EGC Mission Statement
Thank you for visiting the site of the European Games Commission (EGC)! The EGC is an independent organisation that mainly focuses on the development Stratego by organising tournaments in as much countries in Europe as possible. We would like to build National Stratego Organisations there to reach our main goal: becoming an Olympic sport. To accomplish this, we will need to have official registered Stratego organisations in 18 countries, which will consist of at least 200 players each. Unfortunately, at this moment Stratego is too small to earn official recognition.
We are planning to organise Stratego tournaments during big events like Mind Sports Olympiads, and local Stratego clubs, and link Stratego to other small mind sports and/or types of games like war games. Players are travelling to various countries in small groups, and we are having a lot of fun! EGC likes to cooperate with organisations that are close to us. This also includes (future) sponsors.
The fact that Stratego is not in the name of EGC is because we support other games and game events as well. This way we hope to interest small organisations to cooperate with us, because together we might get international recognition for Stratego as well as for other games. We would like to tell you about some initiatives by organisations that we are already cooperating with. One initiative is undertaken in Ukraine (Rivne and Kostopil). This organisation involves all kinds of Mind Sports, large ones and small ones, with the idea to integrate these games/sports into the local school programme. The philosophy is that children will be inspired develop in a creative way, while the children are having a lot of fun. A second example is an initiative of the Hellas Stratego Federation(HFS), which is a full member of EGC. It succeeded to integrate Stratego officially in schools and set school tournaments that it will organize under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education (see official document on the Greek Page).
What does the structure of our organisation look like? It has board that is taking care of the daily issues and policy of EGC, which should lead to the realisation of the goals that we earlier described. The board consists of three members: Pim Niemeijer from the Netherlands (secretary), Stavros Sekertzis from Greece (treasurer) also responsible for counrty development in Medeterranian countries and the Games Comission Middle East (GCME), and Mark Kunin (chairman). He is representing Ukraine. The EGC itself currently consists of five member countries: Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belgium, and France. We are also in close contact with Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Czech Republic, Kenya, and The Netherlands.
The board members will support people in Europe and other countries of the world wherever they can. Those who support the ideas that we earlier described, and wish to build them with us in reality are welcome to join us. If you do, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to cooperate with you!
Best regards from the EGC board and its members,