BeActive Beach Games

Promoting active lifestyle

BeActive Beach Games 2021 Latvia

To promote and support beach games as an instrument to promote physical and sport activities on the beach.

Date: August, 2021

Place: Latvia

Organizer: Latvian Sports Federations Council

BeActive Beach Games 2021 Portugal

To promote and support beach games as an instrument to promote physical and sport activities on the beach.

Date: September, 2021

Place: Portimao, Portugal

Organizer: Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth

BeActive Beach Games 2019

BeActive Beach Games 2019 Latvia

To promote and support beach games as an instrument to promote physical and sport activities on the beach.

Date: 17th and 18th of August, 2019

Place: Riga, Latvia

Organizer: Latvian Sports Federations Council

1130 participants, 23 sports activities

First ever BeActive Beach Games were held in the urban environment of Kipsala beach and Lucavsala beach area in Riga, Latvia. BeActive Beach Games were organised to promote the possibility of involving very different groups of society – people of different ages and different physical opportunities. Along with traditional and known beach sports such as beach football and beach volleyball, BeActive Beach Games in Riga also demonstrated less-known beach activities and opportunities for changing, adapting or re-designing game rules according to capabilities and availabilities of players. Special attention was paid on how to involve families, with their members of different generations and how to create an environment for involving people with disabilities and how to reach the various socially vulnerable groups of society.

BeActive Beach Games 2019 Portugal

To promote and support beach games as an instrument to promote physical and sport activities on the beach.

Date: 7th and 8th of September, 2019

Place: Portimao, Portugal

Organizer: Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth

600 participants, 21 sports activities

Second BeActive Beach Games were held in the natural beach of Portimao in Portugal. Its aim was to find new ways of increasing people’s overall participation in physical activities and to direct people towards a more active lifestyle in different environments, regardless of their age, health opportunities or level of physical capabilities. Also the purpose of the BeActive Beach Games was to create sports games and to promote physical activities that would not only increase overall participation in sport, but encourage the involvement of less visible, active or socially vulnerable groups of society.

BeActive Beach Games 2021

European Family and Sports-for-all BeActive Beach Games

Promote participation in sport and physical outdoor activities on the beach for the European citizens from all segments of the population, especially focusing on multigenerational families, using beaches and waterside areas as the main setting.

Main activities will be the organisation of the European Family and Sports-For-All Beach Games in Latvia and Portugal. Offering outdoor activities in beach and waterside areas brings a fresh approach and ties inactivity into related societal challenges to provide a concept of high value, which is easy to implement and has a long-lasting legacy. The BeActive Beach Games will represent an opportunity to activate existing public and open spaces for sports and physical activity, promote an active and healthy lifestyle for people, and bring the local community together around a regular event connecting families internally and externally with other citizens together and with their living environment. Furthermore, it is vital to promote the importance of exercise at a young age as it plants the early seeds for a lifetime of meaningful physical activity, which is why the project focuses on engaging the whole family.

Description of objectives

Objectives

  • Provide new outdoor activity options and innovative use of spaces in a natural or artificial beach environment to be implemented across Europe, as well as, in the future, within the European Week of Sport;
  • Increase participation of multigenerational families, children and youngsters, adults, seniors, persons with disabilities and other minority groups of the society such as at-risk teenagers, immigrants and people with different socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Use the environment of natural and artificial beaches or waterside areas (in an urban context), offering amazing opportunities to develop a wide range of sports and physical activities that can be freely adapted and practised on the sand and water.
About the project