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Inclusion, advocacy & equality - cornerstones of FIVB involvement in Youth Camp

The YLP was designed to allow youth to learn the role of sport in development and peace, and apply their learning to real-life situations in their communities.
Macolin, Switzerland, May 25, 2013 - The fifth Youth Leadership Program (YLP) conducted by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) for youth aged 20 to 25 was brought to a successful conclusion on Saturday in the Swiss town of Macolin.

The programme included a one day workshop and was attended by FIVB Hero Ines Granvorka (21 year old outside hitter for the Swiss National Women’s Volleyball Team) and her father Severin Granvorka (former France national team player).

The objective of the YLP is to support deserving young community workers who work with basic education levels and limited resources, by providing them with access to theoretical and practical training on how sport can be better used to effect positive change in their communities. Previous programmes were held in Doha, Qatar in January 2012 and 2013 and Hennef, Germany in June 2012.

The eleven-day camp in Macolin featured a theme per day, covering sport and gender, inclusion with people with disabilities, education, peace, event planning, and programme development. A team of experts and experienced practitioners facilitated the different activities.

This was the second programme to be held in Macolin with the first being held in September/October of 2012. It was the first to be conducted in French, with participants coming from a range of French speaking African countries and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Participants were chosen to attend the programme as young leaders who are involved with sports related initiatives in their respective communities and home countries. In the one-day workshop run by the FIVB, they were taught basic volleyball skills and techniques. Ines and Severin Granvorka were also on hand to talk candidly about the importance of being a sporting role model and ways in which volleyball’s core values of ‘Inclusion, advocacy and equality’ can be furthered in local communities.

The UNOSDP conducted the programme in collaboration with the international NGO, Right to Play and the Swiss Sports Federation. In addition to the involvement of the FIVB Heroes campaign, other participating organisations and companies included the International Paralympic Committee, the International Judo Federation, the International Table Tennis Federation, Play & Train,, Inspirasport, Peace Players International, Football Club Basel 1893 and their partner Scort Foundation, and the sportswear company 361 Degrees International. 

Mr Wilfried Lemke, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace addressed the young participants at the opening ceremony.

“Sport is a powerful tool in promoting gender equality, inclusion of people with disabilities, world peace and development, both by mega-event as shown during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and day-to-day community activities. As such, the programme helps the young community leaders better take advantage of sport from grassroots to facilitate positive changes social changes,” he said.


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