On these Greek Islands, Swordplay is Child’s Play this Winter
01 October 2020

On the Greek islands of Agios Efstratios, Kasos and Tilos, children stand facing each other, each armed with a sword.

They’re having a blast, learning to fence as part of a program that will have them trading their harmless swords for badminton racquets and again for pétanque balls. Once again, starting in October and for the 10 months that follow, the Sports Paths program is inviting children from six remote Greek islands to get active while learning new sports activities.

Every day after school, kids ages 5 to 17 meet specially trained physical education teachers to learn fencing, handball, swimming, and chess and participate in creative games. The aim of the program is to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of children living on remote Greek islands by offering fun sports education.

Sports Paths began in the summer of 2015 with exclusive support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and is designed and implemented by the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress under the guidance of the 1st Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Athens University Medical School. Since 2015, more than 4,000 children from 27 islands have participated in the program.