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Thousands of young athletes at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trained for success by IOC & Adecco

Between August 16th and 28th, 15 to 18 year-old athletes from all over the world attended workshops on time management and networking targeted to their talent and career development beyond sports and competition. A new digital app was introduced to better reach and keep in touch with these young athletes beyond the YOG.

Over the past 12 days more than 3,000 participated in workshops organized by the IOC Athlete Career Programme in cooperation with Adecco as part of the IOC’s Culture & Education Programme (CEP) at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. The IOC and Adecco educational programme aims at enhancing youngsters’ life skills and talent development, enabling them to become champions for life by learning from their peers as well as from Olympic role models. The & lsquo;Act on your Time’ exercise was designed to increase champions’ awareness and focus on good time management practices, while & lsquo;Balance your Act’ taught them how to effectively leverage the supportive network around them. These two workshops were presented in digital format, allowing youngsters to keep learning and getting guidance after the YOG.

Workshops were delivered by a team from Adecco, the IOC, and IOC Athletes’ Commission members, supported by 37 Athlete Role Models (ARMs). ARMs included many legendary Olympic and World champions such as Wu Minxia, Dwight Phillips and Am&eacutelie Caz&eacute who played a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to young athletes.

Frank Fredericks, IOC Member and Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires emphasized: “It is very important to stress the value of good time management skills to young athletes. With their school and training schedules, they are naturally managing their time already but when they retire from sport or finish their studies, they will even more appreciate to have these lessons from sports to refer back to.”

Patrick Glennon, Adecco Senior Vice President for the International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme said: “The Nanjing YOG surpassed our expectations. The IOC ACP team was able to make a difference to these athletes who showed greater awareness about how to balance sport, education, life skills and career considerations. For the ACP, it is of utmost importance to make athletes aware at an early age about what it takes to become and stay successful on and off the field of play and to develop a passion and a future beyond sports. The YOG provide an ideal setting for the ACP to raise awareness and help nurture Olympic hopefuls.” 

In 2016, the fourth Youth Olympic Games will take place in Lillehammer, Norway. In addition to our engagement through the IOC ACP, Adecco Norway will be a national sponsor of the event and provide its expertise to the Organising Committee in building its team toward the Games. This will also include recruiting of 2,500 volunteers who will be crucial to the success of the event.

Espen Lund, Athlete Career Programme & Sponsorship Manager, Adecco Norway commented: “The concept of the ’Learn & Share’ zone was a great experience as it combined information, reflection and increased awareness in a playful and entertaining way. Adecco Norway has been inspired to incorporate this important part of the Youth Olympic Games in the development of our sponsorship and as a supplier to the Lillehammer 2016 Organising Committee.”

Since 2005 and 2007 respectively, the Adecco Group has been working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to support elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes in their transition from sport to the labour market through career training and job placement. Since 2005, more than 15,000 athletes from over 100 countries have been involved in both Programmes. Agreements between National Olympic and Paralympic Committees and Adecco organisations have been in place since the global launch in 35 countries on five continents.


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