#EYSF2017, co-organised by ENGSO Youth, was a great success
On 9-13 March the European Youth Sport Forum (EYSF2017) was held in Malta. This was the 6th edition of the event in which ENGSO Youth has been a main partner since the beginning. This year it was organised by the Maltese EU Presidency and SportMalta, in cooperation with the European Commission and ENGSO Youth.
The event gathered 120 participants from all over Europe and the MENA region to discuss sport-related hot topics. These were social inclusion and volunteering in sport, healthy lifestyles through sport, and sport diplomacy. The participants received some great inputs on the topics from keynote speakers, and worked on them further in workshops. At the end of their internal discussions, they had a chance to speak in the House of Representatives of the Maltese Parliament in front of some members of Maltese political parties.
It would not have been a youth and sports forum without a great amount of physical activities. SportMalta organised an excellent afternoon of beach sport activities at the beautiful Golden Bay, and there were some other optional activities to choose from, including piloxing, zumba, canoe polo and wheelchair dancing.
The outcome of the four days of intensive work is the so-called Pink Paper that contains the recommendations of the event to decision makers in European sport. The document was presented at the closing of the forum in the presence of Her Excellency, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta and Mr. Yves Le Lostecque, the Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission.
The work has just started with producing the Pink Paper. Now the task is to spread its recommendations to decision-making bodies on European and national level.