Arganda del Rey City Council, Junta de Andalucía or ‘Sportlife’, among the BeActive 2023 awards


The City Council of Arganda del Rey, the Junta de Andalucía, the University of Valladolid and the magazine ‘Sportlife’ were some of those recognized this Wednesday for their contribution to the promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits in the delivery of the awards. CSD-BeActive 2023.

These awards are granted to the Autonomous Communities, municipalities, educational and sports centers, universities, media
and work centers that “have shown a greater commitment to promoting sports practice and healthy habits during the European Sports Week, held last September,” recalled the Higher Sports Council.

Thus, the Madrid town councils of Arganda del Rey and Rivas Vaciamadrid and Ciudad Real were awarded for being cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and for having a greater number of activities in relation to their population, and those of Gualix de la Sierra (Madrid), Martorell (Barcelona) and Tarazona (Zaragoza) because they are among those in a range between 5,000 and 50,000 inhabitants.

In addition, the Junta de Andalucía was recognized in the Autonomous Communities category for being the community with the three most participatory municipalities in the sum of its activities, while the municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants were awarded for having a greater number of activities in relation to its population have been Pezuela de las Torres (Madrid), Balanegra (Almería) and Cabanillas
of the Sierra (Madrid).

In addition, a special award for originality for the composition of a song/hymn for the European Sports Week 2023 was awarded to the Rivas Vaciamadrid City Council, and in the category of university centers, the winners were the University of Valladolid, the Universitat Jaume I and the University of Barcelona for having a greater number of proposals during this ninth edition of the European Sports Week.

The commitment of the CEIP Clara Sánchez, of
Castilla la Mancha; the CEIP Miguel de Cervantes, from Castilla-La Mancha; and the CEIP Concepción Arenal, from the Valencian Community, and Fiesta Colombina SLU for being the work center with the most proposed activities and the most participation.

The CSD-BeActive Awards also value the work of the media committed to the dissemination of the European initiative, its values ​​and the fight against sedentary lifestyle and for this reason they distinguished the magazine ‘SportLife’ for its coverage of the European Sports Week of 2023.

This year’s ambassadors were Víctor Gutiérrez, water polo player, member of the Spanish team and LGTBI activist; Varo Hernández, cyclist who competes in the freestyle BMX modality, and judoka Marta Arce, triple Paralympic medalist.

“BeActive allows us to capitalize on a European initiative in Spanish territory and without you it would not be possible,” said Víctor Francos, president of the CSD, who opted for collaboration between public administrations to “make sport a top-level social policy.”

For the leader, “a boy or girl who has an extracurricular sports activity after school is not the same as someone who doesn’t have one because they can’t.” “Sport has a great impact and there is room to use it for good, to fight for worthwhile causes. ‘BeActive’ has to be another example,” he stressed.

“For this reason, the CSD hopes to collaborate with the Autonomous Communities, City Councils and Provincial Councils to develop public sports policies. Sports is one of the areas in which
that we can find each other and it is worth trying,” concluded Víctor Francos in statements provided by the Council’s press department.

European Sports Week is an initiative of the European Commission to combat sedentary lifestyles that is celebrated simultaneously in all EU member countries and others in the rest of the continent.
that have been added since 2015.