We have a winner: essay competition

We asked, “Imagine that you are working in a sports organisation of the future (say 2040), what does it look like?”, and received numerous interesting essays from young people who had powerful words to share regarding youth, partnerships and sustainability.

Among the submitted essays, we chose three medallists that will travel with us to the European Youth & Sport Platform 2023. 


The official results are:
First place: Lilla Bálint 

Second place: You-De Chen 

Third place: Lukas Kendra


All three youngesters will join us Stockholm, Sweden, at the European Youth & Sport Platform 2023, and share their views and essays with participants! 

Lilla Bálint 

Lili is designing cultural and learning experiences in Budapest (and over the world). With a background in intercultural communication she is currently studying city diplomacy, to be able to better advocate for resilient urban communities and female representation in the cities. She started her community facilitator work with using theatre in vulnerable groups (which she ended up having a TEDx talk on) and later on she has extended her toolbelt with intergenerational storytelling, mindfulness and sustainability in sports. Nearing 30 countries visited, she has a passion for traveling, lindy-hop dancing and unique icecream flavours.

You-De Chen
You-De Chen opened up his journey to this platform in a youth engagement activity held by the German Table Tennis Association (DTTB) during the European Championships 2022. He is a leisure table tennis player, licensed youth leader of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), and qualified umpire of the Chinese Taipei Table Tennis Association (CTTTA) and Hessian Table Tennis Association (HTTV). Outside of sports hall, he combats food waste with the foodsharing community, manages a free shop against resource wasting, and contributes to a society with warmth by volunteering here and there. For him, sustainability is everyday life. He is currently a student with academic and working experience in environmental engineering / informatics / medicine / sciences. He tries hard to be the change he wants to see in the world.

Lukáš Kendra

Lukáš Kendra, an accomplished individual with a multifaceted background in sports, volunteering, and marketing.  As the youngest team manager of the Slovak national men’s team, he made an indelible mark on the sport. Lukáš’s dedication to sports extends beyond basketball, as he has actively volunteered at more than 40 international sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup, FISU World University Games, and the Youth Olympic Games. In 2011, Lukáš was the youngest volunteer during the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship hosted in Slovakia. Having grown up in a family of skiing instructors, Lukáš was introduced to the slopes as soon as he took his first steps. This deep-rooted passion for winter sports has shaped his outlook and approach to life. Alongside his sporting endeavours, Lukáš has always been a big fan of the marketing field. Leveraging his expertise, he spearheaded a successful campaign alongside NHL draft No. 1 pick Juraj Slafkovský.


The European Youth & Sport Platform 2023 is a new event, designed by youth for youth, and organised by ENGSO Youth in cooperation with ENGSO and The Swedish Sports Confederation in Stockholm, Sweden.

The inaugural edition of the European Youth & Sport Platform 2023 will take place on 1-4 June 2023, in Stockholm, Sweden, under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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