FISU FVLA 2023 wrapped up

FISU FVLA 2023 wrapped up

The three days of educational sessions of  the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) 2023 Part II that started on 7th of September, have concluded on the 9th. Partcipants from around the world joined the dynamic sessions, delivered by people with varied and deep backgrounds in the world of sport.

The leaders academy session also marked the start of the FISU Ambassadors Programme, with candidates nominated by national and continental university sports federations set to be assigned to the roles for one year.
The opening day kicked off with FISU Acting President Leonz Eder opening this edition of the FVLA, saying: “You have all been chosen by your national or continental university sports federation to be a part of this great programme and I wish you the best of luck in accomplishment of your future missions. I know you will play an important role in the development of university sport in the future.”

FISU Secretary General and CEO Eric Saintrond then followed with a question and answer session facilitated by FISU Education Manager Julien Buhajezuk. This provided participants greater insights to FISU’s ongoing work and its plans for its future events and of university sport. Additionally, an introduction to the work done at the National University Sports Federation (NUSF) and Continental University Sports Federation (CUSF) levels was delivered as was an overview of the Chengdu FISU World University Games.

On day two the participants heard an introduction and outline of FISU’s brand and communications, providing them a glimpse into the marketing, media, and messaging efforts that FISU uses to promote and position the organization, as well as university sport, around the world. 

FISU World University Championships and World Cups Sport Manager Alejandro Guerra spoke about the upcoming season of FISU Championships and Cups, while providing attendees a breakdown of the operation of those events. Following the program, Acting Secretary General of the Nigerian University Games Association gave her insights to the development of leadership, pertinent to this new generation of leaders in the incoming FISU Student Ambassadors.

The final day gave further details and information about FISU events and opportunities of which student ambassadors can be aware of as they embark on their year. Tips of how to additionally support their planning and their work, sessions on volunteer management and personal brand were also delivered.  FVLA alumni Nouf Al Katheeri and Ahmed Basyouni  spoke about the importance of personal brand giving the attendees to better understand their own promotion and development as they build their career paths. 

Each day also included sessions providing greater details about the FISU Student Ambassadors Programme, focused on tips and ideas for the creation and planning of their respective projects, which will be a great guide when the new ambassadors will now begin preparing their own projects to deliver over the coming year.

The European University Sports Association (EUSA) nominated EUSA Student Commision Member, Ms Awena Guiner, to represent the organisation on this years FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy. 

With the conclusion of FVLA, the 2023-24 season of the FISU Student Ambassadors Programme is underway. Among many other programme aspects, including the ambassador projects, cultural and educational webinars will follow over the coming year, along with participation in such FISU events as the International Day of University Sport, later in September.

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