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Youth Leadership Program lands in Sweden

25 June 2013
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YLP Sweden participants in their first class.

The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace’s (UNOSDP) flagship sports initiative, the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) started in Stockholm this morning. Held over 12 days, (25 June-6 July), the YLP  provides thirty 18-25 year olds with the skills and education required for them to return home and be sporting role models in their communities.

This is the 3rd YLP of 2013, following successful events in Qatar and the most recent, the first French speaking YLP in Switzerland. The participants will travel from a variety of different countries and cultures. It is this blend of experiences and backgrounds that make these YLP meetings unique. Participants will originate from, Zambia, Pakistan, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, Bosnia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Barbados, Kenya and Palestine.

The Swedish YLP will be based at the Bosön Sports Academy. The academy is primarily used as the training facility for many Swedish athletes. But for 12 days it will also be the temporary home for these 30 participants. Joining them at Bosön will be a mixture of sport organizations including Federations and NGO’s. These partners include, Play and Train, International Judo Federation, International Table Tennis Federation, Fryshuset, Boxgirls, Inspirasport, Futebol dá força, Sotckholm City, Djurgårdens IF Football club and the clothing partner 361 Degree Sport Clothing. Overall facilitation is provided by Right to Play and co-organizers are the Johan Cryff Institute for Sport Studies.

 Host partners Bosön are really excited to be hosting this event on their Swedish island.

 “We are delighted to be hosting the Youth Leadership Program here in Sweden. The opportunity to organise such an event here at the Stockholm’s Bosön Sports Academy is a privilege. Our committed staff will be on hand to make the participants stay as comfortable as possible.”

 Cryuff institute Sweden representative, Anders Severin is looking forward to the start of the YLP.

 “The Cryff Institute Sweden is dedicated to educating people about the usefulness of sport as tool to promote positive social change and development. We are extremely happy to be organising this event for these young community leaders from around the World. This will be a great opportunity for us to showcase exactly what Sweden and Stockholm has to offer in sports education.”



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