It wouldn’t be Friday if we didn’t bring you a #FridayFocus story and what better than celebrating the EHF Youth Leadership Festival. During four days, 44 young leaders from all over Europe have gathered to improve their leadership skills and knowledge about other hockey countries.

They have presented their very own projects, which were truly inspiring. Also, they’ve had the opportunity to hear from some of the world`s most respected people in hockey: Ugne Chmeliauskaité, Sofie Gierts, Stephan Haumann, Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh, Scorrd, Selfpass; Laurine Delforge and Marcin Grochal.

Wales:  Alice Gregory and Holly Morgan

Turkey: Sinem Alpakan

Switzerland: Sofie Stomps and Jonas Verest

Sweden: Gunaj Zulfiyeva and André Christopher Amilon

Spain : Sergio Olles Porta

Slovenia: Iva Marič

Serbia: Klaudia Csizmadia and Adam Losonci

Russia: Oksana Vakulchik

Portugal: Patrícia Filipa Gonçalves Ângelo and Johannes Michiel Kodde

Netherlands: Anne van den Boomen and Hugo Uitdehaag

Malta: Bernice Calleja and John Henry Williams

Ireland: Feena O’Leary and Sarah Campion

Germany: Cäcilia Hensel

France: Chloé Raffy  and Enzo Saleine

Finland: Martina Wilkinson and Johannes Lassila

England: Helen Windsor and Jeevan Chagger

Denmark: Iben Weigel Jensen and Jeppe Frank Pilgren

Czech Republic: Tereza Pazlarová and Marek Zgraja

Croatia: Petra Hrupec  and Josip Briski

Belgium:  Jules Weyts

Belarus: Katsiaryna Dukhovich

Belarus: Sivoplyas Sergey

Individual presentations were about how each one of them was involved in coaching, communication, umpiring and different areas of hockey. While developing their oral expression skills it was also the opportunity to share ideas and connect with other people. Though most importantly, the young leaders have shown and confirmed what an amazing passion we share: Hockey.

Guest speakers inspired the European Youth and gave them self-improvement and leadership tips. Kate Walsh: ”Everyone can be leaders and everybody needs to lead”, as for Helen Richardson said: “We all have the ability to lift people up and tell them what they are good at.”

Also, two of the most innovative companies related to hockey Scorrd and Self-Pass shared their entrepreneurship story and advice.

The full list:

Marijke Fleuren

EHF President, FIH Vice President, IOC Women in Sport Comission

Marcin Grochal

World Panel Umpire, EHF UDP Graduate

Oriol Scorrd

Co-Founder of Scorrd, ex Spanish international player

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Gold Medal Olympian, EHF Hall of Famer

Helen Richardson-Walsh

Gold Medal Olympian, EHF ParaHockey Ambassador

Laurine Delforge

World Panel Umpire, UDP graduate, umpired the Olympic Final in Rio

Stephan Hauman

Ex FIH Youth Panel Member, part of the German Men’s Coaching team

Sofie Gierts

Ex Belgian International, Head coach R.Antwerp Hockey Club, EHF Coach Educator

Bernardo Fernandes

Founder of Self-Pass, Head Coach of Portugal, EHF Coach Educator

Self Pass Skillerz (x4)

Global Game Changers – “We are changing the game. Join us!”

It is important to point out that these young leaders did not just come to Antwerp for the fun. They came to create chaos, which ignites a new fire and provides fuel to inject even more passion into the EHF.

These young leaders are here now and they have lots of ideas and creative solutions. Whether it being someone from a small or big hockey nation, they all inspired each other equally. And that is exactly what the Youth Leadership Festival is about:

Amazing people inspiring each other – equally.

“The chaos must go on”