FISU Volunteer Leaders’ Academy wraps up in Kazan
KAZAN, Russia – During the seven days of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2019, student activists representing 80 continental and National University Sports Federations mastered new skills and shared experiences, as part of the forum’s educational activities. The Academy’s main outcomes are volunteer programme projects and concepts for 12 World University Championships taking place in 2020.
This year, celebrations planned for the International Day of University Sports were another focal point on the Academy’s agenda. During the seven intense and productive days, the attendees participated in various activities, including workshops, round-table discussions, contests, group projects, and more.
FISU’s international experts as well as representatives of some organising committees like Ekaterinburg 2023 Summer Universiade and World University Championships 2020 delivered speeches at the forum. Azat Kadyrov, Director General of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects Kazan, also contributed with his expert opinion on the various projects.
Particular attention was paid to the results of the FISU Student Ambassadors’ efforts during the last year. Twenty attendees of the 2018 Academy took the opportunity to return to Kazan and share best practices with their future colleagues.
“I did not expect so many people from different countries. I know FVLA is really big event but this opportunity to meet so many cultures was great!” said a delighted Tobiasz Nowacki, a participant from Poland (left, with the FISU President). “Working in teams during the training sessions was really amazing,” he added. “I learnt so much about how people think and also about volunteer programmes from around the world.”
FISU President Oleg Matytsin congratulated the Academy participants on the successful event, saying “You are our future. I hope that now, after the Academy, it is becoming more and more clear to you. Your knowledge is valuable both for you and your national federations, your countries. We are sure that returning home, you will remain friends, and the connections you have built at the forum, will get stronger with time,” he added. “At FISU, we are happy to support you in what you do and make every effort possible on our part to bring university sports to a new level worldwide. Take the best of everything you’ve been taught here with you. Be true FISU family members and ambassadors!”
Upon the completion of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2019, more than 80 participants who successfully completed the training were granted the status of FISU Student Ambassadors.
The FVLA was founded in 2017 by FISU and the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The aim of the Academy is to build a strong, vibrant volunteering community that shares opinions and best practices in the delivery of volunteer programmes and projects supporting major sporting events.