Call to UNESCO: more attention for intangible cultural heritage of culture sports
European Sports for All Games start for new elan culture sports in Europe
During the closing ceremony of the European Sports for All Games 2018 on 7 August 2018 all participants have called UNESCO to give more attention to the intangible cultural heritage of culture sports. They signed a joined statement. “It is wonderful that this is the result of a unique en special week of sports’, Wolfgang Baumann (TAFISA), Erik Lenselink (NOC NSF) and Anne Jochum de Vries (Sport Fryslân) make a united statement. The Knowledge Centre Intangible Heritage, responsible for the implementation of the UNESCO convention, supports the initiative heartily. The statement is an important result for this event. Next to that there are other lasting effects, for example the new G-class in the sailing event Sneekweek and the first steps towards a Dutch Shuffleboard Association.
To UNESCO the athletes itself are the most important. Albert van der Zeijden (Knowledge Centre for Intangible Heritage): “It is all about creating the awareness to them that sports are cultural heritage. It is something that can give you a sense of identity.’ Anne Jochum de Vries continues: “That is indeed what these European Sports for All Games are all about. To connect those sports en those athletes. To give all of those different sports and athletes a podium and connect them to each other. To make them feel that sports and identity go together.’ Erik Lenselink (NOC NSF) complements: “That is what we have seen and felt here this week. The athletes have a historical awareness and that – and the feeling of connection and identity – has grown to all of them over the last week. Because they shared it with each other and a large audience, they also felt it.’ Wolfgang Baumann (TAFISA) is satisfied about the first edition. ‘It was the first time that these European Sports for All Games took place, in addition to the World Sports for All Games. We are very happy with how things went and certainly with these results. In this way the cultural heritage remains alive in the form of traditional sports.’ The next World Sports for All Games will be in 2020 in Portugal. Anne Jochum de Vries concludes. ‘With its rich history and great awareness among its inhabitants, Fryslân was the perfect place for this first European Sports for All Games.’
Chance of succeeding
The initiative for this statement comes from the Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands and TAFISA. Dr Marian ter Haar of Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands: “Intangible cultural heritage is the bridge between present, past and future. It is culture of today, creating a sense of connectedness with earlier generations and at the same time with the future.”
It helps that all these countries and organisations take a joint approach,’ says Albert van der Zeijden from UNESCO Netherlands. “It means that there is a greater chance of success than when a single sport from a single country tries to make known the intangible values of sport.”
The organisations that signed the declaration are: Sport Fryslân, TAFISA, NOC NSF, province of Fryslân, the municipality of Heerenveen, Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands and all participating countries. These organisations will take the next steps together with Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands and NOC NSF.
You can download the Heerenveen statement from https://www.kenniscentrumsport.nl/evenement/kennissafari-the-big-five-tafisa-european-sports-for-all-games-heerenveen/.
For more information, please contact:
Silvia Hania, communication European Sports for All Games:
Jacqueline Kronenburg, communication Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands