Youth Leadership Committee set plans in place for 2025

EuroHockey’s Youth Leadership Committee had its first face-to-face last week in Brussels as the new group came together to set in place plans for the next two years.

The committee is responsible the safeguarding of the EuroHockey Institute’s Youth Leadership programmes and giving youth a voice in EuroHockey.

The primary focus of their initial meeting was the Youth Leadership Festival in 2025 which will take place alongside the EuroHockey Championships in Mönchengladbach.

During the discussions, the group evaluated the previous festival, held at the same location, and looked at how they could improve things and ensure the festival creates a lasting legacy beyond the five-day event.

The group also discussed a topic they are passionate about, supporting female coaches, talking about some of the barriers faced by women entering coaching and considered ways to combat the issue.

Following these discussions, the group will lead on sessions to spread awareness at both the executive leadership forum, set to take place in spring 2025, and the youth leadership festival later in the year.

Furthermore, the group also evaluated the ongoing Youth Leadership Certificate and the National Youth Leadership Programmes that EuroHockey is supporting.

Poland’s Karolina Rozkres is among the new members of the committee and is thrilled to be part of this group giving youth a voice in the sport she has played since she was five-years-old.

“The group really included me as the newcomer as most of them know each other from before,” she said.

“The key things that we spoke about were mainly about the upcoming 2025 festival and women’s coaching initiative. It was nice to let our imagination be wild and create the best hockey related event possible.

“⁠For my Youth Panel targets, I hope to encourage and work with more and more young people from around Europe.

“I have faith that we can unite, create beautiful things and inspire one another with different values and points of views. Also I hope that by encouraging young people to panels like this one, we can put more life and vitality into hockey environment.”

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