Estonian Sports Association Jõud
Founded in 1946
Reorganized in 1990
Estonian Sports Association Jõud is a non-profit voluntary organization working in the public interests and directing its efforts at sports movement and providing better conditions for sports activities. The JÕUD is the national umbrella organization for sports associations of all the 15 counties of Estonia. The county associations unite 700 local clubs with 40 000 members daily taking part in activities.
Participation in other organizations:
- Estonian Olympic Committee
- ISCA International Sport and Culture Association
- CSIT International Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation
- CESS European Confederation Sport and Health
ESA JÕUD organizes and promotes on all territorial levels sports events, championships, tournaments and competitions of all sports activities. The JÕUD also organizes on national and regional levels courses for sport leaders, trainers and volunteers.
The most important sports events organized by JÕUD are the Estonian Sports Summer and Winter Games which take place every 4 years. In addition, every year summer and winter games of towns and parishes and different sports championships are organized.
Every year we also organize championships for the members of our clubs. In 2011-2015 we have competitions in 40 different sports - athletics, mountain-bike cross-country, orienteering, swimming, volleyball, basketball, football, handball, floorball, judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, female wrestling, sumo, weightlifting, kettlebell biathlon, shooting, compak sporting, tennis, table tennis, badminton, equestrian, rally sprint, chess, draughts, petanque, tug-of-war, Nordic walking, fishing, quiz show, golf, discgolf, bridge, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, ski-orienteering, biathlon, skating, ice hockey, ski jumping and motocross.
The most important event in the near future is The 13th Estonian Winter Games, which will take place in small town VALGA from 3-5 of March 2017. The Winer Games are expected to have more than 3000 participants.