European Panna Tour

European Panna Tour

Panna is a new freestyle street sport that rolls football, aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics and a fun show all into one.

European Panna Tour

The European Panna Tour was new to the NowWeMOVE campaign in 2015 and showcased some of Europe's most exciting panna players on city squares across Europe. The tour started in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 22 May and the players traveled through Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Skopje, Thessaloniki, Plovdiv and Pitesti on the way to their final stop, Budapest, to promote this new trend in physical activity.

Panna is a new freestyle street sport that rolls football, aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics and a fun show all into one. The tour will feature demonstrations of the sport followed by free coaching sessions inviting the audience to learn tips and tricks from the experts.

What is PANNA?

Panna or nutmeg (sometimes just "meg" or "tunnel" as well) is a technique used in association football, field hockey or basketball, in which a player rolls or throws the ball between an opponent's legs (feet). The aim of the game is to beat your opponent by scoring more goals or ultimately playing the ball through the opponent's legs, otherwise known as a PANNA.

Panna one vs one (1 vs 1):

Performed in round pitch of 6m diameter and games are of 3 minutes. Opponents in the field play one versus one. The ball is thrown by a referee and game can be won either on points (who scores more goals) or making a panna to the opponent player.

Panna two vs two plyers (2 vs 2):

Oval pitch of 6m x 9m and games of 4 minutes. The ball is thrown by a referee. A correct panna in 2vs2 variation is to play the ball intentionally between the legs of your opponent and to control the ball again (get the ball back). This can be done by either of the team mates.

Panna has been formed with its rules in Surinam (a country from Latin America) in the year 2007 but has gained biggest popularity in Netherlands, where it adopted its final essence. "Panna" is used in Western Europe and Africa. The name itself derives from Surinam. It has different names in different countries - In England the name is "Nutmeg", in Scotland - "peg", in Germany - "Tunnel", in Turkey - "Be┼čik", in France - "Petit pont" and in Bulgaria - "Kracholche" (Little Leg).

The story of the name "Nutmeg", which is used in England, is interesting. The origin of the word is arguable. Some people think that the term was used for the first time in the novel "A Bad Lot" by Brian Glenville. In the book "Over the Moon, Brian - The Language of Football" by Alex Leet it is said: "the testicles of the player, between whose legs the ball passes, are called "nuts" and Nutmeg derives from this conception".

European Panna Tour & NowWeMOVE

European Panna Tour is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign

The European Panna Tour was new to the NowWeMOVE campaign in 2015. NowWeMOVE's overall objectives are to raise awareness of the benefits of sport and physical activity among European citizens; promote opportunities to be active in sport and physical activity; and enable sustainable and innovative capacity building for providers of physical activity initiatives through open-source solutions and advocacy.

European Panna Tour & ISCA

The European Panna Tour was new to the NowWeMOVE campaign in 2015. ISCA launched the NowWeMOVE campaign in 2012, with the aim of bringing the sport for all sector and a variety of other sectors together to tackle the physical inactivity epidemic across Europe. ISCA is a global platform open to organisations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity.

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