European Traditional Sports and Games Association


by Biel Pubill Soler in Publicaciones

Institute for the Development of Sport and Education

The interest in original sports, or so-called traditional sports, is constantly growing worldwide. New traditional sport clubs and festivals are being created to preserve and save the traditions of physical activity from oblivion. Traditional sports in many countries were developed consciously and treated as an element of national identity while in other countries, traditional sports have been neglected and even completely forgotten.

For several years, the Institute for the Development of Sport and Education (IRSiE) has been collecting and providing information on traditional sports of different nations around the world, thereby popularizing this extraordinary and non-material part of the human heritage. Initially, these were short articles written in Polish (and published on the IRSiE website), however, it soon turned out that this form of traditional sports promotion  interested people same becoming popular in many places around the world.

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by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales, Meetings

More than sixty members of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports have been invited to participate in the annual meeting organized, on this occasion in Aosta, by the Federachon Sport of Nohtra Tera with the collaboration of the Italian Federation of Traditional Games and Sports. Fifty people attended, among delegates and companions, who had as their base the Hotel Diana, in Pollein, a municipality near Aosta.

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XVIII General Assembly of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports

by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings

The Federachon of Esport Nohtra Tera organizes the XVIII General Assembly of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports that will take place between the 30th of May and the 2nd of June 2019 in Pollein – Aosta – Vallée d’Aoste. Italy.

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Traditional Sports and Games in schools programmes

by Guy Jaouen in Uncategorised

The recognition of TSGs through their integration into the school curriculum is one of the major AEJeST objectives. This is what motivated the declaration of Verona in 2015 (see text). Appel Verona 2015 En 2

This article makes a non exhaustive point of the last decisions going in the direction of TSG recognition through their integration in the school programs.


Iran:  The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, in charge of Culture, said last week: “Support for the development of indigenous and local sports is a priority.”
It was during a competition that took place at the beginning of May in Quchan (North East), that during a conversation with journalists, Minister Abdulhamid Ahmadi said: “We must support sports programs for villages, and traditional sports. The Ministry and the Federation of Indigenous and Local Games will vigorously organize international events in the field of rural and nomadic sports, as well as indigenous games, with special credits for this section. ”

Spain, Canaria: Friday 8 of February was published the new Canarian law on sport. One chapter is about TSG. “The Canary Islands administration will be guided by the following guiding principles for the recovery, maintenance and development of indigenous and traditional sports and games as an integral part of our culture:
– The organization of leisure and sports activities contributing to reinforce one’s own cultural identity.
– The training of technical staff, arbitration and sports judges.
– The establishment of promotion programs and techniques, especially those intended for the sports initiation of young people of school age.


Philippines: The National Assembly of Philippines has approved a law to preserve the indigenous games of the country. Last end of December 2018 was voted the “Philippine Indigenous Games Preservation Act”. The law (with departments of Culture and Education), will initiate measures to preserve indigenous games in the country, including their inclusion in the appropriate part of the curriculum in the basic education system of the schools.


Andorra, Spain: In September 2018, the official physical education programs of the Principality of Andorra included traditional sports games, sports, dances, nature activities and motor practices (with or without competition).     in “Programmes

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by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales

The VI International Meeting of Traditional Games Ribera del Duero took place from April 25 to 28, 2019 in Aranda de Duero and Gumiel de Izán, and was organized by La Tanguilla. On Friday, April 26, an international symposium was organized focusing on “Women and Traditional Sports”. The framework paper was given by Dr. José Luis Alonso Ponga, Director of the Chair of Studies on Tradition in the Center for Applied Anthropology of the University of Valladolid, whose communication was about “Tempus Ludendi: as if all life was a game. Everything that is not serious. He emphasized that the game “is something consubstantial to the human being, even before culture itself”.

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Participation in the II World Ethnosport Forum

by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings

Almaty Kazakhstan organized by World Ethnosport Confederation. Members of AEJeST, ITSGA and the UNESCO Advisory Committee were present:Pierre Parlebas (CEMEA), Kazimierz Waluch (Prezes Instytut Rozwoju Sportu i Edukacji), Ezzeddine Bouzid (Tunisia), Pere Lavega (INEFC); Jafari (Iran Sports Rurals Federation).

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by Guy Jaouen in Festivales, Meetings

From March 30 to April 14, 2019, a study trip and meetings were planned in Iran (see map), in collaboration with the I.R.IRAN RURAL SPORT & LOCAL GAMES FEDERATION, and his president Gholamréza Jafari (also Vice-President of ITSGA).

Numerous meetings have been organized, either with regional leaders of traditional sports or with the administration of sport, or with regional governors and finally senior officials of the Ministry of Sport and Youth. The goal was to exchange information, material, ideas around development projects, festivals or international congresses.

13/04. Meeting with Mr. Abdulhamid Ahmadi, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, in charge of Culture.

The following file presents a summary of the festivals that were on the program of the study trip. IRAN – Study trip 2019 01

There are many traditional wrestling styles in Iran, all very popular. Here a view of the great Choukhe wrestling tournament at Esfarayen, with about 20,000 spectators!

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Presentation of the AEJeST flag to President Jafari.

The European Association was represented by Guy Jaouen, also president of ITSGA, the international TSG coordination. He was accompanied by Petar Petrov, a researcher at the Institute of Ethnography in Sofia and a specialist in wrestling sports. President Jafari also presented a copy of the first volume (700 pages) of the encyclopedia of traditional sports and games which is currently in construction. Two other volumes are in preparation, representing nearly 1100 different practices.

Following this two-week exchange, collaborative actions will be proposed to AEJeST, notably through international festivals and congresses.

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International Congress: The traditional game today: surveillance, projection and social utility

by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales, Meetings

The past 29, 30 and 31 of March took place, in Cangas del Narcea, the International Congress: The traditional game today: surveillance, projection and social utility, organized by the Association of the Vaqueiro Bolo, the Conceyu of Cangas del Narcea, the Sociedá Etnomotora Asturiana and the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports.

The meeting was exquisitely led by the friends of the Bolo Vaqueiro Association who prepared a rigorous, entertaining, varied and enriching program.

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VI International Meeting of Traditional Games Ribera del Duero

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International symposium on Traditional sports practices and sustainable cultural tourism. Tamanrasset, Algeria, 7-12 January 2019.

by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales, Meetings

Several members of ETSGA organizations along with other TSG enthusiastic colleagues participated in Le Colloque International Pratiques esportives traditionnelles et turisme cultural durable. Tamanrasset, Algeria, 7-12 January 2019. organized by the Association Sauver l’IMZAD chaired by Farida Sellal.

The colloquium dealt with the following topics: description and analysis of traditional sports games; cultural context of the JDT; Games, sports and identity challenges; contributions of the JDT to sustainable tourism.

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