The European Youth and Sport Forum 2007 took place from the 17th– 22nd June 2007 in Bonn, Germany.
The Declaration reflects the beliefs and desires of young people directly involved in sport and are designed to assist in the development of future policies on sport in Europe.
The Forum brought together young people from 22 European countries to discuss and exchange ideas on intercultural communication, discrimination, diversity and social inclusion in sport. The themes of the EYSF2007 were chosen to compliment the German EU-presidency themes including social inclusion and diversity.
At a time when physical activity amongst young people is increasingly being discussed in Europe, we hope that the European Commission, the Ministries responsible for sport and youth and sport organisations across Europe will take note of the recommendations.
The participants engaged in a variety of learning methods, both formal and non-formal. The actions that the participants ask you to implement have been divided into three fields that they feel cut across all of the themes: formal education, non formal education and communication, which are all of equal importance. The participants felt strongly that the principles underlying youth sport should include fair play, tolerance and understanding, and equality through opportunities for all regardless of ability.
The participants do not ask you to do this alone; involving local communities and organisations is seen as integral to the success of any work in these areas. For the future it is important that we all work together to achieve our vision of society in Europe.
The enthusiasm and engagement of the participants throughout the Forum was a credit to them and their countries and the recommendations outlined in this document are wholly those of the participants, arising from their ideas and discussions.
The case studies provided are examples presented by participants at the Forum. They are projects and programmes that the participants have been directly involved in and in many instances have led to their participation in the Forum. They are offered as examples of successful initiatives involving young people and are recommended for implementation in other European countries.