European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth

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European Sports NGO Youth
European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth
ENGSO Youth's Logo
ENGSO Youth's Logo
AbbreviationENGSO Youth
MottoGiving youth a real say in sports!
EstablishedApril 12, 2002; 18 years ago (2002-04-12) in Bratislava, Slovakia
Registration no.802493-0839
  • ENGSO Youth

    ℅ Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations, Lietuvos sporto federacijų sąjunga

    Žemaitės 6, LT-03117 Vilnius, Lithuania
Official language
Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė
Filip Filipić
Parent organization
ENGSO | The European Sports NGO

European Sports NGO Youth (ENGSO Youth) is the non-governmental umbrella youth organisation of ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation).[1] It has the aim to represent the young Europeans in sports in 34 countries and to achieve, promote and support the implementation of the ENGSO guidelines for children and youth sport. ENGSO Youth promotes health, sustainable development, sport diplomacy, education and employability, and inclusion through sports.[2] ENGSO Youth is member of the European Youth Forum since 2007.


At the beginning of 2000, on initiative of the German Sports Youth (Deutsche Sportjugend) eight national sport umbrella organisations from eight European countries started to co-operate in the "Network for the European Youth Work in Sports – Sport Youth goes Europe“. These partners have joined forces on European level to engage and lobby for the interests of young people that are organised in sport clubs and federations.

Vision, mission and aims[edit]

According to the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth website,[3] their vision, mission and aims are as follows:


To represent the interest of people under the age of 35 dealing with sport in Europe.


ENGSO Youth is a democratic, youth-led organisation, representing national umbrella organisations for youth sport from across Europe. To provide support, advice and guidance for members who want to establish their own youth structure; To work in partnership with the European Union, the Council of Europe and other European organisations to represent the voice of youth sport; To provide up to date communications and good practice to all member organisations.


  • To be the youth sport organisation in Europe and offer a platform for individuals, organisations, stakeholders and policy makers to connect, debate and collaborate Europe-wide;
  • To continue involving a growing number of young Europeans, especially those with fewer opportunities, and organisations in sport and in the decision-making process of sport's policies;
  • To develop ENGSO Youth capacities in more regions of Europe;
  • To foster cross-sector cooperation, in order to engage a broader network of partners when tackling European, national and local youth issues;
  • To develop projects with long-lasting, multiplying and self-perpetuating effects on current themes in the youth sector to leave a lasting legacy.



ENGSO Youth is structured with a General Assembly as the highest decision making body. The General Assembly meets annually and decides about statutes, the political platform and the work plan, as well as it elects the Committee of ENGSO Youth. The Committee is elected every 2 years. The Committee consists of 9 members and is responsible for leading and representing the organisation between the General Assemblies. The Committee and the Secretary General coordinate the daily work of the organisation.

ENGSO Youth has a secretariat based in Budapest (Hungary). Secretariat consist of operations manager. ENGSO Youth also has three other staff members: youth officer, projects and policy manager and communications officer.


Date Chairman Nationality
2019-2021 Ms. Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė  Lithuania
2017-2019 Mr. Michael Leyendecker  Germany
2015 - 2017 Mr. Paolo Emilio Adami  Italy
2013 - 2015 Mr. Jan Holze (re-elected)  Germany
2011 - 2013 Mr. Jan Holze (re-elected)  Germany
2009 - 2011 Mr. Jan Holze (re-elected)  Germany
2007 - 2009 Mr. Jan Holze (re-elected)  Germany
2005 - 2007 Mr. Jan Holze  Germany
2003 - 2005 Ms. Rosemary Paul-Chopin  France

Current Committee[edit]

Each committee is elected by the entire membership every 2 years at the General Assembly, it consists of:

  • the Chair
  • the Vice-Chair
  • 7 Committee Members

The Secretary General attends the board meetings as a non-voting ex-officio.

Name Position Nationality
Ms. Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė Chair  Lithuania
Mr. Filip Filipić Vice-Chair  Serbia
Ms. Lovisa Broms Committee Member  Sweden
Ms. Ivana Pranjić Committee Member  Austria
Ms. Erika Juhász Committee Member (till March 2020)  Hungary
Ms. Iva Glibo Committee Member  Croatia
Ms. Kirsten Hasenpusch Committee Member  Germany
Ms. Marianna Cardoso Committee Member  Portugal
Mr. Titouan Martin Barré Committee Member  France


Name Nationality Title
Mr. Bence Garamvölgyi  Hungary Policy and Projects Manager
Ms. Polona Fonda  Slovenia Communication Officer

Activities and projects[edit]

ENGSO Youth has realised several project all using physical activity and sport as a tool for a social change. All project have been realized thanks to grants by the European Union or the Council of Europe. In particular through the Youth in Action Program (Youth Unit, DG Education and Culture),[4] Preparatory Actions in the Field of Sport (Sport Unit, DG Education and Culture)[5] and the Youth Department grants of the Council of Europe.[6] ENGSO Youth is cooperating with several European and International Organisations with which shares objectives and aims. More in detail is a partner of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe.[7] ENGSO Youth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Paralympic Committee[8][9] ENGSO Youth is tightly cooperating on several project with the European University Sports Association - EUSA.[10] A mutual and constant cooperation is also active with the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation - EGLSF since 2012.[11] ENGSO Youth is the creator of the campaign Youth Sport speaks out on TabooPhobia - Developing a youth led campaign to challenge homophobia in and through sport [12] and cooperated in a European funded project (DAPHNE III) against sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports, Sport Respect Your Rights.[13]

In the mandates of 2015-2019 ENGSO Youth participated in several Erasmus+ funded projects in various areas of sport, inclusion, employment, sexual violence and other: Sport empowers disabled youth (SEDY), Study on the Contribution of Sport to the Employability of Young People in the Context of the Europe 2020 Strategy, Voices for Truth and Dignity, Activity, Sport and Play for the Inclusion of Refugees in Europe – ASPIRE and RISE - Refugees Integration through Sport.[14]

In 2018 ENGSO You signed a memorandum of understanding with Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.

Currently ENGSO Youth leads the SK4YS - Skills for You(th) through Sport project and participates as a partner organisation in: COME IN! - inclusive sports programmes for young people with and without disabilities, SWinG - Supporting Women in achieving their Goals, EYVOL - Empowering Youth Volunteers through Sport and MONITOR - Monitoring and Evaluation Manual for Sport-for-Employability Programmes.[15]


  • Roland Naul and Jan Holze. Sports development and young people: The role of international organizations. Routledge Handbook of Sports Development, Routledge International Handbooks, Editors Barrie Houlihan, Mick Green, Publisher Routledge, 2010, pp. 198–212 ISBN 113401970X


  1. ^ Official ENGSO website
  2. ^ Official ENGSO Youth website
  3. ^ ENGSO Youth Vision [1] Archived 2013-12-09 at the Wayback Machine .
  4. ^ Youth Unit
  5. ^ Sport Unit
  6. ^ Youth Department of the CoE
  7. ^ Official EPAS Partners
  8. ^ EPC
  9. ^ Memorandum of Understanding
  10. ^ EUSA
  11. ^ EGLSF
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Filipic, Filip. "Past projects | ENGSO Youth | Giving youth a real say in sports | Budapest, Hungary". engsoyouth. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  15. ^ Filipic, Filip. "Projects | ENGSO Youth | Giving youth a real say in sports". engsoyouth. Retrieved 2019-09-11.

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