17 May 2018

On occasion of the 39th EOC Seminar in Belgrade, the Finnish Olympic Committee presented their new Sport Leadership programme, a legacy project of IOC World Trophy Winner Birgitta Kervinen and supported by the EOC.

The aim of this initiative is to transform the sport movement by creating a new generation of young women and men who have the power to make great changes with their ideas and actions.

From October 2018 to September 2019, 3 workshops and 1 conference will be organised, with the joint collaboration of the Lithuanian NOC, IOC, EOC, as well as the participation of 30 Mentoring Champions.

“To build an equal and modern culture of sport, it takes persistence. It takes concrete actions. It takes leaders who speak up!”, Birgitta Kervinen stated highlighting the need of an institutional transformation to achieve the goal of ethical leadership, including gender equality.

The target of the “New leaders programme” are women and men working in National Olympic Committees or in the Olympic Movement, as well as Olympians looking for career transition opportunities, who are eager to be part of this mission.

On the basis of personal motivation letters as well as support letters by the NOCs, 30 applicants will be shortlisted by the end of August 2018. The evaluation will be conducted by the NOC of Finland and the selection approved by EOC Gender Equality in Sport Commission.

To find out more and apply please contact the NOC of Finland at