UNESCO European Athletics Young Leaders Community


  • What it takes to organise an event: Overview

    Monday 28 February 2011

    Dear friends,

    I have been really busy with my job and with the preparations for the Sparkassen Gala athletics meeting in Regensburg (www.sparkassen-gala.de), which will take place in June and for which I am in a leading position in the organization.

    The work that I am doing on the meeting made me think about the team that it takes for a successful event. Sometimes people volunteer and they only understand the section of the meeting or event they are working in. I was thinking it would be good to share some of my ideas on each of the ...

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  • More Milestones

    Wednesday 23 February 2011

    It is time for a little celebration.

    You will notice from the homepage that our Community has grown past two more milestones: we have gone over 700 members and 5,000 hours of donated work. That is great progress in just over a month since our official launch on 17 January. Well done to everyone!

    I think it is clear from these figures that there is real interest in our concept and what the community has to offer. Now the objectives are to keep growing and make sure that our membership is an active membership.

    Interestingly, I can see that ...

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  • Paris 2011 highlights the importance of volunteers

    Tuesday 15 February 2011

    Following on from my blog on Feb 9th I noticed an intersting press release from Paris 2011 last Friday. Here is an extract:

    "...Another mainspring of the organisation is the volunteers. No fewer than 414 volunteers have become involved with the organisation of these European Championships since having individual interviews to enable their wishes and particular skill sets to be identified and used to best effect. The majority of the volunteers are involved in the transport domain, with 99 people assisting in this area. In total there are thirteen allocated sectors, including reception, protocol, accommodation-catering, security as well as the ...

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  • Future women leaders in athletics

    Thursday 10 February 2011

    Three weeks ago I worked at a seminar for women leaders in athletics. The aim was to give the 38 participants from 10 countries training and information to help them in their professional careers and increase the number of women in leadership positions such as coaches, clubs leaders, federation officers, etc.

    The seminar was part of a bigger project, which is led by the Royal Dutch Athletics Federation, Atletiekunie, with the support of European Athletics and is called “Closing the Leadership Gap in European Athletics”.

    Over the 5 days, leadership workshops, guest speakers, case study presentations, group exercises, group discussions ...

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  • Paris 2011 – European Athletics Indoor Championships

    Wednesday 09 February 2011

    European Athletics biggest event of the year, the 2011 Indoor Championships in Paris is approaching fast. March is only a few weeks away, and from the 4th to the 6th a lot will happen as you can see from the event timetable:


    I wanted to know whether we have some members who will be volunteers for this event…..

    If you are taking part, let us know what’s happening on your side. What do you think about the coming championships in Paris, what you will be doing for the events, how did ...

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  • Quick User Guide to Adding Hours

    Tuesday 08 February 2011

    Dear all,

    As of today, we have now reached 646 members who have already registered 4435 Hours of volunteering, the equivalent of 111 Weeks or 555 days worth of volunteering!

    That’s a great start and I hope only the beginning,

    Today, I just wanted to cover a few instructions, make this blog entry a Quick User Guide.
    Just before I do so, can I ask anyone who has added some hours to give me their feedback regarding the use of the platform. We are still developing and it would be great to obtain your point of view.
    Thank you ...

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  • Guerilla (buzz) marketing (in sports)

    Friday 04 February 2011

    In a previous blog comment I wrote about guerilla (buzz) marketing and @Olivier asked me to write more.

    What is it? Any unconventional marketing intended to get maximum results from minimal resources. More innovative approaches to guerrilla marketing now utilize cutting edge mobile digital technologies to really engage the consumer and create a memorable brand experience. Guerilla marketing is: innovative, unconventional, provoking. It has got 4 main parts: virus marketing, ambient media, astroturfing (campaigns that are formally planned by an organization, but are disguised as spontaneous, popular "grassroots" behavior) and word of mouth. As I mentioned earlier: social media is ...

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  • 2011 - A busy year for the community

    Wednesday 02 February 2011

    Dear all,

    January was a busy time for the people at the European Athletics Office & for the community.

    The number of registered members has in fact doubled as a result of the activities carried out in January, from 200 to 400 Members with the launch of the volunteering functionality where you can now register the hours you dedicate to a competition, event, athletics meetings, races, clubs, etc.

    And it is only the beginning…

    As I am posting this blog, the month of February is starting very rapidly. With the communication to existing networks of volunteers the community is seeing the ...

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