European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth

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European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth
EngsoYouth logo.JPG
Logo of ENGSO Youth
Abbreviation ENGSO Youth
Established 2000
Headquarters Behrenstr. 24 10117 Berlin, Germany
Official language
Jan Holze

European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation 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 40 countries and to achieve, promote and support the implementation of the ENGSO guidelines for children and youth sport. ENGSO Youth promotes sport, health and participation of children and young people as well as volunteering and international cooperation in the sport sector.[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 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 European secretariat based in Berlin (Germany) and two branch offices, one in Belgrade (Serbia) and one in Rome (Italy). Besides the Secretary General, the secretariat consists of a Project Analyst and a Communication Officer.


Date Chairman Nationality
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 is made up of:

  • a Chairman
  • a Vice Chair
  • 7 committee members

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

Name Position Nationality Nominating Organization
Mr. Jan Holze Chairman  Germany Deutsche Sportjugend (DSJ)
Mr. Paolo Emilio Adami Vice Chair  Italy Comitato Nazionale Italiano Fair Play, (CNIFP)
Mr. Julien Buhajezuk Committee Member  France Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français, (CNOSF)
Ms. Natasa Jankovic Committee Member  Serbia Olympic Committee of Serbia, (OKS)
Ms. Liis Kaibald Committee Member  Estonia Estonian Olympic Committee, (EOK)
Ms. Francesca Kelly Committee Member  United Kingdom Sport and Recreation Alliance, (CCPR)
Mr. Miikka Neuvonen Committee Member  Finland Finnish Sport Confederation, (VALO)
Mr. Tormod Tvare Committee Member  Norway Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sports


Name Term
Ms. Rebekka Kemmler-Muller 2007–present

Activities and projects[edit]

ENGSO Youth has realized 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 is currently cooperating in a European funded project (DAPHNE III) against sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports, Sport Respect Your Rights.[13]


  • 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, Pubblisher Routledge, 2010, pp.198-212 ISBN 113401970X

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