The International Children's Games Committee was formed after the initial successful experience of the Games in Coventry in 2005 in order to make possible the ongoing participation of local children at this International multi sport youth event. After the Bangkok Games of 2006 the dream goal of hosting the Games in Kerry by 2015 took root and a 10 year plan to make it possible was put in place.
Tralee ICG Ltd was set up in December 2007 as a registered company, limited by guarantee, with four directors, an advisory board and company members. In 2008 the seven member Executive Committee of the ICG were hosted in Tralee and the plans to host were looked upon favourably, contingent on sport facility development and finance.
The Feasibility Study commissioned by Tralee ICG Ltd in 2010 concluded that the Games could indeed be hosted in Kerry and outlined the benefits to the county in economic, tourism, cultural and sporting terms. The Study was favourably received by the Department of Sport and Tourism and its event managers at Failte Ireland.
Regrettably, due to the economic downturn in Ireland at that time, the neccessary financial committments from Government Departments failed to materialise and Tralee ICG withdrew from its planned hosting application in 2012, in Daegu, South Korea.
The plans to host remain in place however and 2020 is now the projected year for hosting the Games in Ireland.
The International Children's Games:
The International Children’s Games The Games were founded in 1966 by Slovenian native and Physical Education teacher, Professor Metod Klemenc. His primary purpose was to promote peace, understanding and friendship among the youth of Europe through a sports and cultural festival. Nine European cities attended the inaugural Games held in Slovenia and since then attendance and participation at the Games has grown at a spectacular rate. At the present time the Games are the world’s largest multi-sport youth event for 12-15 year old children.
More than 40.000 children from 418 cities from 91 countries, and from all five continents, have participated in 48 Summer Games and 8 Winter Games The mission of the ICG is to enable the children of the world with their different languages, cultures, origins and outlooks to meet each year on the field of competition, to enable and develop friendship and understanding among children and to help secure world peace through the Olympic ideals.
The Games are in effect a mini-Olympics for children and operate on a city to city basis, rather than the country to country basis of the Olympics. The International Children’s Games are recognized and supported by the International Olympic Committee. Further details are available on www.webicg.org