The WSCs season is about to start and this year is going to be full of new challenges that we will positively face with all our members. Before the season starts we are curious to hear from our National members what they think about the role of education in sports and what does it mean for a young athlete to compete at an international level. This week we have Josip Kosutic on the mike. Josip is the young and dynamic organizing manager of the Futsal WSC in Porec, Croatia.
How relevant are sports for the education of youngsters in your opinion?
- It is essential to provide every child with the opportunity to engage in sports at school and to include as many children as possible in school sports activities from earliest age, especially nowadays because students have a more sedentary life. Sport must be a constituent part of the education system, not just simply as a curriculum subject. We have to provide students with extracurricular sport activities as much as we can and give them a breadth education through sport.
Do you think that the school system in your country includes enough physical activity and sport education, or there is room for improvement?
- Of course there is a big room for improvement. Especially regarding the extracurricular activities and number of PE lessons per week. Also, as a Federation we should put more effort in offering and implementing sports activities in school sport clubs and make school sport much stronger in the education system.
How important is for the growth of a young athlete to participate in an international competition?
- The participation of a young athlete at an international competition is an experience of a lifetime. First of all, they represent their classes, schools, cities, regions and countries and that's an honour they may have just once in a lifetime. The second and most important value is friendship. These competitions give young athletes the chance to meet and connect with their peers from all around the world, and share unforgettable moments as well as their cultural heritage and
How can ISF, which represent school sport at international level, can get closer and more involved with national Sports federations?
- By branding the World School Championships in the hosting countries of the competitions. Also, ISF should support the OC in their efforts to advertise the WSCs and try to link the International sports federations with national Sports federations in the organizing countries.
Do you want to add something?
- We think WSCs are a great platform for making school sport much stronger at a local level and especially on the international level. We should do our best to link young people from all over the world and give them unforgettable lifetime sport experiences, helping them to realize how sport can teach and educate them throughout their lifes.
Thanks for taking the time to answer to our questions, your opinion is very important for us.