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New Leaders Programme puts IOC Gender Equality Recommendations into practice


On 6th October, our member, the Finnish Olympic Committee has launched its New Leaders Programme in Buenos Aires. The initiative puts IOC Gender Equality Recommendations into practice.


The Finnish Olympic Committee launched a new value-based sport leadership program in Europe. The "New Leaders Programme" is a joint educational effort of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the European Olympic Committees (EOC), run by the Finnish Olympic Committee. The call for applications was opened by IOC Women and Sport World Trophy winner, ENGSO Honorary President Birgitta Kervinen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the context of the Olympism in Action Forum. The programme encourages people to dream, speak up and act as game-changers shaping the future of sport.

The programme consists of three workshops and a closing conference in the period of one year. Co-operation partners include amongst others the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania and of Ireland. Topics of strategic leadership, communications, public speaking, lobbying and conflict management will be viewed through the lenses of equality, sustainability, human rights and ethics. In addition, contend is designed to implement the IOC Gender Equality Recommendations into action.

A total of 30 European participants will be selected, ideally 15 females and 15 males supported by 30 personal mentors from the top of the sporting world.

Participants will design concrete action plans on a personal and organisational level implementing the IOC Gender Equality Recommendations into action. Strong tools for goal-setting and strategic planning facilitate their execution and individual learning process.

The programme is the legacy project of the 2017 IOC Women and Sport World Trophy Winner Birgitta Kervinen. She says:

​​“Without dreams there are no visions. Without visions there is no action, and without action there is no change. By empowering and equipping leaders with strong tools to think, learn and act we can transform the sport movement.”

ENGSO supports the New Leaders Programme as a game changing initiative, and encourages its members to seize this opportunity to take a leading position in transforming the sports movement.

Who should apply?

The New Leaders Sport Leadership Programme is for sport professionals who want to be game-changers in the world of sport. They are ready to challenge themselves, improve their leadership skills and commit to implementing ideas into action. They are geared up to create a positive change in their own organisation and in the sport movement at large.

Applicants can be men and women between 23 and 40 years of age. They may work in National Olympic Committees (NOCs), in the Olympic Movement or in a national sport organisation. They can also be Olympians looking for career transition opportunities. Most importantly, they are leaders who want to set high ethical standards a priority in sport leadership.

You can find the programme curriculum here and you can apply here by 31 October.

European programme turns global

The programme is a joint effort coordinated by the Finnish Olympic Committee with the IOC, EOC, NOC of Lithuania, NOC of Ireland and an NOC to be confirmed.

Following the European launch, the educational concept of the New Leaders Programme will have a global reach as it is going to be implemented in other continents in the course of 2019-2020. With a worldwide scope the programme aims to create a net of far-reaching Olympic game-changers.

For more information please contact the New Leaders Team in the Finnish Olympic Committee:

+358 40 672 2220, niina.toroi@olympiakomitea.fi or visit the programme website.

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