Małgorzata Bronikowska from Poznań, Poland „We would like to spread knowledge and skills about our Polish games during the European Sports for All Games.” She has already visited Friesland but cannot wait to show her team the „wonderful place and people” of Friesland. Her biggest wish is to sail on a Frisian Skûtsje, according to herself.

Poland participates in the European Sports for All Games with four sports: Grele, Kapela, Polskie Ringo and Pierścieniówka. These games were formerly practiced in different classes and derive from various areas in Poland. It is not about winning or losing but about maintaining tradition and movement of the body. The four traditional sports are part of a new Polish school policy. The children learn the sports from an early age because they grow up with them. That is why the sports are so popular in Poland.

Pierścieniówka is a netball game dating back to 1936. Robakowski invented the game for youngsters. His main inspiration was taken from fishermen. Until World War II the game was quite popular but after 1945 the Soviet politicians forbade to organize physical activity based on Polish traditions, so it disappeared. Polskie ringo is a net game with a rubber ring from middle 70’s and Grele is a very old Polish skittle game. The fourth Polish cultural game is Kapela, an old stone game (aiming and throwing) which was played by shepherds in Kociewie (region of Kaszuby).

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