The Executive Committee (EC) of The International School Sport Federation (ISF) was reunited last week in Rome for the first time since the election of Laurent Petrynka as ISF President last June. The EC was animated by debates, exchanges and dialogues in order to achieve a constant evolution of worldwide school sport and lay the groundwork together for future of ISF (Vision2030). There was a wide ranging discussion of grassroots, school and elite sport and important decisions were taken about the future.
The ISF Vision2030 was a seminal topic on the agenda which focused on the ISF and school sport development. The ISF Convention (March 2015) will be the stepping stone for this ambitious project which aims at bringing school sport to a greater development. The ISF is gaining momentum both in the sporting aspect and in the socio-educative aspect through the Executive's approval of the creation of the "School Sport Foundation". The first actions of the Foundation will be operated during the ISF Convention in Doha.
In addition to the ISF World School Championships, the communication tools were modernized. ISF has acknowledged this shift and begun to adapt their communication by embracing social media as a key platform for all the ISF participants and stakeholders. An adaptation promoted by Laurent Petrynka: "Today, we cannot be an international federation without considering good communication tools. We have to adapt to the needs and the society. Just having social networks are not enough... our ISF events are not well conveyed, therefore we modernized the website to better represent ISF's spirit." The launch of this new website was applauded by the EC whose members are all ambassadors of ISF because ISF builds the future together.
Furthermore, the EC has attributed the organization of 2017 World Schools Championships to the following countries: Basketball to Croatia, Football to Czech Republic, Tennis to Brazil, Swim-Cup to Hungary, Orienteering to Italy, Athletics to France, Triathlon to Puerto Rico, Beach Volleyball to French Polynesia. Those WSC 2017 will be emotional moments for the ISF athletes.
Badminton, was highlighted during the EC since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) was signed last week.
"All Roads lead to Rome" even for the ISF. This EC was the cornerstone for many new projects "together, with all the representatives of the affiliated countries, we will achieve to make ISF a bigger federation" stated Laurent Petrynka at the conclusion of the week in Rome.