The European Youth Championships have a long and rich history! 

Since the very beginning of the championships, the athletes must be maximum 18 years of age, while there is no lowest age limit. 

The first edition of the European Youth Championships was conducted in 1972 in London, England with 7 federations taking part.

Until 2004 the championships was conducted every second year; as of 2004 every year. At the first three editions (1972, 1974 and 1976) girls and boys was together on mixed teams, while the two genders had each their teams and competitions as of 1978. Until 2008 each team consisted of 6 young athletes, while each team have consisted of 4 young athletes since 2009. In 1972 the athletes competed in Mixed Doubles, Mixed Trios, Mixed Team of Five and Mixed Masters, while the athletes in 1974 and 1976 competed in in Mixed Doubles, Mixed Team of Five Mixed Masters.

In 1978 and 1980 both genders competed in Doubles, Team of Five and Masters, while both gender’s in the championships conducted 1982-2000 competed in Doubles, Trios, Team of Five and Masters. In the championships conducted 2002-2008 both genders competed in Doubles, Trios, Team of Five, All Event and Masters. As of 2009 Singles, Doubles, Team of Four, All Event and Masters have been the disciplines in the competitions for both genders.

To learn more about all previous championships and medal winners, visit etbf.eu/his-eur-eyc-history