Esbjerg Gymnasium will this year, between the 26th April and 2nd May 2020, be the host school for the European Sports tournament Euroschoolsport.
Euroschoolsport was founded by the European Union, it was originally an annual sports event contested by one Further Education school from each of the twelve founding members of the European Union. The main aim was for the schools to compete with each other in a variety of sporting activities, but the participating schools were also to expected to partake in a variety of social and cultural activities so that the students, teachers, schools and host cities gained a closer understanding of each other’s cultures.
In the initial years the event was supported economically by the European Union, but after the funding by the European Union was withdrawn, a number of the participating schools grouped together and decided to continue with the initiative. Much of the original concept is still the same, the eight participating schools compete with a boy’s and girls’ team, each with eight athletes and a coach and/or teacher for each of the two teams. All the student competitors are provided with a host family by the host nation school, and the host families are then also included in a variety of cultural and social events. Over the course of the week where the tournament takes place, the schools compete in three different sports disciplines, and they partake in a variety of social and cultural activities which aim to broaden the horizons of the participating students. Some of the activities are solely for the participating athletes, whereas others include all students from the host school and the host families.
The host school role has been shared between participating schools on a rotational basis, and in 2020 it is once again Esbjerg Gymnasium’s honour to be the host school again, after they last hosted in 2012.
In 2020 the sports activities which will be competed in are Volleyball, Athletics and ‘Bike and Run’, and as with all other years there will be a host of social and cultural events, which will provide our visiting students and teachers with an insight into Danish culture and not least what it is like to live in Esbjerg.