2022 Young Leaders Forum to show the way for other sports

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More than a hundred of Europe’s most talented future administrators and organisers are set to gather at this year’s Young Leaders Forum that will be held during the Munich 2022 European Athletics Championships from 17-21 August.

The aim, as always at the biennial event which celebrates its eight edition in 2022, is for the participants to share ideas and try to find solutions to contemporary issues, as well as learn from other countries and, this year, other sports.

As has happened in the past, it is hoped that the participants will be energised and take with them their experiences back to their home countries and implement in a practical and real life context some of the ideas and knowledge they have acquired.

For the first time, the Forum will be open also for young leaders of other sports with representative from the other eight sports that make up the multi-sport European Championships in the Bavarian capital, joining the Forum workshops and seminars for the final two days.

European Athletics is the only sport that has a young leaders’ network and, as well as being a trailblazer and example for other sports to follow, wants to help create a community of future leaders and opinion formers across the broader sporting spectrum on the continent.


The German financial services giant Allianz has recently agreed to become a partner of the Forum, which will now be called ‘Young Leaders Forum meets Allianz’.

On Day 3 of the Forum, participants will have two hackathon sessions – In which large groups will engage in collaborative exercises – with the Allianz Team and a welcome dinner will thenl be held at the Allianz Arena, home of the famous German football club Bayern Munich.

The day before, the futuristic BMW Doppelkegel venue will host the opening ceremony and during the evening European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov, Olympiapark Munchen GMBH CEO Marion Schoene, CEO of the Olympic Park and a representative of BMW will talk to the assembled young leaders.

High-quality speakers and high-profile presenters will deliver workshops with World Athletics President Sebastian Coe having what has now become a Young Leaders Forum tradition, a Q&A session about the future of athletics in which participants will also be able to ask questions.

The participants discuss topics such as event organising of the future, sustainability in sport, and building the leaders of the future.

In addition, there will also be roundtable discussions about the strengths and weaknesses of our sport with former world and European medallists Hannah England, Periklis Iakovakis and Paula Radcliffe.

Case studies will include the European Olympic Committee Sports Director Peter Brüll talking about the European Games and European Championships Management Event Director Colin Hartley presenting a detailed overview of the multi-sport European Championships.

European Athletics Council member Karin Grute Movie and safe sport expert, and founder of the safeguarding consulting firm En Garde, Mathilde Grenet will share what European Athletics is doing with regards to safeguarding in our sport and in particular athletics, talk about how European Athletics has made this a policy priority and look at its new safeguarding guidelines and how to prevent various forms of abuse in sport.

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