The Laureus Sport for Good European Summit, hosted in partnership with the Swedish Postcode Foundation, brought together more than 50 programme leaders from organisations across Europe who use sport to change the lives of young people. The event took place in the sporting surroundings of Bosön on the outskirts of Stockholm, a picturesque campus which serves as a training facility for many of Sweden’s leading and aspiring athletes.
“I’m leaving here with hope. Where there is sport, there is hope,” said Pete Edwards from The Running Charity, a Manchester-based organisation using running to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem in homeless youth. Speaking at the Laureus Sport for Good European Summit, the Mancunian offered poignant words in light of recent news from the city.
Legendary football coach Fabio Capello attended the summit, joining small group conversations and learning about the day-to-day work of the programme leaders in attendance. The football coach offered his own personal experience of football in countries across Europe, before delivering a motivational message to programme leaders, encouraging them to instil a winning mentality within their organisations.
“Throughout my playing and managing career, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that sport can have,” said Capello. “It brings people together, gives them a common purpose and instils confidence in young people. I always worked in organisations with a winning mentality; I encourage you to adopt a winning mentality within your organisations. Be the best you can for the youth.”