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13 June 2018 | in FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy set to open its doors for the second time

KAZAN —More than 110 aspiring sports management professionals from 92 countries are set to arrive tomorrow in the city of Kazan, home of the 2013 Summer Universiade, for the second edition of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Volunteer Leaders Academy.


The Academy is an education forum that serves as a key part of the international sports and volunteer movement. As a global collection of emerging sports management leaders, delegates will take part in an intensive but cultured programme that includes lectures, round-table discussions and networking opportunities.

Academy attendees visited world-class sports venues and competitions at the 2017 edition. In 2018 and with the FIFA World Cup starting during the event, participants can expect a similar experience

Academy attendees will also be taken “behind the scenes” at a number of world-class sports facilities that were used for the 2013 Summer Universiade, FINA World Championships and multiple World Cup competitions across a myriad of sports.


With Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the eyes of the sports world will be focused on Kazan, and delegates will have the opportunity to learn alongside this global event.

More than 110 delegates from 92 countries are arriving in city of Kazan, home of the 2013 Summer Universiade, for the second edition of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

“At every sporting event in the world, be it a major international spectacle or a local competition, volunteers are the foundation that make it all possible,” FISU President Oleg Matytsin said, ahead of the Academy’s official opening. “We have seen at our own events the power of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who go out of their way to help the athletes and spectators in attendance.


“The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy, which began here in Kazan last year, is focused on developing the next generation of leaders and volunteers, through lectures and discussions led by industry experts from the world of sport.”

So stoked to have earned an internship to intern with FISU during the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, Trinidad and Tobago's Timothy King-Derry gives FISU President Oleg Matytsin a hug during the 2017 awards ceremony

Distinguished industry experts from FISU, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as well as operations managers from several other global sports events and leading communication professionals, will make up this year’s FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy education team.


The selection of attendees was a multi-layered process, with every FISU Member Association able to choose one candidate to represent their country or continent at the Academy. General requirements for participants are for delegates to have volunteering experience and basic English skills, and to have received a recommendation from their National University Sports Federation (NUSF).

Dedicated courses on media training, press operations and best practices on how to generate positive news coverage is again part of the 2018 Academy curriculum

Nominated attendees participate at the Academy free of charge, as the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy covers the cost of plane tickets to and from Kazan, full board accommodation and a free tuition scholarship for all courses.


The benefits for Academy participants goes beyond the practical, educational and cultural, with the top attendees earning additional elite internship and scholarship opportunities.


“It is my hope that, through the Academy, delegates will not only learn from these classes and seminars but that they will learn from each other, make lifelong friendships and continue on their journey to becoming the leaders of tomorrow,” President Matytsin added.

Delegates will take part in a programme that includes lectures, round-table discussions and networking opportunities