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ENGSO Youth at the First Conference on International Sport Volunteerism

Our Policy and Projects Manager Bence Garamvölgyi and ENGSO Executive Committee member Sara Massini participated in the First International Conference on Sport Volunteerism which was organised within the framework of the EYVOL project and took place in Paris, France, on 27 November 2019.


Sara took part in the panel discussion "Policy considerations to strengthen volunteerism in sport". The same was moderated by Bence.


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The First International Conference on Sport Volunteerism took place on 27 November 2019, at the Maison du Handball in Creteil (Paris), France. The conference was organized within the framework ‘Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport’ (EYVOL) project, a transnational and multi-sectoral initiative co-funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme, involving partners from the Olympic Movement, the United Nations, Academia and civil society.


Representatives from organizations such as the International Labour Office (ILO), UNICEF, FIFA, The Inter-Ministerial Delegation from the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The French Ministry of Sport, Special Olympics, the French Football Federation, alongside several National Olympic Committees, NGOs and associations took part in the conference as panellists and shared information on practices, policies and plans in recruitment, training and deployment of sport volunteers, in view of promoting future employability.


During the conference, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, presented the ‘EYVOL Guide on Best Practices in Volunteering for Social Inclusion through Sport’, based on an initial analysis of 83 case studies gathered across the world from key organisations working with sport volunteers. The guide is a collection of volunteer sport experiences for the empowerment of youth at grassroot, local, national, regional and international level.


“Volunteerism is fundamental for social cohesion; it is a way of life. It inspires and unites people under a common cause which must not be motivated by sordid gain.” - Dr. Constantinos Filis, Director, International Truce Centre


“Volunteers are key in the organisation of a major sporting event.” - Laura Georges, General Secretary of the French Football Federation


“We need to develop a framework to improve volunteer soft skills and employability skills, conferences like this one give us a great opportunity to provide inputs on the subject.” - Giovanni di Cola, Special Advisor, International Labour Organisation


“Very well organised conference with a valuable exchange between many professionals from different stakeholders within the sport volunteering world. Hope that this kind of discussions are just the beginning of what will become a global movement”. - Robert Wispelweij, Head of Workforce Management / Tournaments & Events Division, FIFA

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Inspired by Save the Dream, EYVOL is coordinated by the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC) and jointly implemented with the Comité Olímpico de Portugal (COP), the Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI), the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), the European Platform for Sports and Innovation (EPSI), the European Non-Governmental Sports Organization - ENGSO Youth, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Universitat de les Illes Balears, Fundación del Centenario del Sevilla FC, Orama Neon – Youthorama and garagErasmus Foundation. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) are official supporters of this initiative, which envisages the participation of Roma Cares Foundation and Al Sharq Forum.

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