During an awards ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday, the province of Drenthe was recognised as a European Community of Sport.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Drenthe reports that the designation was awarded by ACES Europe, a non-profit organization in Brussels which recognises capitals, cities, communities and towns in Europe with a range of sports activities.
More than 30 cities were named during the ceremony, but Drenthe is the first place in the Netherlands to receive the title of European Community of Sport. Roger de Groot, mayor of the municipality of De Wolden, and representative Henk Jumelet accepted the award after travelling to Brussels by bus with a number of other local representatives of various sports initiatives in the province.
Yes! Drenthe mag zich de Sportregio van Europa noemen! @AcesEurope @MinVWS 🥇 @SportDrenthe Met veel enthousiasme is de titel ‘European Community of Sport 2019’ opgehaald in het Europees Parlement! #drenthesportregioeu Dank aan iedereen die zich hiervoor heeft ingezet pic.twitter.com/iCt8cZD6vI
— Provincie Drenthe (@ProvDrenthe) December 4, 2018
The officials described the award as “recognition for the countless sports associations and volunteers who are dedicated to making sure as many people as possible are able to enjoy sports and physical activity.”
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