A 4-day Young Leaders Forum will start tomorrow on the sidelines of the 2018 Berlin European Athletics Championships to give active young professionals in sport a chance to network, develop work and life skills, and apply best practices in their own communities upon returning home.
The participants of the 9-12 August forum are young leaders from the European Athletics’ 51 Member Federations. They will take part in plenary sessions and breakout sessions on topics such as anti-doping, competition, gender equity, networking, health and wellbeing, inclusion, leadership programmes, personal development, project management, youth advocacy, influencing and policymaking.
Organised by young leaders themselves, the forum promises to maximise sharing and emphasize collaboration. Daily team challenges have been included to the agenda to keep things lively and fun, while European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Seb Coe will be on hand to speak to the participants.
The speeches and other parts of the forum will be streamed live on Facebook here. Tune in to Facebook at 9.00am (Berlin time) on 9 August to see European Athletics President Hansen provide the welcome address at the Forum and at 4.00pm the same day to watch IAAF President Coe give his thoughts on the Young Leader Forum and athletics in general.
The sessions have been developed to inspire the delegates and motivate them to try new things in their athletics communities, as well as encourage active dialogue.
The Young Leaders’ mission is to promote volunteer work and projects in athletics in order to help members develop themselves and make valuable contributions to sport and their local communities.
The community is driven by its members with support from European Athletics, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the Member Federations of European Athletics.
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.