By Edward Tumusiime
The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) is an educational event that serves as a key part of the international sports and volunteering movement held in the Summer Universiade city of Kazan.
The inaugural 2017 event brought together 110 volunteer leaders from 90 countries to the Russian sports City and over 111 in the second edition from 92 countries.
There are always two sessions every year, that’s the June and September Sessions.
The June Sessions are always conducted online via the zoom technology while the September session is conducted in Kazan, Russia but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it may not be held on the ground but online just like the recently concluded sessions of June.
At the academy, emerging sport management leaders receive an intense program that includes lectures, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. Academy attendees are also brought “behind-the-house” to many first-class sports facilities used at top-level sports events to develop their knowledge and competence around the management of volunteers in sports events.
The aim of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy is to create a volunteering community around the world that could share the best global practices in volunteer projects in all kinds of sports events. In order to do that, all the values of university sport: excellence, teamwork, innovation, the joy of sport and integrity.
Alongside the Academy sessions, young leaders are set with a group project that they present to an evaluation panel of sports officials.
In recent editions, Academy attendees centred their work on how to further the University Sports movement on their campuses and communities through the International Day of University Sport (IDUS), a FISU initiative endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Many University Students from Uganda have benefited from this program for example in 2018 students from Makerere University got a chance of attending the 2018 World Cup in Russia under the FUSU Volunteer Leaders Academy.
The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2021 June Sessions which was held yesterday 19th June and today 20th June 2021 involved our own Aupal Emmanuel a final year student at Makerere University.
According to Aupal Emmanuel, the FVLA June session ended well with a massive turn up of Ambassadors and participants across the globe, great presentations, interactions, they shared a lot of ideas regarding sports development across Universities.
He also added that it was an introductory session so they will have the next FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2 session in September which was supposed to be on-site in September in Russia as earlier mentioned but unfortunately due to the COVID 19 pandemic it will also happen online