In response to the initiative of the ISF European President, 28 ISF members representing 19 European countries gathered last weekend in Ayia Napa, Cyprus for the first ISF European Meeting.
“the core of ISF built on the DNA of sport values, friendly attitude and the acceptance of differences is incredible and only brings positive feedbacks for the youngsters” stated Mrs Kalli Hadjiosif – Inspector of Physical Education for Secondary Schools, Ministry of Education and Culture who officially opened the meeting. Before giving the floor to the ISF European President, Laurent Petrynka, ISF President affirmed the positive outcomes of the VISION2030 and his support for an ISF European Governance.
The entire meeting was led by the ISF European president, Nicos Megalemos who set the agenda under two key features, the VISION2030 and the governance of ISF Europe.
The VISION2030 was explained step by step to consult everyone and introduce any modifications suggested by the ISF European members. The age limit and gender equality, safety and risks management, youngsters involvement are a few of the many topics discussed.
The second part of the meeting focused on European issues; Romain Fermon, ISF Marketing&Communication Director, introduced a detailed presentation of the Erasmus+ Programme. An important point for the members who could apply for the organisation of ambitious European programmes with the support of Erasmus+ Programme. This discussion was followed by the establishment of a European Forum proposed by Charlie Raeburn, ISF assessor, which led to the issues about the governance of an ISF Europe.
The decision was unanimous; an ISF steering Committee was created to propose the future of the ISF Europe structure planned for the next European Meeting during the General Assembly.
The meeting finished with the presentation of the next two ISF European Championships (Football in 2016 and Badminton in 2017), a presentation of Special Olympics with the special presence of the athlete Chloe Demetriadou with whom the ISF has a MoU since September 2014.
Tackling that same topic, the School Sport Federation of Portugal presented a new ISF Championship project dedicated to young athletes with disabilities.
An ambitious meeting that will be reiterate once a year.