The European Athletics Young Leaders Community is a platform for active young people who are interested in developing work and life skills, community service and making new friends.
It is driven by its members with support from European Athletics, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the national athletics federations in the 50 countries of Europe.
The aim is to use modern communications and social media tools to encourage volunteering and grassroots projects that promote athletics and help to prepare the sport’s next generation of leaders.
The Community’s website provides a unique look at the great work that young people are doing for athletics all over Europe.
Young Leaders Forum
Every two years the Community’s focus turns to the European Athletics-UNESCO Young Leaders Forum, which is staged in conjunction with the European Athletics Championships.
In 2014 the fourth edition of the Forum in Zurich drew 65 participants from 45 countries to exchange ideas about the planning of local projects and hear inspirational speakers including athletics icon Sebastian Coe and European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz.
The next European Athletics-UNESCO Young Leaders Forum will be held on the occasion of the Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships.