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Dates, times and a tentative schedule
Location, travel and shuttle service (modified 14/01)
Finance and payments
How to sign up for the tournament
Sleeping arrangements
Rules and Regulations for the Judo tournament
Rules and Regulations for the Kata tournament
If you need a visa to come to The Netherlands
Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions


Dates, times and tentative schedule


Friday evening april 13th 2018
15:00 – 17:00 Divisioning workshop (English spoken)

We invite all our judoka and coaches present in NL to attend this workshop, especially the judoka that did not participate in our tournament before, as we will do their actual divisioning during this workshop. Please wear your Gi, it is very interactive!

15:00 – 18:00 Referee, Rules and Regulations seminar (English spoken)
17:00 – 18:00 Weigh-in for judoka already present
Saturday april 14th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
08:00 – 08:30 Weigh-in for remaining judoka
09:00 – 12:00 Special Needs World Judo Games 2018
Levels 1-3
13:00 – 17:00 SNWJG Kata Tournament
17:00 – 18:00 Coach workshop (Come in Gi!)
20:00 – 23:00 Party in Assumburg Castle
Sunday april 15th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
09:00 – 12:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, morning session
Levels 1-5, judoka under 16yrs
12:30 – 13:30 Intermission, with the ladies band 3eigenwijs!
13:30 – 17:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, afternoon session
Levels 1-5, judoka 16yrs and older
On Saturday, people who do not participate in the contest can be transported by one of our shuttles to the Beverwijk Bazaar (link in Dutch) where you can have fun and maybe score some cheap bargains! The trip costs 2 Euros vice versa, to be paid to the driver.Pickup will take place at about 17:00 in an agreed spot.


On friday evening, a seminar will be arranged for the referees about the current rules. More details on this later.


Location, travel and shuttle service



Sporthal De Walvis, Van Loenenlaan 1, 1945 TB Beverwijk, The Netherlands


By train
The venue is a 25-minute walk away from NS Station Beverwijk. No international trains stop at Beverwijk Station. For that you will have to go through NS Amsterdam Central Station and then to Beverwijk. Our shuttle service does not cover the train station. Please note: we do not recommend traveling by train as, we are sorry to say, Dutch train services are not very reliable.
By air
Schiphol Airport is about 30-45 minutes away, depending on traffic.
If you travel by air and want to be picked up, we need your flight details at least one week before the flight. If you cannot yet complete this information on your entry form, then please make sure you convey it to our Logistics Coordinator as soon as possible.
By ferry
TIP: If you travel from the Northern UK or Scotland, the DFDS Ferry Newcastle-IJmuiden may be an option for you! The ferry docks at about 10:00 in the morning in IJmuiden, so you may need to come in a day early.
The venue is about a 15 minute-drive away from the Felison Ferry Terminal. As with air travel, if you need to be picked up from the Ferry Terminal then contact our Logistics Coordinator!

Shuttle service

How to get to the shuttle service? (as per January 14)

We are currently devising a way to pick you up in a proper way. Schiphol Airport is not allowing us to stop for any time at the terminal anymore, due to renovations. Even so, we would like you to go to the Central Meeting Point (See the picture, it is the big red cube) and you will be picked up from there. Some notes:
– Do not go outside. Stay at the meeting point. One of our coordinators will wait for you.
– DO NOT respond to “taxi” drivers. These people run an illegal scam, and you will not end up where we would like you to go.
– The Schiphol Plaza is a very busy place and it is important to stay together.

The meeting point is easily recognisable.

Our shuttles only run on the following routes
Shuttle service Dates
From Schiphol Airport to De Walvis and back April 13, 14 and 15
From De Walvis to and from our recommended sleeping locations and back April 14 and 15
There is a shuttle available on Monday the 16th of April for people leaving on Monday, but it is very important to arrange this with the Logistics Coordinator.
The cost for the shuttle is 5 Euros p/p. This will allow you to use the service during the weekend. You will have to book this through the booking form. Please note that the shuttle service is not a taxi service, and drives only the fixed routes listed above.
SHUTTLE PROCEDUREThe driver will bring you to your sleeping venue, and will then agree upon a collection time for the next morning with you. Please, be punctual! We cannot wait longer than 5 minutes, as our pickup schedule is extremely tight. In previous years, our driver actually had to wake people up. This will not happen in 2018, and your shuttle will go away.


Finance and payments

Event fees

Event Fee
Special Needs World Judo Games, Saturday morning, April 14th € 10,- per judoka
Special Needs World Judo Games Kata Tournament, Saturday afternoon, April 14th € 15,- per couple
Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament (BENG!), Sunday April 15th € 5,- per judoka
Participation fee includes a t-shirt per competitor and a lunch package on competition day
Shuttle transport is 5 euros per person. This will allow you to travel by shuttle during the weekend.

Bank information

All fees are to be transferred to
IBAN NL42 ABNA 0504 1510 96
For attention of Special Needs Judo Foundation
Please mention your club name in the transfer details
Bank address ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
1082 PP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Want to pay cash?

We know that transferring money from abroad can be troublesome, and sometimes even expensive. You can pay cash, on your tournament day, at the Tournament Control table.


How to sign up for the tournament

Download the application form HERE. Complete it, and email it to
Please do this before March 23, 2018.

Age and level restrictions

– The SNWJG tournament on Saturday morning is for Levels 1-3, minimum age is 16.
– The SNWJG Kata tournament on Saturday afternoon is for all levels, no age restriction.
= The Ben van der Eng Memorial tournament on Sunday is for all ages, all levels. Morning session is for ages up to 16, afternoon session is for ages 16 and older.

