The history of sport can be traced back to the very existence of human civilisation itself, probably ever since we started to use sticks and rocks to hunt with. It penetrates every social, political, ethnic and religious divide; and played by children in every geographical location, irrespective of the size of their community; testifying to its universal and accessible nature. Sport therefore not only reflects a society’s identity and evolution, but actually acts to shape societies. 

This explains the staggering diversity and richness of sports across cultures.

In Europe alone there are over 3000 traditional sports and games.However, due in part to globalisation by a few sports and the increased tendency towards individualised physical exercise, many traditional sports are in decline or already lost to us.

Given the importance of sport as an intangible cultural heritage it is imperative that we understand, preserve, protect and promote traditional sports

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