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Join our Sport for Sustainable Development seminar; open to everyone!

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Mark your calendar! On Saturday, 30 January 2021, ENGSO Youth will organise its second online seminar, titled “Sport as an enabler of Sustainable Development”.

Guest speakers and international experts Dr. Marianne Meier, Research Associate in Gender and Development, University of Bern, and Philippe Furrer, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of insPoweredBy, and an expert panel from 4 continents, will be part of the programme.

The seminar will also feature the introduction of the Erasmus+ funded Sport for Sustainable Development project and its outcome the “ScoreAll17” manual.

Date: 30 January 2021 Time: 11:00-13:00 CET (Paris time)

Where: online (an invitation will be sent through emails)

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The seminar is part of the activities implemented under the framework of the Sport for Sustainable Development project co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. All five project partners will participate; ENGSO Youth (coordinator), Kokushikan University (Japan), the Senegalese Olympic and Sports Committee (Senegal), Sport and Citizenship (France) and the University of Physical Education (Hungary).


  • Dr Marianne Meier, Research Associate in Gender & Development, University of Bern Sustainable development and sport (in general)

  • Philippe Furrer, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of insPoweredBy Youth engagement within sport and sustainable development.

  • Expert panel on youth engagement and sustainable development: Mathatho Manaka, IOC Young Leader, Young Sport Maker at Global Sports Week Paris 2020 (South Africa) Francois Singer, 17 Sport, Purpose Sales Executive, (France) Priyal Keni, International Rifle Shooter, Founder of the Play and Shine Foundation, (India) David Thibodeau, Young Sport Maker at Global Sports Week Paris 2020, Program Analyst at Government of Canada (Canada) Hideyuki Aoyagi, Graduate student of Doctoral programme in Kokushikan University, (Japan)

Meet the speakers

Dr Marianne Meier, Research Associate in Gender & Development, University of Bern

Dr Marianne Meier is working in the area of ‘Sport & Development’ for more than 18 years with a focus on diversity (gender), human rights, empowerment, sustainability, and ‘monitoring and evaluation’ (M&E). Thereby, she studies and promotes social change and equity in sport, around sport, and through sport.

She is currently working as researcher, lecturer, and consultant for the ‘Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies’ at the University of Berne with mandates in Kenya, Togo, and Switzerland. In addition, she is teaching at Swiss and German Universities.

Marianne holds a PhD in sport pedagogics and published her thesis on sporting role models in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally, she obtained a double major in history and political science studying in Fribourg and Berne/Switzerland, North Carolina/USA, Siena/Italy and Munich/Germany.

Philippe Furrer, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of insPoweredBy

Philippe Furrer has a passion for sport as a catalyst for transformation in young people’s lives and across communities and cities. He spent the largest part of his career with the International Olympic Committee in various senior roles. He is the founder of insPoweredBy, a small advisory boutique focused on active design, well-being, sport and events. In June 2020, he co-authored and published Sport & Finance for Development with a view to bring together the best of sports for development and innovative finance.

Priyal Keni

International Rifle Shooter, member of the Indian Shooting Team for 7 years who represented India at the World University Games and the World Championships. Also, a multiple National medalist and a founder of the Play and Shine Foundation (non-profit sports initiative).

Mathatho Manaka

Mathatho Manaka from South Africa is currently an MPhil/ MA student pursing her research in the topic of ‘The delivery of sustainable development programmes by NGO’s in the Sport for Development Sector’. She is the founder of Rough Diamond project in South Africa; which aims to present a platform for educational opportunities. Her sporting desire is to serve sport on multiple platforms whilst making an impact.

Francois Singer

Specialized in International Marketing & Innovation, I have been able to acquire throughout my professional career in big organizations (AccorHotels, Unibail Rodamco...) advanced skills in Digital and International Project Management. I then chose to specialize in the field of Sports Organization Management and have realised thesis research on the impacts of Climate Change on the organisation of big sport events. I have worked with the Think Tank Sport and Citizenship, the 2024 Olympic Committee and with sustainable companies such as Lemon Tri, Solideo, Quantis on issues of eco-responsible innovations and CSR in sport. I joined the contributory company 17 Sport and the association's Football Ecologie France & Time for the Planet in order to integrate more purpose-driven projects within the sports movement. 17 Sport is the world’s first integrated sports impact company operating at the intersection of sport, business and purpose. Figure 17 refers to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and define our mission and blueprint.

David Thibodeau

David Thibodeau (he/him) was a competitive swimmer for 10 years, and was a member of Team New Brunswick at the 2013 Canada Games Summer Games. David is currently in his 10th season of coaching competitive swimming and also working for the Canadian government in policy and program development. David is an advocate for better inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ people in sports and in gym class. Some of his advocacy work has included contributing to a Coach’s guide for Working with LGBTQ Athletes for Coach New Brunswick. David is an ambassador for You Can Play and was selected as one of 50 Young Sport Makers from around the world for Global Sports Week 2020 in Paris

Hideyuki Aoyagi

Kokushikan University Graduate school of Sport System, Doctoral programme, with a main interest in Relationship between the Olympic and Paralympic education and Japanese school education and educational activities related to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Also, the participant of 57th International Session for Young Participants (2017), International Olympic Academy, a member of Japan Olympic Academy and part-time Staff of TAMA CITY and Olympic and Paralympic Games project office.

About the project

Official website and interactive “ScoreAll17” manual: http://sport4sd.com/

“ScoreAll17” manual: read the manual

Erasmus+ funded Sport for Sustainable Development project is a transcontinental youth initiative that aims to promote social responsibility and intends to raise awareness on the link between sports and sustainable development by offering interrelated learning mobility opportunities for youth sports leaders, sports professionals and young people in general.

At the Sport for Sustainable Development Training Course, participants will be empowered to bring out the potential of the youngsters they work with and learn how to use sport as a tool for non-formal education and as a multiplier for positive change in their local, national and international environments.

The Sport for Sustainable Development Youth Exchange will gather youngsters in order to discuss the key challenges that the world is facing and how sport can contribute to the solutions.

The project builds on long-term, transcontinental cooperation allowing involved organizations to exchange experiences and methodologies in the fields of sport-based non-formal education and youth-led sustainable development, thus also strengthening their capacities for increased levels of action.

The diversity of our international team allows us to approach the topic in a cross-sectoral way, reflecting the opinion and inputs of youth, sport organizations, research and higher-educational institutions. The initiative is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Youth program of the European Union.