Please note: ONLY applications through the application form will be accepted. Please DO NOT try to apply using e-mail, WhatsApp, Facebook or SMS.

Closing date for registration is March 23, 2018.



Sleeping arrangements


You must make your own sleeping arrangements. There are a number of recommended sleeping locations. Assumburg Castle, our headquarters, is always booked full early but please try this first as the availability varies from day to day. If you cannot find a room in one of our recommended hotels, please contact our logistics coordinator first. It is quite impossible for our extremely busy shuttle service to pick up people from Noordwijk, Egmond, Castricum or Haarlem- because it is simply too far away.
Therefore, again: please DO NOT book any venue outside the recommended places without first discussing the location with our Logistics Coordinator.

Of course, if you have your own means of traveling, there are no such restrictions and you can stay wherever you like.

The recommended hotel locations can be found through THIS link.


One piece of advice: Please DO NOT book through or any other booking site. Instead, try to call the hotel. They may have much better offers for you and you will find that they probably have space left for you even though the booking site says the hotel is fully booked.

Rules and regulations for the Judo tournament

Download the Rules and Regulations document here.
Additional rules:

  • We do NOT allow blue Judo gi in any competition. Therefore, please ask your judoka to bring WHITE GI.
  • Minimum age for the SNWJG tournament on Saturday morning is 16.

If you are staying for a longer period

If you come from further away or you simply wish to stay for a longer period prior to the tournament, we do not recommend staying in Beverwijk. In such a case, please contact Tycho van der Werff, as we may need to make other arrangements for you and he can give you some advice on the matter.

Suggestion: Maybe you would like to participate in the SNJF Judo training with Tycho and his team on the Wednesday before the tournament? No problem, as long as you arrange it beforehand with Tycho van der Werff.


Rules and regulations for the Kata tournament

Download the Kata rules document here.
In accordance with Kata rules, blue gi are explicitly forbidden.


If you need a visa to come to The Netherlands

People from certain countries need a visa to come to The Netherlands. We can help to some extent with this, but the rules are very strict. Please click HERE for more information.


Contact Information

Here is a list of the relevant SNJF officials and their email addresses.

Chief Referee (Jenny Koster)jennykoster@ziggo.nlResponsible for all referee-related matters

Tournament administration (Christel Mulder) For all questions regarding the tournament, payments, signing up, etc
Technical questions (Tycho van der Werff) For all Judo-related questions like divisioning, rules, etc.
Logistics Coordinator (Piet Vittali) For all questions regarding sleeping arrangements, travel, etc.
Public Relations/Webmaster (Bob Lefevere) Contact email for Press, Photography, Radio, TV and other media


Frequently Asked Questions

Is SNWJG a World Championship?

No, not at all. The term “world” in the name is based on the ambition of the organisation to invite the whole world of Special Needs judoka as our guest, without making a preselection.

Why is the BENG tournament held in two sessions?

The attention span of some of our participants is very limited. Therefore, we limit the duration of one session to a maximum of 2-2,5 hours to avoid any distress. The large amount of tatami is also designed to limit the duration of a poule.

BXX? Beverwijk? OBG? SNWJG, BENG??

Our tournament had many names throughout the years. BXX stands for Beverwijk-XX (20 in Roman numberals). OBG is the very old name some people still use. SNWJG is the newest name: Special Needs World Judo Games. and BENG.. BENG is also called the Ben van der ENG Memorial Tournament. It is named after our late chairman, Ben van der Eng who was one of the founding fathers of Special Needs Judo in this world.

When should I book my flight?

If you only arrive on your tournament day, you have a very, very busy day ahead and maybe that takes away some of the fun. So we think it is better to arrive a day earlier, and come to De Walvis at your leisure. The same goes for leaving on Sunday: Do not take too early a flight back. You have to be at Schiphol Airport two hours in advance, and the drive to Schiphol may take 45-60 minutes, all of which is a very stressful experience. We will do our best (And we usually succeed) to finish the tournament at about 17:30. A flight back could then start at 20:00. If you really have to go early then contact our logistics coordinator and transport will be arranged. Please note: SNJF will do the utmost to transport you to your flight or shipping as early as possible but we do not accept responsibility for late arrival, or its consequences.

I come to the Netherlands by DFDS ferry. What are the things I should take care of?

Please note that the ferry only docks at 10:00 at the Felison Terminal and that you probably debark at 10:30. The drive to the venue is only 15 minutes, with good navigation.
However, note that the tournament already begins at 09:00. It would therefore be wise to come in a day early.

I will arrive on Friday. What are the things I can do?

Obviously there is Amsterdam you can go to, with all the tourist attractions. But the IJmond region (The cities of Beverwijk, Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden) also have really nice things to do. Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden have great beaches to take a stroll, with very good restaurants. Maybe you could even arrange an afternoon of blokarting, there are several schools in the area.

Will there be photos taken by the organisation?

Yes, absolutely. By taking part in the tournament or the other activities, you explicitly agree to having your picture taken by the SNJF’s official photographer. These photos and videos will be published on this website. If you do not want your picture published, then you can request removal from the photo website, and we will always oblige. However, with hundreds of participants it is quite impossible for the photographer to single out people who do not want their picture taken.

I would like to make photos during the SNWJG tournament

This is, to some extent, possible. You will have to email our PR contact, as there are some rules you will have to adhere to. Also, we will only allow a limited number of photographers near the contest area. Photography during the BENG tournament is allowed for everybody. Mat access is limited to the principal photographers.

How to follow the tournament through other media?

The SNJF sends out information through all sorts of media. Here is an overview:

Twitter, main channel @snjudonl
Twitter, tournament hashtag channel #BWXX
Facebook, main channel Click HERE