International School Sport Federation
The International School Sport Federation (ISF) is an international sports governing body for school sport. Founded in 1972 with 21 signatory nations (all European), the federation has been organising international competitions to encourage education through sport and student athletes. It has 113 members from five continents.
|Motto||We Are School Sport|
|Purpose||International School Sport Federation organises sport events for youth athletes of age 13–18.|
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ISF limits itself to activities with school children between the ages of 13 to 18 (roughly contiguous with high school age). This distinguishes its role from the longer-established International University Sports Federation, which governs student sport from the ages of 17 to 25.
There are currently 45 recognised ISF sports, with many of them having their own World Schools Championship every two years. Other sport disciplines are part of the Gymnasiade, also known as School Summer Games, its winter edition School Winter Games or ISF Combat Games.
Around the mid 1960s, international sporting contests between schools has been increasing. Besides occasional and haphazard meetings between two or more schools, tournaments were beginning to be organised regularly in different disciplines: in handball from 1963, in volleyball from 1969, in football one year later and from 1971 also in basketball. Each of these annual tournaments produced basic regulations and a standing committee.
The large number of international competitions requiring eliminating heats at the national level soon gave rise to a desire to co-ordinate these events, within a specific International Federation. To help promote this idea, the Federal Minister of Education and Arts of the Republic of Austria convened a Conference at Raach in the Autumn of 1971. Here the conditions were discussed for setting up a European School Sport Federation.
After very lengthy debates, the project was approved. However, bearing future development possibilities in mind, the ISF was not limited to European countries alone. A Provisional Committee, the members of which were chosen from among the 21 nations present, was set up, and the meeting of the constituent General Assembly was fixed for 4 June 1972 at Beaufort/Luxembourg. This meeting adopted the Statutes and proceeded to elect the members of the first Executive Committee.
Vision and Values
Sport can greatly contribute to the physical, social and intellectual development of youngsters.Sport is a prevailing tool for the promotion of mutual understanding, peace and tolerance. The power of sport can break down cultural, religious and ideological barriers, no matter how big.
The General Assembly brings together ISF’s school sport federation members which meet every two years. In the assembly, members elect Executive Committee members for a four-year period, and approves the budget and the programme proposed by the Executive Committee. The most recent General Assembly was held in May 2016 at Marmaris, Turkey.
The Management Committee consists of the President, the Deputy President, the Vice-President, the Secretary General and the Treasurer. It meets periodically when convened by the President, to carry out the business of the ISF between meetings of the Executive Committee. Twice a year, the Management Committee meets with the Continental Presidents.
|Deputy President||Robson Aguiar||Brazil|
The Executive Committee is composed of 38 members. It meets twice a year to take the decisions necessary for the proper functioning of ISF.
Committees assist and advise the Executive Committee in the overall administration of the ISF. The Committees include:
|Advisory Council||Studies the decisions of the ISF and gives advice on its actions.|
|Educational Commission||Proposes the educational programme within the ISF events.|
|Disciplinary Committee||Preserves the integrity and reputation of ISF and ISF events, and contributes to ensure the security of the ISF athletes.|
|Technical Commissions||In charge of monitoring the preparation of competitions from technical point of view, drawing up the competition programme and ensures the good running of the event.|
|Youth Council||Responsible for implementing projects approaching the interest of our athletes|
Gymnasiade is the biggest school sport event for youth athletes aged 15-18. It is being held every two (even) years, hosts between 12-18 different sport disciplines and welcomes over 3000 pupils from all over the World.
ISF School Summer Games
|4||1980||Turin||1 - 7 June|
|5||1982||Lille||1 - 6 June|
|6||1984||Florence||5 - 9 June|
|7||1986||Nice||2 - 7 June|
|11||1998||Shanghai||12 -19 October|
|12||2002||Caen||27 May - 3 June|
|13||2006||Athens/Thessaloniki||26 June – 3 July|
|14||2009||Doha||7 – 12 December|
|15||2013||Brasília||28 November – 4 December|
|17||2018||Marrakech||2 - 9 May|
|18||2020||Jinjiang||17 - 24 October|
Gymnasiade 2018 hosted 18 sport competitions:
ISF Combat Games
- 2017 ISF Combat Games consisted of 4 combat sports: Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Wrestling.
- In 2017, 300 athletes from 6 countries (India,China, Russia, Brazil, UAE and France) attended the ISF Combat Games.
ISF Combat Games consist of the following sport disciplines:
ISF Inclusive Games
ISF Educational Games
ISF World Schools Championships
Around the 1960’s international sporting contests between schools were on the increase. Besides occasional and haphazard meetings between two or more schools, tournaments were beginning to be organised regularly in different disciplines: in handball from 1963, in volleyball from 1969, in football from 1970 and from 1971 also in basketball.
