The European Youth Olympic Festival

The European Youth Olympic Festival is a top-of-the-world biannual (in an odd year cycle) sporting collection that incorporates youngsters from all over Europe. The event is for European boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 years, every winter and summer compete in nine different activities in an Olympic setup. The opening and closing ceremony is held with an Olympic flame and flag.

The founding of the EYOF was based on the Olympic legacy. It combines the cultural, educational values which gives it the Olympic value that is envisaged in creation of strong friendships, respect and excellence in the participants; bringing the young generation together leads to a more united nation.

The nine sporting activities that take place are; basketball, handball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, judo, swimming and athletics. These are played in line with the international rules of these particular sporting activities as set by the sporting federations. Within the age brackets, there can be other categories set in order to be inclusive and take care of the size differences.

The purpose of these competitions is to prepare the young people for the international Olympics arena; to guide them and nurture their talents on their excursion to the top of their game. Moreover, just like the real Olympic Games, the participants stay in an Olympic village where they are treated as full Olympians.

The next European Youth Olympic Festivals

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