What you need to know about FISU (International University Sports Federation)

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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.

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).

The benefits for Academy participants go beyond the practical, educational and cultural, with the top attendees earning additional elite internship and scholarship opportunities. In 2017, five future leaders were chosen to work with FISU on the important operational legacy project at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.

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. This years’ international day of University sports event will be held on 20th September 2021 proclaimed by UNESCO

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