Volkssporting began in Germany in 1968 as an alternative to increasing competitive running events. The Internationaler Volkssportverband (IVV) believes everyone should be encouraged to exercise, regardless of whether they go home with a ribbon or a gold medal. Today there are over 40 countries with clubs that are members of the IVV. For more information visit www.ivv-web.org.
In Canada, CVF/FCV administers the IVV program. It was formed in 1987 and is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers, aided by provincial organizations and member clubs that organize the Volkssport events nation-wide. CVF’s goal is to promote good healthy and physical fitness by encouraging all people to enjoy outdoor exercise in pleasant stress-free settings. CVF/FCV presently has 27 member clubs, three regional associations and five Affiliate Member Clubs. For more information visit www.walks.ca.
The VABC, formed in 1990, is responsible for coordinating all events put on by B.C. clubs. It also encourages the expansion of Volkssporting throughout B.C. The VABC presently has seven member clubs and one Affiliate Club. For more information about Volkssporting in B.C, visit the VABC web site: www.volkssportingbc.ca.