UNESCO European Athletics Young Leaders Community


  • Goodbye for now

    Tuesday 31 May 2011

    It was a pleasure to work on the European Athletics Young Leaders Community for the past 4 (and a bit) months, but this experience is coming to an end on my side.

    Don't worry, though, as someone is there to take over. As for me, I’ll keep an eye on your activities and might pop some news up from time to time. I’m a volunteer in other sports organisations and it will be a good way to learn and a good way to catch new ideas and study differences with the world of athletics.

    There should be ...

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  • 9th European Cup Race Walking - Sweat, Friends, and Punk Rock

    Friday 27 May 2011

    Over 1,000 kilometres in long-distance driving back and forth, airport pick-ups, welcoming of delegations, overall management, administrative tasks, translation work, flash interview interpretation, taking athletes out of bed for blood sampling, general muscle burning, event photography, motivating the troops, getting motivated by the troops, short nights of sleep, and having a real blast from the overall organisational success – much due to the apparently innate ability of the volunteers to sacrifice and keep things rolling, sorting out solutions on the go and acting as a team. Behold a short checklist of the things you'd have done if you were ...

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  • Interesting Statistics from Olhão – European Cup Walking Race

    Thursday 19 May 2011

    Less than 10 days before the beginning of the event and the volunteer program is falling nicely into place, 123 people have volunteered to take on one of the 100 planned required volunteer positions.

    Among the statistic to retain in the volunteer workforce are the followings:

    55% of volunteer are students
    83% have already participated as a volunteer to other sports event
    95% have been a volunteer of the recent event held in Albufeira
    11% were volunteers for the Football Euro 2004
    15% were volunteers at the semi-marathon world championship in 2003
    15% were volunteers the cross country work championship ...

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  • Attending an international sport forum at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva

    Tuesday 17 May 2011

    Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the IOC-UN 2nd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development on 10 and 11 May.

    These two days were really exciting; being in the same room as representatives from all around the world and being able to listen to Dr. Jacques Rogge, the IOC President, and HE Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, was very inspiring!!

    There were speakers from developing countries and speakers who are organizers of major sports events. I learned about major concerns encountered by the former and best practices shared by the latter.

    Some of the ...

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  • One possibility for attracting young people

    Friday 13 May 2011

    For me, it is really important that we work on new ways to involve young people in athletics. By recognizing athletics as both a tradition and a really exciting sport, they will want to train and compete, help organise events, become fans, supporters, spectators or get involved in some other way. A key thing is for them to see athletics at its best and get the strong, positive memories that can come from a great live experience.

    As you know, my big project is to help organise the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December in Velenje this year and ...

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  • Young Volunteers In Europe

    Tuesday 10 May 2011

    Hi all,

    as it is the European Year of Volunteering, volunteering is getting in the spotlight with a lot of discussions, conference and forums happening all around Europe through the year.

    This week, I would like tp point out the discussions held during the European Youth Forum (acronym YFJ) which took place last week in Antwert, Belgium (European Youth capital 2011), where a lot of topics were touched upon.

    You will find a summary of the discussions at:

    The YFV (http://www.youthforum.org/) wants to launch a consultation via its member organisations ...

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  • European Cross Country 2012 - Hungary

    Friday 06 May 2011

    I am back after a long time. I did not write because we had some problems in the past few months. But in the beginning of May, we started to work outside. The director of Skanzen, where our event will take place, is a very enthusiastic person. He made an agreement with one of the high school of Szentendre, the closest city. So on Monday morning 150 students worked in the Skanzen. – I think this is one of the biggest volunteer program in the history of the school and, of course, the Skanzen.

    In the sunny and warm Monday 150 ...

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