POSTED: September 4th 2014

ANOC Youth Working Group meets for first time

The ANOC Youth Working Group held its first meetings in London / ANOC
The ANOC Youth Working Group held its first meetings in London / ANOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 12 members of the Association of National Olympic Committees Youth Working Group from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Great Britain, Jordan, Palau, and South Africa held their first meeting this week in London.

Chaired by Lord Sebastian Coe, the Youth Working Group was selected through International Inspiration, London 2012’s international education programme, and the National Olympic Committees network.

“I am very happy with the progress that we have made during these exciting discussions,” Coe said. “I don’t think we could have found a more diverse and interesting group and this was reflected in the innovative ideas that were proposed over the last few days. Over the next few months we will consolidate our ideas and proposals into a coherent action plan, which will be presented to the ANOC General Assembly in Bangkok in November.”

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg also attended the meeting, which took place less than a week after the Closing Ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Each member of the Youth Working Group presented ideas for NOCs to involve young people in sport.

“We have so much to learn from young people and they have so much to contribute,” Coe said. “They can help us identify the challenges they face and understand more about the fast-paced world that they live in. The young people of today face many pressures and there are many distractions which may lead them away from a life of sport. It is imperative that we understand these distractions and realise what tools we can utilise to ensure that these young people turn towards, and not away from, sport.”

Keywords · Association of National Olympic Committee · ANOC · Youth Working Group · Azerbaijan · Brazil · Great Britain · Jordan · Palau · South Africa · London · Sebastian Coe ·

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