The Games consist in an opening and a main programme:

Main programme
From August 3rd until 7th , dozens of organizations, hundreds of volunteers and participants and thousands of visitors will give (the traditional) sport a podium. Fryslân welcomes at least 20 international teams* with 50 traditional sports, 200 participants and tens of thousands of visitors. Together we see, feel and experience the passion for sports and exercise. Everyone can participate on his or her own level, that’s what it’s all about: #sportsforall

*Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Friesland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Slovenia, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom.

Opening programme
And that is not all. The opening programme, which has already started, sets Frisians in motion. We do this by organizing various exercise activities for young and old such as Walking Football and Shuffleboard (German sport) in the province. These activities are for people who, for various reasons, cannot participate in sports and exercise activities: #sportsforall

Participate, have fun, discover and experience new (traditional) sports together

What makes the European Sports for All Games special?
We connect… with traditional sports
We connect different sports, European traditional sports and our ‘own’ Frisian sports with each other in Frisian villages and cities. Traditional sports that belong to the identity of every country of the past, now and in the future.

In 2018, Fryslân is the playing field where friendships, new ideas, a powerful open community and numerous initiatives will be created in villages and cities. We make people aware of a sustainable change and adjusting a lifestyle. All of this contributes to a vital Fryslân: a vital population and vital villages. This makes us and everybody happier as a person: #behappy.

We show where we come from, who we are and are going to be

We are healthy
Did you know that about 350 Frisians die every year because they do not exercise enough? Particularly in 2018, we want to help the 240.000 people in Fryslân to become more active.Those, who do not exercise enough, are at greater risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We therefore organize in 2018 various (renewed and traditional) exercise activities that everyone can participate in, every day, on his or her own level.

#sportsforall: Sport, move and revitalise every day: in your own way

We feel happy
That smile, the little jump in the air: sport can create a wonderfully happy feeling. Fun is the greatest motivation for sports and exercise. For some, it is winning a medal at the Olympic Games and for the other, walking up the stairs or taking a walk is a huge success.

Be proud of yourself and your own achievement

Who are we organizing the Games with?
The European Sports for All Games is organized by Sport Fryslân, NOC*NSF and Tafisa. It is made possible by the province of Fryslân, European Union (Erasmus +), Stichting De Friesland and De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar. This project joins the programme of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018.

Fryslân is the proud host for the first European Sports for All Games in 2018 (The World Sports for All Games have been organized by the World Sports Organization TAFISA for years). Our approach is to boost the future of the European and World Sports for All Games. But of course we don’t do this alone. Together with volunteers, sports clubs and companies from all over the country, we let all participants and visitors from Fryslân, the Netherlands and Europe see, feel and experience what connects our cultures. It will be a fantastic experience!

View the programme!

Working together