The European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open finished the ninth year. Despite the current situation with coronavirus, almost 300 participants arrived in Brno. Those who could not come cheered from their homes. Now, the organizers are planning the jubilee 10th year! Which will hopefully come back to the heart of the Brno city to Svoboda Square.
Brno had its ninth year of the European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open. Despite the current situation with coronavirus, almost 300 participants arrived at Brno Sports Fields. They measured their strengths in summer sports. The jubilee 10th year is awaiting them and it will be held between 23rd and 27th June 2021.
The Sports part of this year’s European Youth Games for the Disabled finished yesterday, there were almost 300 excited athletes between the age 10 to 26. Over 100 participants took home their well deserved medals. Children from abroad who could not come due to coronavirus will have the “emil” T-shirt and a commemorative accreditation card sent to their homes. There is a set of medals coming to every single team.
The Emil Open 2020 participants have already finished one day of competitions but today they keep going! There is also an evening closing ceremony awaiting them. They are also looking forward to the rich accompanying program in Brno. We interviewed a few athletes for you!
The ninth year of the European Youth Games for the Disabled is coming. One of the people involved in renewing their tradition in 2017 was also Veronika Kuchtová. Today, she is the only Czech in the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. We are bringing you an interview with her.
To have fun and help at the same time. That is what several spectators of the Eye to eye Jan Kraus show were able to try. He moved from the red sofa to the Brno theater Radost. Thanks to the beneficial event, every visitor supported the Emil Endowment Fund that helps children and youth with disabilities to do sports. The total earnings from the entrance fee is 55,900 Czech crowns. The Comdata company also handed over a check worth 71,000 Czech crowns.
The ninth European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open were officially started by the festive ceremony in the sports ground of the Technical University in Brno Pod Palackým vrchem (Under the Palacky hill). The atmosphere was underlined by the flag bearers who also represented foreign countries who could not come due to the current situation. Their trainers were also part of the festive parade. The drummers also arrived at the stadium and rapper Lukáš..
Yesterday, an hour before noon, everything came to life in the streets of Brno - thanks to the parade that included a live drum show. The joyous parade walked through the heart of Brno thanks to the opening of the ninth European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open. One of the stops was the courtyard of the New Town Hall. The participants were also greeted by the mayor Markéta Vaňková. She will also visit the Brno sports grounds to support the participants...
As a boy he played at the swimming pool. And that was it - a damage to the cervical spine, paralysis of his legs and arms. Despite this, goblets and medals from the European Championships and the World Championships proudly shine at his home. As he says, he is still waiting for the Paralympic one. When he doesn’t train himself, he trains the wheelchair team of rugby players. And he will not be missing the Emil Open 2020 either. He is the ambassador of athletics.
Ten-year old Natálka and Štěpánek at the same age are friends who do sports together. They do athletics but not just the basic one. Štěpán Kaloč trains to ride a wheelchair at 50 meters and throw a ball. Natálie Hlavinková was born with cerebral palsy and limited mobility of her left hand. And this is her first time to take part in the European Youth Games for the Disabled. Both friends from the athletics field answered 10 questions...
The European Youth Games for the Disabled start on Wednesday 16th September. A team of future journalists will also take care of the media coverage of the event - these are children who create videos or written news under the auspices of experts. These are also children with disabilities.
The European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open 2020 start on 16 September. More than 600 participants from 13 countries will arrive in Brno to measure their performances in five summer sports. Before the start of the four-day “marathon”, one of the key milestones of the Games is the start of the cooperation with the Czech Special Olympic Movement. The organizing association of Emil Sports Association signed a Memorandum with this movement. The goal is to..
The European Youth Games for the Disabled are not only about sports but also about fun, friendship and about exploring new places. And Brno offers countless of them! This year, the Emil Open participants can count stars or exotic butterflies, the more active ones will appreciate laser “hiding game” or jumping on special trampolines and other attractions. We bring you 8 tips where to go for free thanks to the accreditation card! Just register yourself by September 14th on..
