On the occasion of the 2023 European Sport Platform and Equality in sport conference, 12-14 October 2023, ENGSO Youth Committee members gathered in Lisbon, Portugal, to finalise the organisation’s 2024-27 strategy and facilitate a session about European Commission’s initiative HealthyLifestyle4all Youth Ideas Lab legacy.
The new strategy will continue to operate on advocacy, projects, policy and networking with special focus on the existing five working groups: sustainable development, inclusion, health, education and employability and sport diplomacy. ENGSO Youth stays firm with the main aim to empower youth and support them in finding their active role in society through sport.
ENGSO Youth will serve as a thriving platform connecting youth and sport sectors, implement sustainable projects with long-term effects, build long-lasting cross-sectoral partnerships and networks and promote effective and meaningful youth participation and a rights-based approach to the youth sport sector. The 2024-27 strategy is expected to be confirmed by the end of 2023.
After the fruitful collaboration with the European Commission’s Sport Unit in 2022 through the participation in the HealthyLifestyle4all Youth Ideas Lab, our team reflected on the programme’s legacy and presented the initiative to the participants of the European Sport Platform. ENGSO Youth Chair Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė and ENGSO Youth Policy manager Tiago Guilherme were joined on stage by Paulo Rocha, Head of Sports for All Division, Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, Laura-Maria Lehiste, ENGSO Youth Alumni Club member and Development Officer at the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), and Pedro Afonso Valente, ENGSO Youth Young Delegate and PhD student at the University of Coimbra. The speakers shared the main takeaways from the initiatives and explained how such a programme can be implemented at a national level, also based on the good practices from Portugal.
In parallel to the European Sport Platform, ENGSO Youth Chair Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė participated in the ENGSO Executive Committee meeting and Isaiah Kioiloglou took part in the ENGSO EWS Committee meeting.
Full recap of the European Sport Platform and Equality in sport conference be read here.