Looking to the future in Lillehammer
The Learn & Share project at Lillehammer 2016 will strive to provide invaluable guidance to young athletes as they seek to get the most from their sporting talents while planning for a successful professional life once they stop competing.
Considering life after competitive sport is a must for all young athletes. Already immersed in sporting pursuits that call for many hours of training and participation in demanding major national and international competitions such as the Winter Youth Olympic Games, youngsters also need to keep up with their studies and give serious thought to their future careers.
This is why the International Olympic Committee has teamed up with Adecco, to implement the IOC Athlete Career Programme, which offers resources and training to develop their life skills and maximise their education and employment opportunities.
Educating young athletes, both on and off the field of play, is one of the fundamental objectives of the Youth Olympic Games, and the Athlete Career Programme will make an invaluable contribution to their future professional lives.
The programme is built on three key pillars: life skills, education and employment. And YOG competitors will be able to make full use of the initiative during the Games in in Lillehammer.
Incorporated into the Learn & Share programme at Lillehammer 2016, the project was first trialled in June 2015, when students at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport (NTG) got a preview of what lies in store for the YOG athletes next February. As well as completing a variety of challenging practical tasks, they were introduced to various key aspects of the programme, such as learning the value of professional skills and understanding the benefits of planning for the future.