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ENGSO Youth report 2019 - 2021

From June 2019 to June 2021; due to the global pandemic, the 2019-2021 period has been a mandate of challenges but also, but also a mandate of growth, team work and friendship. 

Read what ENGSO Youth has achieved in the past mandate in our 2019-2021 report.      
Information leaflets
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Motivation Paper


ENGSO Youth is working to develop a sporting culture in which children and young people are encouraged and given the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes at all levels within sports organisations. It is important for the future of sport that young people are able to develop the skills and experiences that will encourage them to be active participants and the future leaders of European sport.

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Training Tools

Skills for You(th) through Sport handbook

Sport-based education programmes to facilitate upward social mobility for disadvantaged young people

The handbook aims to raise awareness on the transferable skills that sport-based educational activities can develop for young people - especially those not in employment, education or training.


The publication is preliminarily addressing youth and sport organizations that aim to deliver programs that can boost certain soft skills of youngsters from fewer opportunities backgrounds.


Besides providing practical advices, it also features ten European organizations that run employability and sport-based development programs for youth target groups.

The most important outcome of the 2019 Young Delegates meeting in Budapest

Thirty-five young leaders were introduced to the ‘Have Your Say!’ manual, and through participatory workshop helped its adaptation to the sporting context. This Toolkit is a result of their collaborative work.


The Toolkit includes some theoretical reflections on how sport can be a learning tool for active citizenship, democratic participation, and how it can contribute to more inclusive communities.

Creating Opportunity for sport members at grassroots level to enable inclusion

The final product of the COMEin (Creating Opportunity for sport members at grassroots level to enable inclusion) project toolkit has been released and is available to everyone - for free.


The toolkit includes the reports, information, exercises and the inclusive sport programmes collected by the official project partners: OPES Italia, ANESTAPS, SPARC Sport, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia and ENGSO Youth.


Our aim is to guide you through some elementary introductions and experiences on employment through sport with ideas, tools and methods for developing young people’s competences through what they do in the sport field. It look at practices, policies and research related to the sport field to give a homogeneous overview of the situation in Europe, work in progress and space for improvement.

How to use this toolkit
The table of contents lists the tools found in each chapter. Each chapter starts on a new page so can be used individually, so you can choose the tools you need. There are activities linked to each topic and links to further information. 

There are 4 main sections: 

  • The first looks at the origins of sport as a great source of learning and opportunity for socialization;

  • There is also an explanatory section regarding all the actors involved in this process and addressed by the publication such as youth, youth work, youth policy;

  • The second gives a picture on how Non-Formal Education (NFE) and sports are linked;

  • The third brings entrepreneurship in sport as one of the solution to fight unemployment;

  • The fourth talks about further inspiration and puts everything together to demonstrate how youth work, sport and entrepreneurial learning are connected.


The sexual realm of human experience is closely associated with many social taboos. Therefore, whilst sexual behaviour, disposition and orientation perhaps represent the most intimate and profound expressions of a person’s identity, they can also represent an aspect of significant vulnerability for all individuals. This may especially be the case for those who are already subjugated through organisational or social attitudes and practices, through armed conflict, or as a result of not conforming to culturally dominant models of sexual behaviour. 

Building on these definitions, it is aimed to address the problem of the violation of human rights within sport, expressed through sexual or sexualised conduct. Although such conduct is understood to be frequently manifested through individual behaviour, it is closely associated with collective values and established social power relations. Regardless of the specific form such behaviour takes, it often has a damaging impact on the person who experiences it and can result in negative long-term consequences, both for individuals and organisations. 


Discussion points for young competitive athletes and sports players - Make a decision, make a stance, and make progress.


This publication was envisaged as a response to the many barriers young sports leaders face in promoting participation for all abilities. As long as young people face hurdles in accessing sport, participation for all is not a reality and we as a society have failed to create a world of Sport for All.

YOUth can open doors to all abilities through sport was inspired by the conclusions, expertise and discussions of three educational events aspiring to remove prejudice and ensure participation for all:

  • ENGSO Youth study session Youth voices through inclusive sports, July 2010

  • EPAS training for young leaders working with people with intellectual disabilities, February 2011

  • ENGSO Youth study session Towards all inclusive Sport for All – youth opening doors to all abilities, October 2011


The combination of these activities brought together over 70 young leaders from 30 different countries across Europe. Together they exchanged experiences, identified barriers, shared examples of good practice and used their diverse knowledge to contribute to making ‘Sport for All’ in its real sense accessible and inclusive. The content was inspired from the events and has been included with the purpose of creating a common basis of understanding from which the reader is encouraged to adapt or build upon to fit their local reality.


Due to the varying dimensions of the European participants and leaders engaging in sport, the publication has been written with an understanding that it is targeted towards a heterogeneous audience varying in age, language and ability, which therefore requires the reader to hold a sense of flexibility in the definitions used throughout.


Discrimination, racism and xenophobia are serious challenges that sport organisations must be aware of. Because of that reason the German Sports Youth (dsj) as youth organisation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation took the initiative in cooperating with eight other national sports organisations to develop a multilingual computer-based tool, which can be used easily in national and international youth work to inform and teach young people about these issues. The result is de present work tool and the corresponding video-clips. These can be used to educate young leaders and coaches as well as in everyday youth work to raise awareness about discriminating situations.

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