Youth Sport Trust legacy launches at global conference

Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:28
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

John Steele, the Youth Sport Trust's Chief Executive Officer, takes to the stage at the global sports conference Doha Goals in Qatar today to set out a key part of the Youth Sport Trust's Olympic legacy commitment called Lead your generation.

A key aspect of Lead your generation will be young people developing legacy plans for their schools by building on the Young Ambassador initiative - which sees young people using the Olympic and Paralympic values to inspire others. Through Lead your generation, Young Ambassadors will co-ordinate sports festivals, activities and events that are ultimately driven by young people to inspire their peers.

John will be joined on stage in Doha by 18 year old William Finnie and 17 year old Abda Kazemi - two Young Ambassadors who have worked hard in their schools and communities to inspire others through London 2012 and the power of sport.

Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, John Steele, said: "Doha Goals is the perfect opportunity to highlight the important work of the Young Ambassador programme and set out how we are putting young people at the heart of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

"Lead your generationwill build on the success of the Young Ambassador programme by continuing to empower young people to be role models and make a difference in their schools and communities. It will also ensure there is a clear legacy plan in schools which draws together and embeds the work of the Youth Sport Trust to support that."

At Doha Goals 400 young people from schools and universities around the world will take part in debates and brainstorming sessions and interact with some of their sporting role models. The students will be from more than 40 academic institutions in 30 countries, including China, Turkey, India, Kenya, Brazil, USA, France, and the UK.

Speakers at Doha Goals include Directors and CEO's of major sporting organisations across the world, as well as Olympic and Parlympic stars including swimmer Ian Thorpe and sprinter Oscar Pistorius.

Speaking at the event 18 year old William Finnie, who was selected as a Young Ambassador in 2009, said: It's been great to listen to the speakers so far and hear their views about important topics and issues in sport. After seeing the number of people and scale of the event, it's certainly building up the nerves for when we speak."

17 year old Abda Kazemi from Mayfield School in Redbridge has tweeted live from Doha: 'What a large group of like minded people. It's great to know sport is bringing people from different parts of the world together."

Source: ©Youth Sport Trust

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