The Project


The EUROPEAN VOLUNTEER EVENTS for THERAPY through SPORTSEVENTS Project - aims to develop strong institutional procedures for the specific contribution of sport and physical exercise to the prevention, the therapy in the field of mental health and the rehabilitation of mental health service users at European level within the overall Active Living context.

The project is the practical reflection of the vision of a major European institutional link between the fields of Sport and Mental Health: State Sports Authorities, Federations and Associations, private bodies in the sports sector, National Health Systems, Educational / Research Institutions, Local Government, Private Institutions and Civil Society meet up and join their forces in a movement that promotes an active living, the idea that sport is for everyone, that sport fosters our soul.



The 1st European Sport & Physical Exercise Event for Mental Health is the culmination of the new strategy that highlights the independent and specialized approach of Physical Exercise and Sports as a significant and effective factor for a holistic approach in the field of Mental Health.

34 organizations and 250 individuals who practice sports from 14 countries have already support with their participation the 1st European Sport & Physical Exercise Event for Mental Health, which is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ Sport Program, will be held will be held in Athens, Greece, on 21,22 & 23 September 2018. The 1st European Sport & Physical Exercise Event for Mental Health - the milestone of the EVENTS project actions – was set up under the Patronage of the European Parliament President. A reward that provides this particular initiative with a moral acclaim.

Implementation of the 3-day event is nothing more than the practical implementation of a message of freedom and the promote of an active living as the foundation of personal development and the development of the society as a whole.



The 1st European Sport & Physical Exercise Event for Mental Health aims to:

  • The inclusive participation of population with or without mental disorders
  • The combination of Sport and Physical Activities
  • The lack of any competitive concerns among the participants
  • Multiple choices activities instead of strictly structured sport programs.
  • The direct relation with the natural environment instead of activities that can be implemented only in sport premises.



SENDING ORGANISATIONS FROM: Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Bulgaria.  

OBSERVERS FROM: Italy, Belgium, UK

PROJECT DURATION:  Nov 2017 - Oct 2018