During the meeting that took place last week (December 10-14) in Mumbai, India, the ISF Executive Committee officially adopted the Youth Council as one of its consultive organs. The Council will be entirely youth-led and will work following the principles of sustainability, innovation and transparency and the typical sport values of inclusiveness, fair-play and respect for all.
Eleven countries appointed their representatives for the council: Croatia, France, India, Montenegro, People's Republic of China (vice-Chair), Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Serbia (Chair), Russian Federation and Turkey.
Driven by the guidelines of the ISF Vision 2030, the Youth Council will contribute to:
- develop youth-led initiatives and projects;
- increase participation of girls and young women in ISF activities;
- increase the participation of non-EC countries;
- improve the side-events programme of ISF competitions;
- create new networking opportunities and connection for the ISF.
After the official news of the creation of the Youth Council, Nevena Vukasinovic, representative of the Republic of Serbia and Chair of the Council affirmed: "I am honoured to undertake this role together with such inspiring individuals from all over the world; I am looking forward to joining our forces and to work together for the mission that was assigned to us. I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Laurent Petrynka and to all the ISF Executive Committee for giving such an important and valuable role to young leaders within the School Sport Movement."