The Faroe Islands are a Role Model for successful Community Sport Activities!
Being surrounded by nature of such beauty as in the Faroe Islands it seems just logic that people want to experience outdoors activities. This is true for both visitors and locals-hence sports play a big role for the communities of the Faroe Islands.
Moving around the islands used to be a physical challenge in the old days-walking and hiking, rowing, fishing, all social and professional activities were based on physical strength and durability. So the active lifestyle is part of the local culture and deeply in the genes of the Faroese people.
Despite being a rather small society of only around 50.000 inhabitants on 18 islands, there is a variety of different sport associations and many clubs and teams-ambitious international engagements are driven by both politics and the local sport fans. The Faroe Islands have started a campaign to be recognized as an independent Nation to compete in the Olympic Games.
They see a strong case in doing so, as they are members in their own rights in 8 international sporting federations, but in Olympic Games have to come under Denmark’s flag. The international sporting federations that recognize the Faroe Islands independently are those of archery, badminton, football, handball, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. We will start introducing some initiatives that might attract and encourage international sport events or sport related meetings to come to the Faroe Islands and experience firsthand the unique spirit and enthusiasm of local people and their organizations, such as the:
Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC) is the driving force in establishing international relationships and developing and overseeing community sports. Some of FCSOC’s main accomplishments include the establishment of the Faroese Olympic Committee in 1982, participation in all Paralympic Games since 1984 (in which the Faroese have won 13 medals), membership in eight International Federations and the transformation and investment in grass roots and community sport in recent years.
As Jon Hestoy, Vice President of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee says: “Sport plays a huge role in the Faroe Islands. Our sport’s journey over the last 80 years has been phenomenal and particularly rapid over the past decade. We’ve seen international success, major investment in facilities and huge growth in community sport. We certainly hope that as our campaign for Olympic recognition continues to gain traction, the future of Faroese sport will be even brighter in the years ahead”.
18,000 Faroese people are members of sports clubs, which are driven and overseen by the FCSOC.
Here are 2 interesting twitter accounts to follow:
a) the official Twitter page of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee (FCSOC). @FaroeOlympic
b) Jon Hestoy, Vice President of the Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee.@jonhestoy
Some more ideas about physical activities on the Faroe Islands:
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