We are the European youth sport organisation, the autonomous youth organisation of the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO). ENGSO Youth focuses on the youth sport-for-all sector in Europe and represents young Europeans under the age of 35 in sports in 34 countries.
We are at the forefront of youth sport advocacy at European level. ENGSO Youth actively works on current youth sport issues (equal opportunities, fair play, fight against discrimination and doping, healthy lifestyle, social inclusion, sustainable development, volunteering, youth employment) with its member organisations (National Sport Confederations or National Olympic Committees), European institutions and partners from civil society.
We involve a growing number of young Europeans and organisations in our work to develop ENGSO Youth capacities in more European regions, foster cross-sector cooperation, and develop projects with long-lasting, multiplying and self-perpetuating effects on current youth sport issues to leave a lasting legacy.
What have we done so far in the field of social inclusion?
The youth of ENGSO has started to develop anti-racism tools as early as 2002. With the leadership of the German Sports Youth and the participation of sport organisations form Austria, Finland, Norway, UK, Czech Republic, and Latvia, a multilingual and transferable, computer-based youth leader education module has been created to raise awareness about discrimination, racism and xenophobia. The results of the project, namely video-clips and corresponding material, have been used to educate young leaders and coaches across Europe about the serious challenges sport organisations must be aware of. Through the anti-discrimination work of the ARCTOS project within the last almost 15 years, the material has been translated into several languages and been implemented in other countries, for example Serbia.
What is our role in the ASPIRE project?
ENGSO Youth will contribute to the development of the ASPIRE training module, especially in the field of intercultural dialogue with anti-discrimination measures. Furthermore, ENGSO Youth also has a role in communication and dissemination activities.
Who is the person involved on behalf of your organisation?
Serves as Secretary General for ENGSO Youth and as Focal Point for Science Policy Interface at United Nations’ Major Group for Children and Youth. Her main topics are humanitarian innovation, sustainable development and inclusion via new technologies, culture and sports.
Strongly committed to foster sport as a solution for development and peace, Nevena co-funded Youth Sport World – Global Working Group on UN-IOC cooperation. She is chairing Youth Council of International School Sport Federation.
Nevena is responsible for international management at National Olympic Committee of Serbia. She is board member of Belgrade Initiative for Digital and Public Diplomacy and One Young World Belgrade.
Prior to her career in sports development and international affairs, she did volleyball and biking, while she particularly excelled in Athletics. Currently, she is developing university rowing with Belgrade University Rowing Club.
Nevena holds master degree in International Relations. Alumni of IOAPA, BAMERC and UNA Serbia.
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