Lukáš Polčák was born without part of his leg and arm. Nevertheless, he swam for the Paralympic team and he was the second best swimmer in the Czech Republic. Today, he focuses on fitness, raps his own lyrics and he tries to motivate other people with various disabilities to do sports. One of the most common questions he receives is how to handle “the looks of others.” He experienced bullying at primary school himself. However, he has always done..
Jiří Ježek lost his leg due to an accident at the age of eleven. Nevertheless, he became the six-time Paralympic winner and also the six-time world champion in cycling. In August, the Spanish journal Marco placed him in the ranking of the best athletes of the 21st century, that's as the only Czech.
The European Youth Games for the Disabled is also based on volunteers. During the 9th year, 120 of them will take turns on the sports ground. The vast majority of them come to help from the Faculty of Sports Studies of Masaryk University. We are bringing you an interview with their coordinator - Sylva Hřebíčková.
Due to the world pandemic, the ninth year of the Emil Open European Youth Games for the Disables will take place in September. The organizers are currently dealing with all the regulations and recommendations from the institutions and experts. This is why there is a new position in the team, the so-called “COVID coordinator”. “As a part of ‘fair play’ towards our surroundings, friends and teams, we must follow individual precautions, “says Michal..
Jan Kraus arrives in Brno on 16 September and moves from the red couch to the Radost Theatre in Brno. Thanks to the benefit show Face to Face with Jan Kraus, Brno residents can help children and young disabled people play sports. The money collected from the entrance fee goes in its entirety to the Emil Endowment Fund. Admission is 350 crowns and is available online.
Brno will host the Emil Open European games for disabled youth for the ninth time. More than 600 participants from 13 countries will come to the Moravian metropolis. They will measure their strength in five sports. The four-day summer games start on Wednesday, September 16th. And this year there is also an engaging accompanying program.
The global pandemic has affected many events. The Emil Open Summer European Games for Handicapped Youth is one of them. For the first time, they will take place instead of June to September. In the following interview, the president of Emil Open, Pavel Zbožínek, describes what other organizational "hitches " the current situation has brought. It was he who resumed the Games in Brno in 2017.
Painting on the wall, a steamboat ride on the Brno dam or scientific experiments. The Emil Open European Youth Games for the Disabled will traditionally bring a varied accompanying program. The Wheelchair Association cooperates on this and its fundraiser Lenka Uldrijanova reveals, in an interview, what the participants or interested parties from the public should not miss.
She is very well aware of how complicated not only sports can be for the disabled, but also the movement and orientation around the city itself. The fact that she is no stranger to the sport proves that she runs herself, supports Brno clubs and athletes and is personally involved in the preparation of the multifunctional hall at the Brno Exhibition Center.
The Hetman of the South Moravian Region Bohumil Šimek granted the patronage of the 9th European Youth Games for the Disabled, Emil Open. According to Bohumil Šimek, the region has one of the best public transport systems in the Czech Republic. It is the accessibility that is constantly being improved. Bohumil Šimek is going to come to personally support the participants of Emil Open 2020.
Hana Válková is one of the key creators of the concept of the European Games for the handicapped youth Emil Open. She has been teaching at the Faculty of Sports Studies of the Masaryk University, which is a partner of the event, for more than 5 years.
Also this year, Czech Railways became a partner of the Emil Open. Read how they will support the 9th European Youth Games for Disabled.
How many participants and which sports will Emil Open host? Read for more
Read more about the details and apply for the Emil Open Summer European Games for Handicapped Youth!
Preliminary Entries are open till 12th June!
From June 1st athletes can register for the 9th Summer European Games!
Statement by President of the Emil Open on the date of the 9th Summer European Youth Games for the Disabled
President's statement about the current situation of 9th European Youth Games for disabled preparations during the pandemic with coronavirus.
At the meetings of the governors there was accepted a decree of support for Summer European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open
You only have a week! Preliminary entries are open till 3rd March so don´t wait and send us your application
Today we open the Preliminary Entries for the Emil Open 2020. Until 3rd March 2020 you can express your interest and tell us how many participants you would like to bring and in which sports they are interested to compete.
To introduce you to our new vicepresident of the 9th European Open Youth Games for the Disabled, we asked him few questions.
Here we go again! The date of the Summer Emil Open 2020 is here! Take you diares, smartphones and write down 24th-28th June 2020! You just can´t miss this event :)
The athletics ambassador Eva Kacanů enjoyed the genuine joy of all competitors that one can see all around at the Emil Open.
As a part of the accompanying programme, you had a chance to see popular Czech talk show with actor and host Jan Kraus.
“I came from Austria on Wednesday together with my team. We compete in Boccia. This is our first time here and I hope to come back next year. The atmosphere is great and I think that my results are not bad either,” Laura, Austria.
Meet this year´s Boccia ambassador Michaela Balcová. She did swimming before she took to Boccia, and she fell in love with the sport instantly during her very first training session.
Drummers from Austria went parading in the city centre of Brno and the Emil Open began.
Together with companies Ultina back to active, 2Wsports and LODNÍ SPORTY BRNO, the Emil Endowment Fund will introduce a brand-new sport called ParaPaddleboarding designed for sportsmen and sportswomen with a disability.
There are more than 800 attendants interested in our 8th Europian Youth Games for the Disabled after the preliminary registration. From today, all of them are able to fill in their entry by name and register their athletes and their disciplines.
Move your wing for a good cause and become an assistant to referee or help organizers with production.
Today we open the First Entries for the Emil Open 2019. Until 3rd March 2019 you can express your interest and tell us how many participants you would like to bring and in which sports they are interested to compete.
Here we go! The date of the Summer Emil Open 2019 is here! Get your diaries and write down 12th -16th June 2019. Also this time you can be looking forward to many days of competitions, fun and experiences Do not forget to share this news with your friends and bring them with you
A tip for summer evenings- feast your eyes. You all looked and were great!
Today we bring you an interview with Professor Hana Válková, who works at the Faculty of Sports Studies. She focuses mainly on the sport psychology and is in charge of athletes’ coordination and the philosophy “open”.
Emil Open could not happen without volunteers, and there were more than a hundred this year. People helping the teams from abroad were wearing orange T-shirts. „We do some interpreting and make sure that everything is clear to the athletes, and we also help with transport in the city,“ said volunteer Lucie, who took care of Lithuanian team.
She is the head of Emil foundation which title was held in the 7th European Games of Handicapped Youth in Brno. At the end of the whole event, Jana Procházková evaluated the Games.
It was a bit difficult way for golf within European Games of Handicapped Youth. Gold has become a part of Emil’s programme last year. “We had only two golfers. The one was a British successful golfer Ashley Harris,” says Veronika Kuchtová.
Pavel Zbožínek is stated as the organisation committee president at the website of Emil Open. During the 7th European Youth Games for the Disabled he was referred to as a sports director on many occasions by the hosts.
All sporting events at Emil Open 2018 are over. See the complete results of all sports and categories. You are all the winners for us.
This is the end of sports at Emil Open 2018. The sporting part of the 7th European Youth Games for the Disabled in Brno has ended on Friday evening. The five sites were closed and more than a hundred sets of medals were given to more than four hundreds of athletes from 16 European countries.
These two sports are very similar, the main difference is that bocce is played outside on grass surface, and boccia is played inside. On Emil Open, bocce is divided to two categories – open and mixed. The players compete on the groups of three. Boccia has only open category with subgroups B1 – B4.
Last year he was a participant, this year he came to Brno as an ambassador. British talented golf player Ashley Harris is one of the faces of European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open. He took a liking to Brno and he could not wait to come back to the South Moravia metropolis.
Patrik Kaleja came to Brno from Eastern Slovakia. He is from Sabinov and is attending a special school in Levoča. The fourteen years old boy has been blind since he was born. It does not make him to have less vigour, quite the opposite.
You can see Brno as at your fingertips from the areal on Kraví hora. The first thing to catch your attention is ancient Špilberk castle, to the right there is contemporary landmark – M Palace. „What a view, look,“ one of the participants of Emil Open was amazed.
Regional councillor Jana Pejchalová wasn’t missing at opening ceremony within 7th European Youth Games for the Disabled and she talked about respect and esteem for all the participants of Emil Open 2018.
One of the most famous disabled athletes in the world is cyclist Jiří Ježek. He won the Paralympic Games six times, and he was allowed to start at the time trial at Tour de France. Few people know that he was at the birth of Emil Open. He is a passionate promoter of the event taking place in Brno in these days.
Petr Vokřál, the mayor of Brno, attended opening ceremony and press conference of 7th European Youth Games for the Disabled. As a former athlete and skier he has a strong relation with sport and he supports Emil Open very much.
The parade of sixteen European teams was the part of Opening Ceremony of the European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open 2018 this afternoon. The participants met in the sporting areal of BUT in Brno Pod Palackého vrchem. Each team with the flag bearer in the front presented their athletes in the parade.
The European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open 2018 will be ceremoniály opened on Wednesday, June 6. Participants from 16 European countries are coming to Brno so they can compete at selected sports and enjoy the atmosphere of an exeptional international sporting event.
Dear friends, European Youth Games for the Disabled are returning to the south of Moravia and its capital Brno regularly. I believe that all participants of the Games will enjoy the stay in our region. Disabled athletes and their will and enthusiasm are a great inspiration for us.
As well as last year, Emil Open cooperates with universities and canteens to provide accommodation and meals for athletes and volunteers.
There are only few days left until the seventh year of Emil Open. We are looking forward to meeting all the teams and sport fans in Brno. But there is a question, how to get here? One of the options is by the Czech Railways, which are a partner of Emil Open.
The cuts in budget made it impossible to let all 917 interested athletes from 18 countries participate in this year’s Emil Open. Limit of athletes from abroad is 10 from each country, limits for the Czech athletes are set with regard to representation of each region and number of athletes in each sport.
Pavel Zbožínek has started his collaboration with the Emil Foundation in 2016, when he was the head of the team organising the IWAS U23 World Games Prague 2016. Shortly before the 7th year of the Games, we asked Pavel about how the preparations are going.
The organisers of the 7th year of the European Youth Games for the Disabled announced detailed programme of the Games. Not only the participants, but other visitors can be looking forward to coming to Brno now!
Emil Open is supported also by famous Czech personalities. Jan Kraus is traditionally one of them. He has been supporting the Emil Open Games since their beginning, and last year he came to Brno to support them in person. „There is no doubt that the Games have good and useful purpose,“ said Jan Kraus about the Games.
BRNO – According to the number of registered athletes, this year´s Emil Open was supposed to be record-breaking. Despite the fact that 917 athletes from 18 countries registered, the organisers had to cut the number of athletes less than a month before the Games start. Due to a budget shortfall (in comparison to previous years), it was impossible to ensure sufficient amount of finances for such a big number of participants and games of this extent.
Jiří Ježek is one of the most successful handicapped athletes in the world history. He is six times the Paralympics winner and also the worl champion. He competed with intact athletes on a regular basis and in 2013 attended the famous Tour de France race.
For the 7th time, the city of Brno will welcome young disabled athletes from all around Europe. Except for taking the event under its auspices, the city invites students of primary schools in Brno to take part in the event.
Table tennis will not be missing as one of the official-programme sports at this year´s Emil Open. The table tennis players Vít Špalek and David Půlpán has achieved big successes in this sport.
The volunteer are the spirit of all sporting events and without their help it would be difficult to organise anything. The organisers of this year’s European Youth Games for the Disabled launch the volunteers registration in the second week of April.
Starting today, you can book accommodation! Do not hesitate to book one of the lodgings at Brno universities. You have time till 7th May. Games are coming, are you excited? :)
He was the biggest star at the last year’s Emil Open, this year he will be present as an ambassador. World record holder and Paralympic swimming winner, Arnošt Petráček, speaks well of his participation at the European Youth Games for the Disabled.
Former Czech police officer and retired lieutenant. He spent 2007 in Afghanistan and suffered a severe leg injury during an action against Taliban. Now he is the president of the Czech Disabled Golf Association and Czech national representative in both paragolf and Alpine skiing. Miroslav Lidinský.
Do you like sports and are you glad to be helpful? Do you want to experience unique atmosphere of an international event similar to Paralympics? We are looking for you!
7th year of the European Youth Games for the Disabled, Emil Open 2018 is extending the number of sports as well as the collaboration with Slovakia.
The organisers received more than 230 binding registrations (out of more than 900 received during pre-registration) within the first week of registration for Emil Open 2018. The European Youth Games for the Disabled will take place in Brno, from June 6 to June 10. It will be one of the biggest sporting events in the region.
They could be role models for many people who have no health problems. It is admirable that despite their handicaps, they are fighting like real heros. The life stories of Emil Open 2018 participants are touching. We will introduce you the first one – the story of 13-years-old Tomáš from Bratislava.
Brno is already preparing to welcome the participants of Emil Open 2018. On Tuesday, March 20, the organizers have opened the second round of registration. This registration is binding.
Are you curious about in what sports, categories, events and on what venues the competitions will take place? Now you can find all the necessary information in the Entry System in the Preliminary Sport Schedule.
969 participants from 18 European countries. Record number of athletes and crew members are already registered for the 7th year of Emil Open, which is starting on June 6 to Sunday, June 10, 2018.
It is less than three months until the launch of the 7th Emil Open. Around nine hundred young talented athletes from 21 European countries will head to Brno. Emil Open will begin at June 6 and will run until June 10, 2018.
More than 100 000 visited the Olympic Festival in Brno so far. On Wednesday, February 21, the organisers prepared so-called Paralympics Day, during which the Emil Foundation was presented.
Today the Preliminary Entries for the Emil Open 2018 have been open! Until 8th March you can express your intention to compete.
We are happy to announce to all the Emil Open fans that they can start looking forward to another edition that will begin in 205 days!
The Saturday´s sunny weather attracted many participants to visit the local zoo and cruise on the Brno dam. Part of the expeditions was attracted by the VIDA park, where almost 170 interactive components of a unique permanent exhibition could be tested on an area of nearly 5000 square meters.
During the four days of the Emil Open 2017, young disabled people enjoyed the Moravian metropolis not only on sports grounds but also as part of the accompanying program. A special tour of the city, a visit to the Brno Zoo or a steamboat cruise was prepared for those interested.
It would be very hard to organise such a huge event like Emil Open without strong partners. How the city of Brno supports this event and which institutions helped with the organisation of the Games? How difficult is the preparation of the Games? Check out who supported us this year?
One of the main events of this year´s European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open was the golf competition. Despite the fact that it is not very usual event among the disabled, it was one of the highlights of the Games in brno. It attracted many visitors and fans. Both competitions won British player Ashley Harris.
The last competition day brought the final matches and medal ceremonies. The accompanying program showed interesting roping down of the wheelchair brace participants from the Hotel Voroněž, as well as the sitting volleyball and boccia with paragolf.
Thursday culminated with the training and exhibition match of the Czech U21 minifootball representation together with the blind football players of AVOY Brno. It was also a good invitation for the starting European minifootball championships. The match had a clear scenario – AVOY Brno won 8:0.
The Brno view, the 30m height and a lot of adrenaline. The Emil Open 2017 organisers prepared a non-traditional activity which will stay in the memory of the participants for a very long time.
The Moravian metropolis changed this week into the place of the European Youth games for the Disabled Emil Open 2017. It welcomed more than 700 participants from 16 European countries. Also the Brno universities participated in preparation works of the event. They offered the help with the sport facilities and accommodation but also they managed to find volunteers among their students.
The second competition day of the European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open started in the morning at particular sports areas, where the participants competed in their events. The afternoon program at the Svobody Square was rich again with Jiří ježek, Jiří Suchánek, wheelchair floorball players, blind football players or the U21 minifootball representation.
On Saturday June 8th, crowds on the Svobody Square welcomed the Paralympic champion and Emil Open 2017 ambassador, Jiri Jezek, who prepared TOP SPEED event for cycling enthusiasts.
A popular Jan Kraus Show was held in an unusual way on Wednesday, June 7th on Svoboda Square. Four secret guests were seated into the red sofa – leader from the popular band “The Tap Tap”, Simon Ornest, athlete Katerina Novakova, swimmer Arnost Petracek altogether with the program and music director of Radio Krokodyl, Jiri Wiener.
Among the guests of the European Youth Games for the Disabled was also the chairman of the National Council of Disabled in Czech Republic, Václav Krása. This event, organized by the Emil Foundation, he considers to be extremely important.
On Wednesday 7 June, the European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open started with the rich accompanying program. The Tap Tap band heated up the fans on Svobody Square and the showman Jan Kraus invited his guests.
For the sixth time, young disabled athletes will meet in Brno for the European Youth Games for the Disabled, with more than 440 athletes taking part in five sporting events. "It is definitely a benefit for South Moravia that the European Youth Games for the Disabled are held in Brno," said Bohumil Simek, Governor of the South Moravian Region.
Brno is becoming the sport center of disabled Youth these days. European Youth Games for the Disabled “Emil Open” are starting on Wednesday. The Moravia metropolis will welcome altogether 714 participants, of which are 449 amaterous and profesional athletes and 265 team members from 16 countries.
To transport more than a thousand of people to such a big even as Emil Open, it is not easy. Lucie Stárková, the transport coordinator of Emil Open 2017 appreciates the cooperation with the Czech Railways and she described in the interview how does such transport of the disabled sportsmen works.
Emil Open is not only about sport but also about the rich accompanying cultural and sports program. Check out what you can expect on the Svobody Square from Wednesday till Friday.
Gold medal in the singles and the Two-members Teams at the IWAS U23 World Games for the Disabled in 2016 - these are the greatest achievements of table tennis player David Půlpán, who will not miss even this year's Emil Open. The native of Třibich in Chrudimsko has to cope with the congenital defect of the right lower limb, it is about 20 centimeters shorter.
The six time paralympic champion and the world champion in cycling Jiri Jezek plans to end up his racing career in the end of this year. However, even after the long 23 years of his fruitful career, he is still able to enjoy the sport.
It will be a celebration of sports and life, fun and arts. The European Youth Games for the Disabled will not be only about sports but also about the rich accompanying program. From Wednesday 7 June, there will be many events prepared in Brno. Do not miss it!
Watch the video and check out the beautiful sport facilities ready to welcome the Emil Open 2017 in Brno. Veronika will show you the stadiums and places where you will fight for the victory in June.
Radana Kolčavová, the press attaché of the Brno University of Technology speaks about the cooperation with Emil Open and about the need of the major sport events for the kids and students.
The 25-year-old disabled British golfer will be one of the major stars at the Emil open 2017. Ashley Harris, 4th in British open, 3rd UK Golf Trust Open thinks Emil Open is a great place to compete against athletes from other countries.
One of the famous athletes who will start at Emil Open in Brno in June will be the thrower Kateřina Nováková. Last year, she had the unique chance to train with the javelin throw world record holder Jan Železný.
No chance to get bored in Brno! You can find out yourself soon in our new Emil Open 2017 videos.
Only one month remains to the start of the 6th European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open and the preparation goes in full speed.
It is already less than 30 days until we all meet at the European Youth games for Disabled Emil Open 2017.
You can enter all details about your team´s transport to and from Emil Open. Deadline is 18.5.2017.
The organisers of the Emil Open and European Minifootball Championship had decided to cooperate and on April 26th signed a Memorandum of Cooperation.
In order to help the athletes’ dreams come true, we need your help. We have started a campaign at the crowd funding portal hithit.cz where you can support Emil Open and choose from a wide range of attractive rewards.
From now on you can start choosing your accommodation. The registration works like an e-shop - "first come, first served"... So, do not put allocating rooms off.
We need you! Help us and become the European Youth Games for Disabled Emil Open 2017 volunteer!
Gold swimmer from the last year's Paralympic Games in Brazil Arnošt Petráček will be one of the biggest stars of the upcoming European Youth Games for the Disabled „Emil Open“ in Brno in June.
Since April 3rd you can enter your athletes for concrete sports. You are be able to do so in the Entry System on www.emilopen.cz/entries in the section "Sport Entries".
Check out the promotion video of the 6th European Youth Games for the Disabled Emil Open.
The FINAL ENTRIES (entries by name) are open now till 20.4.2017! You can start entering concrete athletes and staff. No time to waste because Emil Open is round the corner!
Sport schedule for Emil Open is here! You can find it on emilopen.cz/entries and in your mailbox if you have already submitted your entry.