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22 May 2018

Dedicated ASOIF Forum on Sport Development and Education spawns IF action

Experts from more than 20 International Federations (IFs) governing Olympic summer and winter sports gathered last week at the sixth edition of ASOIF’s Forum on Sport Development and Education and agreed on a joint action plan for the year ahead. The event was held on 17 and 18 May 2018 at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.

Organised annually, the forum facilitates a united approach of a large number of IFs in the implementation of their projects in the fields of education and development. This allows efficiencies in terms of human and financial resources, ensures a certain consistency across the sports and thereby maximises the impact of the related IF activities overall.

Annual action plan
The group agreed on the following set of actions to be implemented over the following 12 months:

  • coordinate the second cross-sport coach educator’s course;
  • develop a hybrid IF online coach education system;
  • build an online platform for communication between ASDEG members;
  • develop an online advanced sport management course;
  • continue supporting the IF gender equality forum;
  • conduct a seminar on data management and protection; and
  • continue a strong collaboration with Olympic Solidarity and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

On the occasion of the meeting, Mark Harrington, Chair of ASOIF’s Sports Development and Education Group (ASDEG) and Training & Medical Manager at World Rugby, said: “This is a very dynamic and creative group and the majority of the priorities defined during last year’s forum were completed or are still in the process of being carried out. It struck to me that this time none of the IFs raised financial issues when we talked about their initiatives in the field of development and education. It’s a sign that we have progressed and that there is a common understanding of the role IFs should play in this regard.”

The forum provided for productive exchanges about the important role of IFs in developing their sports at all levels and recent success stories such as humanitarian projects or programmes aimed at safeguarding athletes. Experts from the IOC joined the gathering to share opportunities offered by the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) and Olympic Solidarity programmes – be it in terms of sport activation, funding and training for athletes and coaches or athlete career transition. It was also discussed how IFs can support the IOC’s global sports participation strategy in order to increase the reach of and access to sporting initiatives worldwide.

The development of online education tools which will benefit IFs and their National Federations (NFs) was discussed at length. An Advanced Sport Management Course for NFs across different sports, which will combine an e-learning course with face-to-face training, is currently being created. Topics to be covered will include how to build a vision and strategy for a NF, governance structures, Human Resources, Legal and Finance. The Forum also discussed plans to develop an online coach education system, applicable across all sports.

About the ASOIF Sports Development and Education Group (ASDEG)
The ASDEG was created in 2012 and is responsible for giving expert advice in the area of Sports Development and Education. The group meets twice a year and organises an annual forum for all ASOIF member IFs to coordinate their approaches and share knowledge in sports development and education.

The next ASDEG Forum is foreseen for May 2019.