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Founded in 1972, the International School Sport Federation (ISF) is an international non-profit sport organisation, acting as the umbrella organisation and governing body for national school sport organisations around the world, organising sport, and educational events for youth from 11 to 18 years old.

Recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1995, the ISF currently consists of 135 members over the five continents organising over 5 - 7 events per year and has more than 30 different sports included in its competition programme.

Besides its sport events, ISF also creates and delivers quality education and capacity-building activities for physical education teachers, national school sport representatives, coaches, officials, and students around the world.


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Message from ISF Leaders

Laurent Petrynka ISF President

I strongly believe that it is crucial that youth all over the world, have the opportunities to practice sport at school. As a place for learning, school is where everything begins, including practicing sport. At ISF, we provide an international framework within which youth can gather and test their sporting skills, develop individual and collective skills through our educational programmes, and discover other cultures and nations, all while making new lifelong friends along the way.

ISF President

ISF President Laurent Petrynka was first elected as President at the ISF General Assembly in 2014 and re-elected for another four-year term in 2018, and also serves as a member of the Olympic Education Commission.

Empowering Youth Through Sport & Education

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ISF Mission

Organise high standard sport and educational events for youth.

Strengthen the role of school sport entities in their country.

Develop partnerships with School Sport stakeholders around the world.

Consolidate the practice of sport in the education system.

Share the values of Olympism with youth.

A world where sport and education provide opportunities for all students to empower themselves and become active global citizens