School Action Day

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The European Week of Sport is drawing closer, and it is time to get ready for the week’s main event, School Action Day. The Week of Sport is celebrated around Europe every year from 23 to 30 September. In Finland, the week’s programme consists of sports for children and young people – sports activities are for everyone, whether they want to just play with friends or develop into a top athlete. This year, School Action Day will be held online via a virtual event broadcast from Helsinki Olympic Stadium on 23 September 2021 at 12:00–12:45 pm. The event will take place during the schoolday, and it is available via a participation link. The event is open to all and free of charge. Save the date and join us in celebrating the joy of exercise!

The event has inspired thousands of pupils and students to move every year. This year, the event promises fun and activity once again. The programme includes introductions to various sports, shared activity sessions and the joy of exercise.


Event programme:

  • Opening ceremony: Deputy Mayor of Helsinki Paavo Arhinmäki
  • Tips from Helsinki’s sports instructors for independent activities
    Active moment: mobility, pair exercise and agility challenge
  • Finnish Multicultural Sports Federation FIMU: Interview with Mamanet instructor Amina Mohamed; Mamanet is a fun and easy team game – anyone can play it
  • Esbo IF: the range of athletics and the characteristics of various sports, coach Tara Vaittinen
    Active moment: learning the art of sprinting
  • Athlete Saga Andersson: pole vault and the path to athletics
    Active moment: learning stretches typical of pole vault
  • School Action Day dance: dance teacher Johanna Seppänen
    We’ll learn and dance a shared choreography. You can prepare for the event by rehearsing the dance in advance. Share your dance using the hashtag #BeActive! You can find the video for practising the dance here.
  • Helsingin Uimarit: tips for learning to swim and starting a swimming hobby, coach Noona Taipale
    Active moment: learning warming-up and dry-run exercises for swimming
  • Para-athlete Meri-Maari Mäkinen: para-swimming and the path to athletics
    What do sports mean to her? How did Meri-Maari become a para-athlete?
  • Tricks and fun: artistic gymnastics, parkour and trampoline gymnastics, instructor Julia Uutela
    Active moment: safe landing and how to practise it
  • Street Workout Finland: getting to know the sport, president Tomi Vuorinen
    Active moment: doing a warming-up series together
  • Active break together: a fun warming-up session and various exercises


Learn the School Action Day dance together before the event

Let’s learn the very first School Action Day dance! Led by your teacher, please learn the choreography designed by dance teacher Johanna Seppänen before the event. The instructions are attached here. Naturally, if you feel like it, you can also practise the dance on your own as much as you like. On the video, Johanna helps you learn the dance moves, so you can just dance away on the day of the event. In the School Action Day event, we can all dance the whole dance led by Johanna. We hope you enjoy learning the dance as much as we enjoyed designing and implementing it! Let’s #BeActive!

You can find the dance here. Enjoy learning the dance!


Participate via this link! 


For more information, please contact:

Mirjam Beekmann, producer
tel. +358 (0)50 401 3565

The European Week of Sport (EWoS) is celebrated annually on 23–30 September. The Finnish National Agency for Education coordinates the European Week of Sport in Finland. More information is available on the website of the European Week of Sport.



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