the flower girls or organising shifts. Some of these tasks were not managerial tasks, and 78.4 percent answered that they did not get a leadership role. 4.5 percent answered “do not know.” This probably reflects the modest score on the statement “The educational programme was relevant to the work I did during the Youth Olympic Games.” Looking at the difference between those who had leadership responsibilities (17%) and those who did not, it is clear that those with leadership responsibilities were more positive. The following comments clarify the negativity of those who did not get a more central role during the event itself: “I didn’t get to use the things I’d learned, since I didn’t get much responsibility” (Female, b. 1998), and “The things we learned at the course for young leaders had no relevance for the event. I’ve done nothing, and I didn’t get any leadership responsibilities either; like we were told that we would” (Male, b. 1999).
Several young leaders expected more central positions in the event as in the start-up courses it was announced that all participants would be offered a leadership role during the Games. The leaders of the courses and LYOGOC could not keep these promises, as organising and managing an event such as the Youth Olympic Games requires a great deal of experience – something the youth did not have. Most of the participants were simply too young and inexperienced to handle big responsibilities. The fact that young people were given less responsibility than they were promised was widely accepted by several of them, while others reacted negatively. Like this girl: The leaders of the programme “Young Leaders” promised more than they could deliver. That’s the impression I’m left with. They promised that the young leaders should be assigned leadership responsibilities and important tasks, but being a changing room attendant, is that a task that requires a long education or a task with a lot of responsibility? No. This was very disappointing, as it was repeatedly said that the young leaders would get great jobs with a lot of responsibility (Female, b. 1997).
What happened to the young leaders after the Youth Olympic Games? NIF and LYOGOC communicated the programme as an important part of the legacy of the Youth Olympic Games on several different platforms. The communicated plan – when the education programme started – was that participants should bring their experiences after the Games to a club and/or team. The participants were asked about their life after the Games, and the answers are shown in Table 19.