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Source: DOSB The General Assembly of the German Sports Youth (dsj) elected Michael Leyendecker as 1st Chairman last Saturday (October 24). The digital General Assembly of the German Sports Youth (dsj) was held digitally for the first time on Saturday, October 24, 2020. In a four and a half hour event, the new CEO was primarily elected. Michael Leyendecker is the new 1st chairman of the German Sports Youth (dsj). The 33-year-old teacher was elected by the delegates of the member organizations with 52 percent. His opponent, Stefan Raid, received 46.2% of the vote. Leyendecker comes from the Deutsche Turnerjugend and is committed, among other things, to the expansion of voluntary services, children’s rights and well-being and the promotion of young people’s involvement in sports structures. With his election he is a member of the DOSB Presidium. After Jan Holze no longer ran for office at the dsj due to his new position as full-time director of the new German Foundation for Commitment and Volunteering, he thanked everyone who had supported him over the past few years – especially the four years as 1st chairman – supported and accompanied. “I congratulate my successor Michael Leyendecker and personally wish him all the best. He and the entire new board of directors good luck with their commitment and the continuation of all started projects for children and young people in sport ”. Michael Leyendecker thanked the delegates for their trust and the transfer of the task of leading the German Sports Youth as chairman for the next two years. “I myself grew up in children’s and youth sports and I am now very happy to be able to bring my experience, but also new ideas and goals, to the work of the dsj. As the newly elected executive board, we have been given the task of making a difference over the next two years. We will do that! ”The delegates confirmed Benny Folkmann (41) from Munich, who represents the German Football Association, as the 2nd chairman of the German Sports Youth. Kirsten Hasenpusch (28), German Motorsport Youth, is a board member responsible for finance. The board members Tobias Dollase (47) from Sportjugend Berlin and Luca Wernert (22, Special Olympics) were re-elected. Carolin Giffhorn (23) from Sportjugend Niedersachsen and Henrietta Weinberg (24) from the German Judo Association are new to the board. Christina Gassner (44) is also a member of the board as dsj managing director. Christin Wunderlich from Sportjugend Sachsen-Anhalt was no longer running for the dsj board. Paul Werner (22) of the Sports Youth Saxony narrowly missed the election to the board as another candidate. Successful implementation of the first digital general assembly This year’s general assembly of German sports youth was carried out digitally for the first time due to the ongoing corona pandemic. Parts of the board and the conference committee met in Cologne in compliance with all hygiene measures or were connected digitally. The officially registered delegates of the dsj member organizations took part online and were able to vote for the new board via the digital voting booth. Guests and interested parties could follow the live stream of the event. The invited guests of honor, Dr. Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, Prime Minister Armin Laschet and DOSB President Alfons Hörmann had their say in a pre-recorded greeting. The family minister had also conducted an interview with three young delegates from the three pillars of derdsj in advance, which was included in the event. In addition to the election of the board of directors, the report of the board of directors for the period from October 2019 to October 2020, the report on the 2019 annual financial statements and the adoption of the business plan for 2021 were on this year’s agenda. The delegates of the general assembly approved the dsj board by a large majority. With an equally large majority, they approved the business plan for 2021 with a budget volume of around 15.5 million euros. In addition, the general assembly decided to change the dsj youth regulations in four points. Michael Leyendecker drew a very positive summary of the event. “With the successful first digital general assembly, the dsj has broken new ground and thus done real pioneering work in association work in children and youth sports.” (Source: dsj)


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