Youth trains for the Olympics & Paralympics

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The national school competition for young people trained for the Olympics & Paralympics is the world's largest school sports competition with around 800,000 students taking part each year . The best schools in Germany are determined in 21 sports every year at the national finals. The German School Sports Foundation (DSSS) promotes extracurricular school sports and has been the sponsor and organizer of the nationwide school competition of "Youth Trained" since it was founded in 1999.

Youth trains for the Olympics


The school sport competition Jugend trained für Olympia was launched in 1969 by Stern magazine and institutionalized in the same year through an agreement between the federal government, the federal states, the German Sports Association (DSB), the professional associations and the German Sports Aid .

The 16 ministries of culture of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and its participating sports associations are now responsible for the national school competition under the umbrella of the German School Sports Foundation . The current Federal President has the patronage . The governing mayor of Berlin is the patron of the two final events in Berlin, and the minister responsible for school sports in the respective host country for the winter finale.

Federal competition

The main goal is to identify and promote athletic talent and to convey Olympic values ​​such as fairness, team spirit and motivation.

The school team competition “Youth trains” is based on a nationwide competition system. As a team competition, it is open to all schools in the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany. Participation is voluntary, but only possible in school teams. The competition is divided into competition classes according to age groups and distinguishes between a standard program and a supplementary program.

In the standard program, the competition leads over several levels up to the national finals. The respective state winners from the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany are entitled to start at the federal final. The supplementary program usually includes the competition classes of the sports in the standard program that do not lead to the national finals.

The competition offer is advertised anew every year. It is currently carried out - mostly separated into boys and girls - in five age groups of the 19 sports:

Badminton , basketball , beach volleyball , soccer , gymnastics , golf , handball , hockey , judo , athletics , rowing , swimming , alpine skiing , cross-country skiing , ski jumping , tennis , table tennis , triathlon , volleyball

Three national finals are held every year:

Spring finals (Berlin)

  • Badminton, basketball, gymnastics, handball, table tennis, volleyball

Autumn finals (Berlin)

  • Beach volleyball, soccer, golf, hockey, judo, athletics, rowing, swimming, tennis, triathlon

Winter finals (2019 in Nesselwang )

  • Cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and ski jumping

In addition to the 19 sports mentioned above, the following sports in particular are offered in school sports competitions until the state winners are determined: speed skating , fencing , canoeing , rhythmic gymnastics , wrestling , tobogganing , snowboarding and sailing / surfing .

Youth trains for Paralympics


In 2010, the education ministries of nine federal states declared themselves to be a test run for youth trained for Paralympics (JTFP). In June 2010 the first pilot event of the national JTFP competition took place in the SportCentrum Kamen-Kaiserau and should be continued in the future at the suggestion of the Sport Commission of the Conference of Ministers of Education.

Since 2012, the JTFP competition based on the youth training for the Olympics (JTFO) school sports competition has been announced annually for school teams from all 16 federal states by resolution of the board of directors of the German School Sports Foundation.

The 1st national final of youth trained for Paralympics took place from May 10th to 13th, 2012 in Berlin and in the Kienbaum National Training Center. The Federal President was and is the patron of the national competition. The federal final was organized by the German School Sports Foundation and the German Disabled Sports Association and hosted by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science in Berlin and the German Disabled Sports Youth . The final event of youth trained for the Olympics in the Max-Schmeling-Halle served as the opening ceremony of the 1st national final of youth trained for Paralympics. This was the first step on the way to an inclusive event format, which was implemented in the following year.

Since 2013, the three federal final events of youth trained for the Olympics and youth trained for Paralympics have been held at the same time in winter, spring and autumn and often at the same competition venues, or at least in the same place.

Federal competition

The Federal Youth Training Competition for Paralympics (JTFP) is a school team competition in which all 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany can take part.

Federal finals are currently taking place for schoolchildren with the following funding priorities:

  • Physical and motor development (handicapped people) : Para-athletics, para-swimming, wheelchair basketball and para-table tennis
  • Sight (blind and visually impaired) : Goalball and Para-Ski Nordic
  • Mental development (mentally handicapped): Football ID and Para-Ski Nordic

Eligible are teams from special schools with this special focus and teams that are formed from several schools if, according to the respective state specifications, e.g. B. work as integration schools or within the framework of the concept of inclusion and meet the requirements for participation.


Since 2004, top athletes, including many former JTFO participants, have sponsored individual sports, for example David Storl (athletics), Natascha Keller (hockey), Timo Boll (table tennis).

The 1976 youth stamps of the German Federal Post Office in Berlin had the topic of youth trained for the Olympics.

Since February 21, 2019 there is a new joint logo for youth trained for the Olympics & Paralympics. In the 2019/20 school year, youth training for the Olympics will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

See also

Web links

Commons : Youth trains for the Olympics  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ German School Sports Foundation: Structure youth trains . In: Youth trains . ( [accessed November 9, 2018]).
  2. German School Sports Foundation: Winter finals 2019 . In: Youth trains . ( [accessed November 9, 2018]).