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Promoting university sport values with dynamic, emerging leaders 

 

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 programme 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, 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.

 

LATEST SUMMER FISU VOLUNTEER LEADERS ACADEMY NEWS

Facts & Figures from the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

  • Duration: up to 7 days

  • Scale: an average of 100 participants

  • Reach: over 90 countries

  • Frequency: every year

  • Participants: students (under 25 years old) from all over the world

  • Tradition: held annually since 2017

  • The 2020 edition was held online with introductory sessions on 22-23 June and the main sessions from 4 to 6 September 

  • Programme: conferences, workshops, exchange of experience, cultural exchange, group projects and much more

     

     

"For me, the most interesting part of the FVLA this year was the ability to learn, grow and make worldwide connections even through the current circumstances. Learning about how leadership and sports participation can have a large positive impact on individuals and the world was truly an eye opening experience!”

Jacob James Mulholland, New Zealand, FISU Student Ambassador 2020

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Highlights from previous FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy events