The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Youth Working Group has called a three-day meeting in London between 31 August and 2 September 2014, with British Olympic Association and London 2012 Chairman, Lord Coe, set to lead discussions around how ANOC can support NOCs worldwide in keeping young people at the heart of sport.
As Chairman of the ANOC Youth Working Group, Lord Coe will bring a wealth of first-hand experience in transforming young lives through sport. He was the figurehead for the London 2012 Games that pledged to “Inspire a Generation” and is the Chairman of London 2012’s international education legacy programme, International Inspiration (IN), which has enriched the lives of over 12 million children and young people in 20 countries since its inception.
Through the NOC network and countries which participated in IN, young representatives from Azerbaijan, Brazil, Great Britain, Jordan, Palau and South Africa have been selected to join Lord Coe on the ANOC Youth Working Group. ANOC is looking to draw on this best practice example of harnessing the inspirational power of sport effectively and sustainably and will use this Working Group as a pilot programme for future years.
Lord Coe said, “There are very few things more important in sport than youth participation and youth engagement, and so it is a real honour to be chairing the ANOC Youth Working Group. I am very grateful to ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for this prestigious appointment and I will look to use all my experience from London 2012, International Inspiration and other projects. I have no doubt that working together we will find innovative ways for ANOC to empower its NOCs to help young people play and stay in sport.”
ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah added, “With a membership of 204 NOCs, ANOC has huge potential to reach millions of young people from all corners of the globe. It is the job of the ANOC Youth Working Group to help us discover the means to harness this immense potential. Recent Olympic and Paralympic Games have demonstrated sport’s power to inspire young people and ANOC, through its NOCs, can help ensure that this momentum is maintained 365 days a year.”