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The European Athletics Young Leaders Forum has been organised every two years since 2010

The European Athletics Young Leaders Community is a platform for young people who are interested in developing work and life skills, community service and making new friends within athletics.

It is driven by its members with support from European Athletics and its 51 Member Federations.

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 Facebook page provides a unique look at the great work that young people are doing for athletics all over Europe and a means of the Community communication among themselves.

Young Leaders Forum

Every two years, the Community’s focus turns to the European Athletics Young Leaders Forum, which is staged in conjunction with the European Athletics Championships.

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe
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World Athletics President Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe speaking at the 2020 European Athletics Young Leaders Forum

Owing to the cancellation of the Paris 2020 European Athletics Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 European Athletics Young Leaders Forum was held via four online sessions between 20-27 August.

Around 100 people from across Europe were involved in the 2020 Young Leaders Forum - co-organised with the Paris 2020 Local Organising Committee and supported by the European Union's Erasmus+ Programme - and featured a series of presentations and debates.

Guest speakers included World Athletics President Sebastian Coe, Head of the European Commission Sport Unit Yves Le Lostecque, former Paris 2020 CEO Laurent Boquillet and International Olympic Committee Sport Director Kit McConnell while a a special guest on one of the debating panels was three-time European champion and former pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie.

The eighth edition of the Young Leaders Forum is planned to take place in conjunction with the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships.