International School Sport Federation and the Badminton World Federation look to a greater future for badminton in School Sport.
On Friday, October 24, while the Yonex Internationaux de France were on fire, the International School Sport Federation (ISF) President, Laurent Petrynka, had the honour to meet with the President of Badminton World Federation (BWT), Poul-Erik Hoyer, to sign a MoU
The ISF represented by its President, Laurent Petrynka, gathers almost 80 countries and more than 260,000 million members. ISF has organized over 20 years of international badminton competitions. The last was held in Taipei, Taiwan, China in May 2014. The next ISF World School Championship will take place in Malta in 2016.
"As national Director of UNSS, I recognize the importance of the contribution of national federations in the development of sport at school (UNSS resigned his agreement with FFBad, Wednesday, October 22). As president of the ISF, my purpose is to sign agreements with international federations so that they support us in the international development of school sport practice."
Mr Poul Erick Hoyer, president of the International Badminton Federation, is also convinced of the importance of this agreement: "We must give a chance for all children to practice badminton." Badminton is a very popular among Asian countries, a greater involvement of badminton in ISF countries will bring a new generation of young athletes from all over the world.
The School Sport Foundation proposes expertises and consulting sessions in all the sports, Badminton included. Through his experience as golden Olympic champion and as President of several Federations and member of the IOC, badminton development will be ensured through ISF actions and this MoU.
One of the missions of the School Sport Foundation created by ISF is helping EP teachers to develop the skills and deliver higher quality of sport practice through training sessions. With this perspective, ISF believes that the recent MoU signed with BWF is a great partner to mutually achieve this purpose regarding their program "Shuttle Time" and our foundation: http://bwfbadminton.org/page.aspx?id=15529
The MoU highlights on various points on which both Federations have agreed:
- Create a global badminton program
- Create a program to train young referees
- Bring the best players in the world to become ISF ambassador
- Harmonize competition's schedules
- Harmonize age categories depending on the competitions
"The school is the first place to practice badminton. This agreement with the ISF enhances a partnership that will spread the badminton in all schools all around the world" said Mr Poul Erick Hoyer.
The ISF President, Laurent Petrynka, stated that "Though those objectives, we can advocate that this agreement is a major agreement because this first signature is an important step for sport in general. We are the School Sport and we are open to discuss with all international federations to be their school representatives."