This year the Hungarian School Sport Federation („HSSF”) organised for the eighth time the Hungarian School Sport Day, during ISCA Move Week, on the 3rd October. Each year we address every Hungarian public education institution and ask them to promote in this occasion at least 120 minutes of sports and active physical activity among pupils and teachers. Apart from the distance of the traditional “Hungarian School Sport Day Run” (this year 2,014 m), there are no limitations to the physical activities chosen by the schools, so during the 120 minute interval a wide range of recreational sports are introduced to pupils every year. Besides traditional sports like football, handball, volleyball and table tennis, many other physical activities are included in the program: team competitions and relay races, rope-jumping, sack races, zumba, aerobics or even hiking, orienteering and bike trips.
In 2014, the number of participants increased more than ever: almost 200,000 pupils of 772 schools did some kind of sport for at least two hours; they were joined by their teachers and their parents, so the overall number of participants exceeded 220,000 persons. The number of participating schools increased by almost one-and-a-half times compared to last year. We are convinced that this event – coordinated by HSSF and realized with the help of the participating institutions – was the most visited recreational sports program in Hungary and perhaps in Europe.