EUSA had representatives at the most-recent HL4A initiative meeting ©EUSA

HealthyLifestyle4All (HL4A), a campaign launched by the European Commission and supported by the European University Sports Association (EUSA), has held an event for young people to give suggestions on sport.

The Sport Unit of the European Commission hosted the HL4A Youth Ideas Lab on August 28 and 29 at the directorate-general for education and culture headquarters in Brussels.

This was a working meeting of youth delegates and is a follow-up of the launch of the Youth Ideas Labs during the European Union Sport Forum in Lille in June.

It will also present the main outcomes in the build-up to the European Week of Sport in Prague this month.

The Brussels event started with networking sessions in Park Leopold, recapping the previous work done in Lille.

The following day had introductions from European Commission head of sport Floor Van Houdt, deputy head Marisa Fernandez Esteban and policy officers Thomas Kukal - who coordinated the Youth Ideas Lab - Ignazio Cocchiere and Stefano Pintus.

EUSA representatives met with members of the European Commission ©EUSA
EUSA representatives met with members of the European Commission ©EUSA

Career opportunities at the European Commission, European Parliament and the European Council were discussed too.

There were suggestions from young people to make the initiative more inclusive with more focus on subtopics such as mental health, digital health, transgender youth, skills development and volunteering.

EUSA was represented at the event by six young people - Flobena Nikolli from Albania, Marianna Pikul of Poland, Portugal's Filipa Godinho, Sara Gaspar from Hungary, Mariano Carcatella of Slovenia and Federico Palumbo of Italy.

Carolina de Sousa a Sa of Portugal, Leonardo Mikac from Croatia and Slovenia's Andrej Pisl were in attendance too, representing the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation.