Attaining the title ‘city of sport’ and ‘city of culture’ is a competition like any other, and one that involves lots of hard work and self-discipline. And when you’ve achieved what you set out to do, an even greater amount of responsibility awaits. All because you want visitors to enjoy your city. This was the case in cities across Europe, including some in Bohemia and Moravia.
Ostrava, European city of sport 2014
Home to over 300,000 citizens, and the host of the annual Golden Spike world athletics event, the city of Ostrava, European City of Sport 2014, welcomed guests from all corners of its sporting community, along with international guests, in Workshop VII of SportWeCan, on ‘Improving the Health of Citizens’.
The Workshop proved a very successful event, where a wide range of participants from the community, from physical education teachers to sport club owners and managers, got to interact with leading figures in local sport organisations and European partners, to discuss the role of organisations in the field of sport and the different approaches to providing sport and physical activity to citizens as a way of promoting their health within the municipality.
Ostrava thus becomes the first Czech town to receive this prestigious recognition as only Náchod had been awarded by ACES Europe but in the category of European Town of Sport. "In the Czech Republic is holding a sports policy of high standards and professionalism" Lupattelli (the ACES Europe representative in the Czech Republic) highlighted in the press conference.
Plzeň, European city of culture 2015
Plzeň is a city of industry and beer, a city on the way to the West, a city on the Golden Path of trade, a city of four rivers. These days it is a city which has also been granted the prestigious title of the European Capital of Culture 2015.
In the year 2015, Plzeň will fully open up to cultural Europe as a host of outstanding artists as well as being their self-confident partner, as a hidden treasure for the visitors to the city who will be able to discover its stories connected with architecture, historical events and industrial precincts.
Plzeň is making significant investment in cultural infrastructure. A new theatre building is being constructed as well as the Světovar culture factory, while a number of public spaces are being given a new face. At the same time, the European Capital of Culture project is an inspiration for both traditional cultural institutions and new players from the ranks of non-profit organisations and civil society. New opportunities for international cooperation arise as well as for the creation of exciting new productions, exhibitions, concerts and artistic interventions. New themes are being examined, new communications and relationships established.
České Budějovice, EUROGYM 2016
European Gymnastics Union entrusted the Czech Gymnastics Federation with organizing Europe's largest gymnastic youth festival, EUROGYM 2016.
EUROGYM is a festival of gymnastics, which is meant for young people over 12 years. EUROGYM has a long tradition and is held every other even year. Next festival takes place in the South Bohemian metropolis České Budějovice in month of July 2016 and the expected attendance is 4.000-4.500 young people from around 25 European countries. Organizing this spectacular event is a big challenge for the whole gymnastic movement in the Czech Republic.