MOVE Week in Prague introduced non-traditional physical activities

Řepy v pohybu (MOVE Week in Prague). Photo: ČASPV (Czech Association Sport for All)

Prague 6 became the centre of modern sports in the Czech Republic on Thursday 26 May. Nearly three hundred children, adults and elderly people joined MOVE Week and learned about new physical activities which are not common in their normal lives. The offer was wide, from kin-ball, woodball, mölkky, to trike, for example. There were two more surprises for the people who attended. The event was followed by Czech TV and the mayor of the city.

The weather forecast promised rain and clouds, but before 2 pm it was as if a miracle happened. The sun showed up and stayed shining for the rest of the day and the playground at the elementary school in Řepy, where a MOVE Week event took place, was immediately full of enthusiasts. So the “Řepy in motion” action could start!

Every participant was given a list of non-traditional sports and chose the ones in which they were most interested. Archery, skateboarding or slack-line are well-known and popular among children, but trikke, indiana and airtrack also proved to be a great success.

“Our aim is to explain to children to go out and play sport instead of playing with their smart phones and computers. They had the opportunity to try games such as mölkky, which is a sport that came to us from the Nordic countries, and the kids love it. It’s something different from what they learn in gym class,” said Jitka Synková, mayor of Prague 17.

At the end the visitors stretched their bodies during a Flash Mob dance. The action should have finished at 5 pm but had to be prolonged due to the great interest.

“Plain and simple, the event went very well and we think we have attracted more people to become regularly active,” said promoter of the event Miroslav Zítko, from the Czech Association Sport for All.

“Řepy in motion” was organised by the Prague Association Sport for All in collaboration with TJ Sokol Řepy and the Czech Association Sport for All Secretariat under the auspices of the city of Prague 17.

Article by Petra Fabianová, Photos by ČASPV (Czech Association Sport for All).