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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 (Last update: Feb 15)

We invite all our judoka and coaches present in NL to attend the divisioning workshop on friday, 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!


Friday, April 12 (Divisioning and seminars)
13:00 Venue opens
13:00 Weigh-in session 1
14:00 Start Divisioning
14:45 Pause and weigh-in session 2
15:00 Divisioning (continued)
15:45 End of Divisioning and pause
16:00 Referee and Coaches course (On tatami, please wear Judo Gi)
16:00 Weigh-in session 3
17:00 End
Saturday, April 13 (SNWJG)
07:30 Venue opens
08:00-08:30 Weigh-in of remaining judoka
09:00 Opening tournament
09:02 Start Special Needs World Judo Games
11:45 Medal ceremony followed by intermission
Saturday, April 13 (SNWJG KATA)
12:45 Opening SNWJG Kata tournament
12:47 SNWJG Kata
15:30 Medal ceremony
Saturday, April 13 (Assumburg Castle)
19:00 Dinner for all guests in Assumburg
20:00 Party!
Sunday, April 14 (BENG!)
08:00 Venue opens
09:45 Referee briefing (please gather in restaurant)
10:00 Warming-up by Marvin de la Croes
10:30 Opening part 1
10:35 Start BENG!
12:00 Lunch and music by Ladies Band 3igenwijs
12:50 Opening part 2
13:00 Start BENG!
14:45 Award ceremony for Ben van der Eng Award (Judoka of the Year)
Followed by medal ceremony
16:30 The End

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!

How to get to the shuttle service?

Schiphol Airport is not allowing us to stop for any time at the terminal anymore, due to renovations. The red/white cube that used to serve as the Meeting Point has been removed. Therefore, we would like you to go to the Burger King on Schiphol Plaza, where our people will wait for you.

Some notes:

  • Do not go outside. Stay at the meeting point. One of our coordinators will wait for you.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES respond to “taxi” drivers. These people run an illegal scam, and you will not end up where we would like you to go, and it may cost you a lot of money.
  • The Schiphol Plaza is an extremely busy place and it is very important to stay together.
  • You will only be picked up if arranged with the Logistics Coordinator.
  • It is most important that we know your flight schedule. Therefore please enter your details in the subscription form, or email Logistics about it later. We will remind you several times through the website to do this.
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 10 Euros p/p. This will allow you to use the service during the whole weekend. You will have to book this through the booking form. Please note that the shuttle service is not a taxi service, and it drives only the fixed routes listed above.
The 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 2019, your shuttle will go away, you may end up at the tournament too late and be unable to take part. We cannot take responsibility for not showing up at the agreed time.


Finance and payments

Event fees

Event Fee
Special Needs World Judo Games, Saturday morning, April 14th 10,00 euros
Special Needs World Judo Games Kata Tournament, Saturday afternoon, April 14th 15,00 euros per couple
Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament (BENG!), Sunday April 15th 7,50 euros
Participation fee includes a t-shirt per competitor and a lunch package on competition day.
Shuttle transport is 10,00 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. We can also handle credit cards.


How to sign up for the tournament

Download the application form HERE. Complete it, and email it to
Please do this before March 16, 2019. In order to avoid trouble, download the form first and then complete it.

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 16, 2019.



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.

If you want to book Assumburg Castle, please CALL THEM and tell them you are part of the April Judo tournament. The Castle’s phone number is +31 251 232 288

Of course, if you have your own means of traveling, there are no 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.


The castle is adjacent to a road that is under maintenance for the whole of 2019, however can still be reached.


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. This is relevant up until (about) the beginning of February. After that date, the procedure takes too long and you will not be in time.


Contact Information

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

Tournament administration (Christel Mulder) For all questions regarding the tournament, payments, signing up, etc
Chief Referee (Jenny Koster) Responsible for all referee-related matters
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.

BXXI? Beverwijk? OBG? SNWJG, BENG??

Our tournament had many names throughout the years. BXXI stands for Beverwijk-XXI (21 in Roman numberals). OBG is the very old name some people still use. SNWJG is the newest name: Special Needs World Judo Games. BENG is the grand Judo fest that traditionally takes place on the Sunday. The tournament as a whole is 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. When early transport is arranged, we expect you to adhere to the instructions of our Logistics people, i.e. if you agree to leave on 17:00 then our shuttles are ready at that exact moment, and there is no time to do group pictures, have another coffee, etc.

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 implicitly agree to having your picture and/or taken by the SNJF’s official media team. 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 media team to single out people who do not want their picture taken, so we will not offer that option. Dutch legislation gives you the right to request removal (or at least blurring) of a picture of yourself and/or your underage children.

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
Instagram, tournament hashtag channel #BWXXI
Facebook, main channel Click HERE