About ICG

The first International Children's Games

The first International Children's Games took place in Celje, Slovenia in 1968 at the height of the Cold War and more than 40 years later the vision the founding fathers had for the event has become firmly established.

The Games were the brainchild of physical education teacher Professor Metod Klemenc, a Yugoslavian who had suffered enormously as a youngster during the Second World War and it was a suffering he did not want future generations to have to endure.

It was his vision to create an event fostering a better understanding among children of different cultural backgrounds, as well as promoting peace and harmony worldwide which led to the inaugural Games being held in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia.

The ICG are now governed by an Executive Committee, Committee and General Assembly recognised by the International Olympics Committee.

The Games have attracted over 35,200 participants representing 332 cities from 74 countries over 4 continents and is now believed to be the largest gathering of young people taking part in sport in the world.

Legacy Plan

Lanarkshire is the first host city of the International Children's Games to have a Legacy Plan for the Games, to set out our objectives and commitment to promote the goals of the ICG, maximise the social and economic benefits and take responsibility for environmental impacts.

You can download the ICG Lanarkshire 2011 Legacy Plan in PDF format.

ICG Executive

The International Children's Games are an alliance of cities organisations and individuals who pursue the common goal of forming nation-linking friendship through the exercising of sports and the arranging of sports competitions.