We are approaching the end of another busy year. However, if we look back only to the past several weeks, so many things happened in grassroots sport in Europe.
The Estonian Presidency will conclude by the end of the year, and we can already read its main outcomes in the topics of structured dialogue on sport and the role of coaches in society. I am really proud of the work ENGSO has done on these fields, and that our suggestions were taken into the Council documents on the topics.
Gender equality was the focus of many events in the past months, and it makes me proud that ENGSO and its national members were part of four of them. The sweetest to my heart was the IOC Women and Sport Gala in Lausanne, where my dear friend and predecessor at ENGSO, Birgitta Kervinen received the World Trophy Award for her outstanding work on gender equality in sport in the past decades.
I would also like to point out a significant event in our life that will hopefully have some positive impacts on the broader scale: after a great meeting with the European Lotteries in their headquarters in Berlin, we extended our partnership for another two years. We both have a long-standing commitment towards a values-driven European grassroots sport, and we are upmost happy that we can continue our cooperation on the topic.
Year 2017 is almost over, and we are very much looking forward to 2018. With Bulgaria taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU and Sofia hosting the EU Sport Forum in March 2018, we will have the chance to learn and experience more about the culture of sport in this beautiful country.
I wish you all a really nice end of the year and a joyful festive season!