again represented, plus 5 countries in Latin America and the United States also making its MOVE Week debut. 

The number of cities hosting MOVE Week events grew by over 50%, with 1707 registered in Europe, including 411 in Hungary alone. Hungary has also registered the most events so far (705), closely followed by Bulgaria (699) and Poland (558). Iceland and Ireland punched well above their weight with 430 and 282 events respectively.
MOVE Week cannot happen without the voluntary efforts of the MOVE Agents who organise events in their communities – almost 3000 MOVE Agents registered their events this year.

MOVE Week spanned over the European Week of Sport (EWoS) timeframe, from 7-30 September, this year to support the new initiative. ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby predicted in an EU Parliament hearing that it would add 6000 events to the official EWoS tally – and his forecast is not far from being a reality, with the number climbing above 5100 and still rising.

The inital numbers are equally impressive in Brazil, which had 5500 events scheduled for Semana Move Brasil from 19-27 September. The first test of the Latin American MOVE Week (20-27 September) in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay has also shown clear signs of success, with almost 600 events, 350 cities and 1.5 million participants estimated.

Scroll below to see how this year’s National Coordinators and MOVE Agents moved their communities and offices in 2015 and use them as inspiration to host your own MOVE Week events next year!

Congratulations everyone! #MOVEWeek #BeActive 


MOVE Week brain breaks get kids and adults moving in Spain 

Brain Breaks are a series of exercises that last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and 5 minutes in total. The idea is to take a quick break from your tasks in the classroom or office. This year in Spain one school in Barcelona and two new partners including CBRE, a real estate company with 250 office buildings around Spain, decided that during MOVE Week they’d be introduce Brain Breaks to their students employees to encourage healthy habits and improve performance.

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European School Sports Day set to become annual tradition

The first European School Sport Day took place on 25 September, defying wet weather in Hungary, receiving incredible media attention, and moving thousands of children in Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland - not to mention that everyone had fun. As part of the pilot initiative and flagship MOVE Week and European Week of Sport event, more than 1000 schools participated in Hungary and Bulgaria, and the Polish figures are expected to add significantly to the total.   

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MOVING Adults and Seniors

Irish organisation shares its tips for staying active in the office 

This year Ireland has organised something very special for the MOVE Week and promotion of physical activity around the country! On 23 September, Community Games, HSE and Athlone IT organised a spin cycling challenge and completed a total of 293km. Multiple relay teams of 6 members cycled for 30 minutes each. Their initiative shows yet another great way how to stay active indoors and office environment and how to build team spirit!

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Gorlice moves seniors and local mayor during MOVE Week

Gorlice in Poland wants to encourage seniors to practice sport and to be physically active in their everyday life and make the Senior Games an annual event. With the local mayor opening proceedings, it used MOVE Week as a springboard to do just that. The event started on 23 September and was organised on PZU Pathway – a sport area recently built for the local community by the Polish Insurance Company – PZU.

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MOVING Ministries and Neighbouring Countries

Belgian Ministry of Finance celebrate MOVE Week in grand style

Minister of Finance Johan Van Overtveldt at the closing event on 25 September: â€œThis is the second year that we have participated in MOVE Week and it has been great success! Ministry of Finance is a dynamic organisation. Being engaged in motivational activities is important for us. I hope this will be a long term engagement for the years to come and the enthusiasm for this project will grow even more.”

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Trust builds partnerships that make neighbouring countries MOVE

This year, Association Sport for All Suceava initiated its MOVE Week events and Escalada Aventura Park promoted them in cross-border cooperation projects between Romania, Ukraine and Moldova. Climbing and mini golf activities were attended by 110 participants from the three countries during a full day. â€œBy cooperating together, we all have something to gain," says AJSPT Vice President Mihai Adrohovici.

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MOVING under water! 
Over 100 children, teachers and spectators in Karlovac, Croatia, showcased a diving event with an orange twist – MOVE Week divers took the plunge wearing this year's T-shirt over their diving suits! Read more

For more MOVE Week event inspiration, Find Your MOVE tips, updates from the MOVE Congress and more, visit the NowWeMOVE Blog

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