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The Alliance of Individual Sports Federations

Gjensidige is the main sponsor of the Alliance of Individual Sports Federations (SFA), which consists of 15 small, medium and large individual sports federations covering a total of 39 sports. Through this cooperation, we want to support recreational and elite sport in niche Norwegian sports.

Read more about the different individual sports federations that make up the alliance here.

The Norwegian Badminton Association

The Norwegian Badminton Association (NBF) was established in 1938 and is the governing body for all the affiliated clubs. NBF has today approx. 5,600 members in 124 clubs, divided into 9 districts. The badminton association organises elite and recreational sports for children, adolescents and adults, and is responsible for organising badminton activities for people with different functional impairments.

Norway's Bandy Association

Bandy is Norway's third biggest team sport after football and handball. Norway's Bandy Association (NBF) has 28,000 members, of which 10,000 are registered players of 13 years or older.

The Norwegian Basketball Association

The Norwegian Basketball Association (NBBF) was established in 1968 and has just under 11,000 members in 131 clubs, divided into 5 regions. NBBF's mantra is ‘Basketball is more than a sport’, and our values are ‘inclusive, fun and goal-oriented’. The Norwegian Basketball Association organises elite and recreational sports for children, adolescents and adults, and is responsible for organising basketball activities for people with different functional impairments (wheelchair basketball).

Norwegian Billiards Federation

Billiards is a big sport internationally, but the sport remains small in Norway. The Norwegian Billiards Federation has approx. 2,500 members in 43 clubs across Norway, which engage in the three types of billiards Carambole, Pool and Snooker. Pool is the type most widely practised in Norway – also to a great extent as a non-organised activity. 

The Norwegian Table Tennis Association

The International Table Tennis Association, of which the Norwegian Table Tennis Association is a member, has 226 member countries. Table tennis is the world’s most played sport. The Norwegian Table Tennis Association has approx. 5,000 members in 111 clubs, but table tennis is also a very popular sport in schools, in many companies, in parks and at youth clubs. Table tennis is also a big sport for disabled people, and Norwegian table tennis is proud to have won many medals in the Paralympics, World Championships and European Championships.

The Norwegian Boxing Federation

The Norwegian Boxing Federation has 4,500 members in 72 clubs across Norway. The federation organised its first Norwegian Championship already in 1909 and 14 of its boxers participated in the Olympics in 1920. The first Norwegian to win an Olympic gold medal was Otto Von Porat in the heavyweight category in 1924.

The Norwegian Bowling Federation

The Norwegian Bowling Federation (NBF) was established in 1962 and is responsible for organising all bowling events. The NBF has approx. 2,000 registered players, who play in a league among other things. The league has three divisions, where the top division is national. In addition, veteran league matches and hundreds of time-limited tournaments take place each year. The NBF has different national teams, from junior to veteran, which annually take part in international championships. Norwegian bowling also organises activities for the hard of hearing and for people with physical and mental challenges. Bowling is not an Olympic sport; but it is the largest international sport that is not an Olympic sport.

World Archery Norway

World Archery Norway was founded in 1948 and has, relatively speaking, developed into one of the most active individual sports federations. Of the approx. 3,500 members, more than 1,100 archers participate in more than 250 competitions each year. The sport is represented in all the counties in Norway and there are more than 100 clubs.

The Norwegian Dance Federation

The Norwegian Dance Federation has 15,000 members in 120 clubs. The federation organises genres such as Jazz, Modern, Swing, Standard, Latin, Hip Hop, Break, Sportsdrill, Linedance, Salsa, Disco, Freestyle and Rock ’n’ Roll. More than fifteen different Norwegian dance championships are held every year. Norwegian dancers lead the field in various genres worldwide, and the Norwegian Dance Federation is the Norwegian sport that has won the most European and world championship medals in recent years. 

The Norwegian Fencing Federation

The Norwegian Fencing Federation (NF) was established in 1911, and is one of the oldest individual sports federations in NIF. The Norwegian Fencing Federation has 1,600 active members in 27 clubs. NF is one of the smallest sports federations, but has achieved good international results. Fencing has been part of the Olympic programme since the modern Olympic games started in Athens in 1896, and Norway won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in London 2012. 

Norwegian Gymnastics Federation

The Norwegian Gymnastics Federation has over 104,000 members and is the oldest individual sport federation in Norway. The federation organises competitive and recreational activities for children, adolescents and adults, and is responsible for organising a wide range of activities for disabled persons. The federation bases its work on the idea ‘Gymnastics forms the foundation’. 

The Norwegian Climbing Federation

The Norwegian Climbing Federation has 20,000 members in 200 clubs across Norway. The federation is growing rapidly, and it is actually the fourth quickest growing sports federation in Norway. Its aim is to promote climbing in Norway and to represent the sport internationally. The sport shall develop in a safe manner, in line with environmental and conservationist concerns. All activity must be based on values such as joy of sport, community, health and honesty. The vision ‘low threshold, high goals’ is intended to give a broader and more inclusive approach to the sport, in addition to increasing the club's ability to aim higher.

The Norwegian Shooting Association

The Norwegian Shooting Association has 33,000 members in 525 clubs. The association organises four activities: rifle, pistol, clay pigeon and running target. With the mantra ‘lifelong joy of shooting’, the association shall continue to develop shooting as an attractive, safe and healthy sport, comprising both recreational and elite activities.

The Norwegian University Sports Federation

The Norwegian University Sports Federation is the second biggest individual sport association in Norway for people aged between 20 and 25, with more than 36,000 active members in total. Around one in eight students in Norway actively participates in a student sport club. Based on the idea ‘healthy body, healthy mind’, the student associations contribute to social and physically active daily lives for students across Norway.

The Norwegian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation

The Norwegian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federtion is an individual sport federation with just over 2,000 members in 20 clubs. The activity consists of the sports water skiing, barefoot skiing, boat wakeboarding and cable wakeboarding and is practised by both able-bodied people and disabled people of all ages. Although it is a small sport in Norway, it is big internationally. The association's mantra is ‘Fun in water!’.