CIPC - YOUTH FORUM

The Pierre de Coubertin Forum takes place every two years, always in a different country. Each school can send up to 7 students (boys and girls) between the age of 16 and 18 plus 1 accompanying teacher. The CIPC supports the Coubertin Schools with materials they can use in lessons and which serve as preparation for the Youth Forum. Together with the IOC, the CIPC supports the stay at the venue financially; the participants mostly reside in youth hostels. Each participating school pays for their own travelling expenses.
The Youth Forum is not only meant to be an opportunity for young people to experience cultural exchange and to meet people from different parts of the world, the Youth Forum, too, has been filled with content on basis of Coubertin’s educational ideas. Therefore, the CIPC developed the international Coubertin-Award. It consists of 5 different performances and, as individual achievement test, has been the centre of attention during each Youth Forum.
The 5 performances are

  1. Knowledge about Coubertin, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Values
  2. Sport practice performances
    • Cross country race
    • Long jump
    • Discus or javelin throwing
    • Swimming
  1. Arts performance as individual or group presentation
  2. Social performance: activities at home during the months before the Youth Forum, e.g. support people who need help, protection of environment, leaders  in youth commissions, sports clubs etc.
  3. Debating clubs about relevant aspects of Olympism
    • ethical values (e.g. fair play, internationalism, solidarity, all sport games, citius-altius-fortius)
    • dangers (e.g. doping, instrumentalizing athletes, north-south-conflict, inequality of technical conditions)
    • general questions about Olympic Games

The Coubertin-Award has the inscription:
 “voir loin, parler franc, agir ferme “, which means “see afar, speak frankly, act firmly”.
Those students, who have already achieved the Coubertin Award and have received the medal, report, that they since then feel obliged to this motto in the sense of an independent way of life.

Until today, the following Youth Forums took place:

1997 | Le Havre (France)
100 participants gathered for one week, 10 students and 2 teachers from each school. At the same time the CIPC Congress “Coubertin – The Future of Olympism” took place and united Coubertin experts from 30 different countries.
The Youth Forum participants took part in venues of the Congress in Le Havre and visited Geoffrey de Navacelle de Coubertin in his castle in Mirville, which still is the ancestral seat of the Coubertin Family.
The IOC president Samaranch himself awarded the successful participants with the Coubertin-Award at the end of the Youth Forum.

1999 | Much Wenlock (England)
Coubertin visited the Much Wenlock Olympian Games in 1890 and became considerably motivated for his idea of international Olympic Games by William Brookes. During his stay, Coubertin planted an oak there and by the end of the Youth Forum in 2005, the participating Coubertin schools received a cutting from that tree for their own school garden.

2001 | Lausanne (Suisse)
The Lausanne Forum emphasised the topics Olympic History, the structure of the IOC and integrated the Olympic Museum as a teaching centre. For the first time 8 Australian students participated in this Youth Forum. They were the ones who won the national Coubertin-School-Award in one of the 8 Australian provinces, and as a reward for their achievements, were sent to Lausanne. This is a model, which could be adapted by other countries, too. Since then, the Australian students visit another European Coubertin School as their guests after the Youth Forum for another week (2001 Erfurt, 2003 Berlin, 2005 Tabor, 2007 Piešt’any).

2003 | Arenzano (Italy)
Africans participated in that Youth Forum for the first time. Arenzano concentrated on the topic of “Environment and Sport”. The unique “Environmental Education Center” in Arenzano offered a great variety of visual aids to support the aim. The topic of environmental protection was integrated as an Olympic value in the Olympic Charter in 1994.

2005 | Radstadt (Austria)
Here the emphasis was put on “self confidence and self governance of young people through Olympism and Sport”. Radstadt has set a good example, as they integrated the whole school and the local community in the Youth Forum. IOC director Thomas Sithole was present and held two special sessions with the teachers about their Olympic education activities and experiences.

FORUM REPORT Radstadt 2005

2007 | Tábor (Czech Republic)
Tábor’s main subject was “Olympism in school reality – think globally, act locally”. Sports and cultural activities were the most important parts. The cultural heritage of Bohemia was given a wonderful background.

FORUM REPORT Tábor 2007

6th Forum Pierre de Coubertin 2007 - Film:

by Cyril Gerauld (FRA)

2009 | Ancient Olympia (Greece)
We are coming back to the origins of the ancient and modern Olympic Games. The International Olympic Academy and the Coubertin High Schools of Athens-Pallini, Pyrgos and the Junior High School of Ancient Olympia will be important partners. Olympias’s main subject was "Youth and the Olympics".

FORUM REPORT Olympia 2009 (english)

7th Forum Pierre de Coubertin 2009 - Films:

by Cyril Gerauld (FRA) Part1Part2 Part3

by Carolis Spinkis (GER)

The Youth Forum Times (newsletter) english

2011 | Beijing (China)
The new Coubertin High School (High School no. 4) invited the CIPC to held the Youth Forum 2011 in Beijing.

8th Forum Pierre de Coubertin 2011 - Films:

by CHN

by SVK

Youth Forum Insider (newsletter) english chinese

2013 | Lillehammer (NOR)
The GAUSDAL VIDEREGÅENDE SKOLE - PIERRE DE COUBERTIN invited the CIPC to held the Youth Forum 2013 in Lillehammer. Gausdal’s main subject was "Youth and the Olympics. Sustainable Development and Closeness to Nature".

FORUM REPORT Lillehammer 2013 (english)

9th Forum Pierre de Coubertin 2013 - Film:

2015 | Piešt’any (SVK)
The Gymnazium of Pierre de Coubertin invited the CIPC to held the Youth Forum 2015 in Piešt’any/Slovakia.

Here you can find the website for the CIPC Youth Forum 2015.

FORUM REPORT Piešt’any 2015 (english)

10th Forum Pierre de Coubertin 2015 - Film: