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Development of School Sport in Estonia; Eesti Koolispordi Liit

Development of School Sport in Estonia;  Eesti Koolispordi Liit

The Estonian school competition calendar currently includes a total of 16 different sports, played from September to May.

During this period, Estonia will also host the ISF World Schools Championships (WSC) in orienteering from April 29 to May 5 in Otep√§√§. The combination of organizing competitions in a wide variety of sports with hosting a global event is a clear indication of the country’s intention and commitment to the development of school sport both nationally and internationally.


In Estonia, it is widely believed that school sport and physical education play a fundamental role in the early development of young people. Participation in these activities enables young people to understand and learn about key social values ??on their way to joining the adult world. In addition to developing physical skills, aspects of learning such as dealing with competition and the accompanying winning or losing have an impact on young participants, positively influencing their social and moral development. Establishing this as a common practice from an early age is essential to help Estonian youth become healthier and happier.

The Estonian School Sports Association plays an important role in the fight against inactivity among Estonian youth. In addition to increasing the activity of Estonian youth; it is also important to provide them with positive and engaging sports experiences from an early age. Working in partnership with national governing bodies, the aim is not only to increase the physical benefits of young participants, but also to develop educationally.

The plans put in place by the Estonian School Sports Association will focus on providing children with a wide range of sporting opportunities, enabling them to reach their potential or simply participate at different levels. This will include increased collaboration with schools, sports clubs and other sports groups, creating sustainable opportunities for participation in both school and community settings.

Estonia has taken several steps towards this goal of providing more opportunities for young people to participate in physical activities. One such step is the country’s involvement in the Erasmus+-funded European School Sports Day (ESSD) project, which aims to raise the profile of physical education and school sport while promoting health and well-being in lifelong learning through physical activity in the form of a fun initiative.

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