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The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy is an educational forum 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 91 countries to the Russian sports city.


At the academy, global collections of emerging sport management leaders have an intense and cultured 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 the 2013 Summer Universiade, FINA World Championships, multiple World Cups and the FIFA World Cup 2018 which will take place immediately after the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy event. 


At the 27th Summer Universiade, 64 sports venues were used in Kazan, 30 of which were newly constructed. The Kazan Universiade was the largest in FISU’s history with 7,980 athletes from 160 countries competing in 351 medal events.


World-renowned experts from FISU, the International Olympic Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), as well as operations managers from several other global sports events make up the Academy’s education team.

Classroom instruction during the first edition of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

Alongside the Academy sessions, the young leaders are set with a group project that they present to an evaluation panel of sports officials headlined by FISU President Oleg Matytsin. In 2017, 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 selection of attendees is a multi-layered process. Every National University Sports Federation is able to choose one candidate to represent its country at the Academy. General requirements for participants are to have volunteer experience, English skills and to receive a recommendation from their National University Sports Federation.

For the 2018 edition of the Academy, all 174 FISU member federations received the invitation to nominate a young leader from their country to attend the academy free of charge; the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy covers the plane tickets to and from Kazan, full board accommodation and a free scholarship to attend the Academy courses for all attendees.


The benefits for Academy participants goes 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 an importance operational legacy project at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.

Another five Academy attendees earned a scholarship for an all-expense paid weeklong immersive English language course in Cambridge, USA. The top 2018 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy participants will also be offered some career and educational opportunities. What will these be? Attendees will find out on their first day of this year’s event in Kazan, which will take place from the 14-22 June 2018.

Sunset on the city of Kazan


Here’s what the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2017 participants had to say about last year’s event:


Timothy Derry, Trinidad and Tobago

I've become a fan of sports, of the students’ movement, FISU and its values. Your origin, skin color, nationality and religion make no difference for the International University Sports Federation. What's in your heart - that's what really matters.


Vampa Agustín, Argentina

We need to network more, this is the only way to break down stereotypes and put an end to the confrontations. The events such as the FISU Volunteers Leaders Academy and sports volunteering in general are great tools in doing it.


Darya Trihubava, Belarus

It feels we know each other for ages, we are so close now, and we have so much in common. I'm grateful to FISU and the Organising Committee for the opportunity to be in the central hub of world sport, and to be surrounded by close friends


Want to be part of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy and become a FISU Ambassador for the coming years? Get in touch with your National University Sports Federation. All contact details can be found here.

While the sun may have set on Kazan hosting the Summer Universiade in 2023, the spirit of the event lives on in the city. Attendees to the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy will certainly feel this within the capital city of Tatarstan.