Strengthening European Traditional Sports

Building a network to strengthen European traditional sports and games


TAFISA, Gerlev (Denmark), Sport Fryslan (Netherlands), University of Physical Education Poznan (Poland), Flemish Traditional Sports Federation - VlaS (Belgium), Italian Traditional Sports and Games Federation - Figest and Kavala (Greece) are proud to announce the launch of the ‘Traditional Sports and Games - European Platform’, which stands for safeguarding and promoting TSG.

On December 6th, 2017, at a conference hosted by MEP Seán Kelly at the European Parliament, the partners presented the result of a one-year project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union. High level speakers were gathered for this special event. MEP Seán Kelly underlined the importance to safeguard TSG for the European cultural diversity, and Marisa Fernàndez Esteban, Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Sport Unit, highlighted the commitment of the Commission to promote TSG. UNESCO’s Jonathan Lorcher-Beaudran announced UNESCO’s strategy to elaborate policy guidelines on TSG, develop an online world sports encyclopaedia and establish an International platform on TSG.

A result of the project is the publication of a State of Play of European Traditional Sports and Games, which provides a picture on the situation of TSG in Europe from the points of view: policy, practice and research. It also includes a directory of organisations working with TSG and a set of good practices. All these resources are available at: 

The conference was also the opportunity for Anne Jochum de Vries, Director of Sport Fryslan and head of the 1st TAFISA European Sport for All Games (3-7 August 2018), to invite European countries to participate in this event.

The mission of the ‘Traditional Sports and Games - European Platform’ is:
‘To serve as a European resource hub that stimulates the sharing of TSG policy, knowledge and practice, ultimately increasing the number of institutions and individuals involved in TSG. We hope this will bring us to a united Europe, eternally rich and diverse in TSG.

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