The Youth Sport Trust, through its international arm the Top Foundation, has been announced as a key delivery partner for the ground-breaking United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace (UNOSDP) Youth Leadership Programme.
The UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme aims to empower young people from disadvantaged parts of the world by getting them involved in grassroots sports through the facilitation of youth camps worldwide.
The camps are designed to give training to young leaders to provide them with the skills to undertake sport for development activities in their own communities.
Six global camps are planned for this year with the Youth Sport Trust set to deliver the leadership content for each. The first took place in the Republic of Korea last month (February) with 30 young people from around the world participating in activities over a two week period.
The second camp in now underway in Japan (3-14 March) with further camps to follow in Germany, Colombia, USA and Sweden later this year.
Youth Sport Trust Director of Fundraising Helen Vost said: "We are delighted to be involved with the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme and to be delivering the leadership curriculum at the camps across the world.
"The objectives of the UNDOSDP camps are to train and support outstanding young leaders from developing countries to learn the skills of leading, developing and managing sport for development programmes.
"This means that on their return to their own countries, they use the power of sport as a problem solving mechanism to address crucial social issues such as HIV-aids, gender inequality, gang violence and crime. We are very proud to be playing a leading role in this important project."
UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke said: "The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace is thankful to have the Youth Sport Trust as a strong partner, who shares our goal of giving young leaders a platform for development and an empowerment that they can then transfer to their communities in their countries.
"We have been getting some great feedback about the YST sessions from the participants, and we believe this training will leave a lasting, valuable legacy for numerous communities around the world".
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