BeActive Beach Games

Promoting active lifestyle

BeActive Beach Games 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 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.

International Conference
in Spain

To present and promote the developed framework model of the BeActive Beach Games.

Date: 22nd of April, 2020

Place: Barcelona, Spain

Organizer: Union of Sports Federations in Catalonia

About the conference:

The international conference will present and promote the developed framework model of BeActive Beach Games along with the methodological and educational guidance materials for organisers and stakeholders of the BeActive Beach Games and self-help tools for inhabitants encouraging them to involve in sports activities that can be practiced on the beach. The conference as a 1-day event will bring together organisers of physical activities and sports, representatives of beach sports from the project partner countries, stakeholders, NGOs, universities, sport federations and clubs.

About the project

The model of BeActive Beach Games along with the methodological and educational toolkit is developed with a view to be disseminated outside the project partnership as an
easy-to-use tool for sports clubs and organisations, groups of individuals for use on real or artificial beaches with an aim to stimulate physical activity in a beach setting. The dissemination strategy (described below) is geared towards reaching audiences outside the project partnership and help them discover and try organising BeActive Beach Games themselves.

It is the purpose of the project to develop BeActive Beach Games model that will remain relevant after the project end and will not only be continued to be used by the project partners, but also taken up by organisations and groups of individuals outside the project partnership. Introduction of sportive components to a setting that is usually associated with leisure and relaxation will increase the amount of physical activity by participants.

Description of objectives


  • Development of a model for the organisation of Beach Games and its testing in two phases of Beach Games in Latvia and Portugal;
  • Development of a manual for future Beach Games organisers and a methodological toolkit for individual practitioners (e.g. a family, group of friends or colleagues);
  • Create an educational toolkit on sport, health, social and ethical values underlying organisation of the Beach Games as a tool for contributing to the development of a healthier society, both physically and morally;
  • Achieve a result, which can be replicated in other contexts, for example, “artificial” beaches with sand, on rivers, lakes and swimming pools.
About the project