Today 21 sports have a separate World Schools Championship (WSC) with 10-12 championships being held per year. Each World Schools Championship usually last from 3-7 days. Yearly, more than 10.0000 pupils from all over the World take part in ISF World Schools Championship. Until 2017, only 21 Sports have a separate World School Championship (WSC). Other sports exist in Games (Summer , Winter or Combat) and havent separate WSC.
|Number||Event||First Edition||Last Edition|
|1||World School Athletics Championship||1973||24th (2017)|
|2||World Schools Cross Country Championship||1975||23rd (2018)|
|3||World School Swimming Championship||1991||12th (2017)|
|4||World School Sambo Championship||2018||1st (2018)|
|5||World School 3x3 Basketball Championship||2014||3rd (2018)|
|6||World School Basketball Championship||1973||24th (2017)|
|7||World School Beach Volleyball Championship||2011||4th (2017)|
|8||World School Cricket Championship||2018||1st (2018)|
|9||World School Flying Disc Championship||2019||1st (2019)|
|10||World School Football Championships||1972||26th (2017)|
|11||World School Futsal Championships||2007||5th (2018)|
|12||World School Handball Championship||1973||24th (2018)|
|13||World School Volleyball Championship||1972||23rd (2018)|
|14||World School Alpine Ski Championship||1973||23rd (2016)|
|15||World School Badminton Championship||1998||18th (2018)|
|16||World School Orienteering Championship||1987||17th (2017)|
|17||World School Sport Climbing Championship||2019||1st (2019)|
|18||World School Table Tennis Championship||1991||15th (2018)|
|19||World School Tennis Championship||1995||9th (2017)|
|20||World School Triathlon Championship||2013||3rd (2017)|
|21||World School Chess Championship||2019||1st (2019)|
|ALB||Albanian School Sport Federation|
|ALG||Federation Algerienne du Sport Scolaire|
|AND||Secretariat d'état aux sports, de la jeunesse et du volontariat|
|ARM||Federation Sportive Republicaine Des Ecoliers|
|AUT||Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen|
|AUS||School Sport Australia|
|AZE||Ministry of Youth and Sport|
|BLR||Republican Center of Physical Education and Sports for Pupils and Students|
|BEN||Ministerio de Deportes|
|BOL||Ministerio de Deportes|
|BOT||Botswana Integrated Sport Association|
|BRA||Confederação Brasileira do Desporto Escolar|
|BUL||Bulgarian Association Sport for Students|
|CMR||Federation Nationale des Sports Scolaire|
|CPV||Coordenação Nacional de Educação Física e Desporto Escolar|
|CHI||Club Deportivo Universidad Catica de Chile|
|CHN||C.S.S.F. – China School Sport Federation|
|TPE||Chinese Taipei School Sport Federation|
|COM||Coordination de Nationale I'Education et Sport Scolaire|
|CRO||Croatian School Sport Federation|
|CYP||Ministry of Education and Culture|
|CZE||Czech school sports clubs association|
|DEN||Danish Schoolsport Association|
|DOM||Instituto Nacional de Educacion Fisica|
|DGB||Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft / Fachbereich Sport|
|ENG||National Council for School Sports|
|EST||Estonian School Sport Union|
|FIN||Finnish School Sport Federation|
|FLA||Stichting Vlaamse Schoolsport|
|FRA||Union Nationale du Sport Scolaire|
|PYF||USSP - Union du Sport Scholaire Polynesien|
|GAM||The University of The Gambia Sports|
|GEO||Children and Youth Sports National Federation of Georgia|
|GER||Kommission Sport der KMK der Länder|
|GRE||Directorate of Physical Education|
|GUA||Direccion General de Educatición Fisica|
|HAI||HSSF - Haitian School Sport Federation|
|HKG||Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation|
|HUN||Hungarian School Sport Federation|
|IND||School Games Federation of India|
|IRI||Iran School Sport Federation|
|ISR||Ministry of education, culture and sports|
|IRL||Irish School Sport Federation|
|ITA||Ministero dell Instruzione dell universita e della Ricerca|
|CIV||Office Ivoirien des Sports Scolaires et Universitaires|
|KAZ||Kazakhstan School Sport Federation|
|KEN||Kazakhstan School Sport Federation|
|KOS||School Sport Federation of the Republic of Kosovo|
|KUW||Ministry of Education, Kuwait|
|LAT||Latvian School Sport Federation|
|LBN||Ministry of Education and Higher Education|
|LUX||Ligue des Associations Sportive Estudiantines Lux|
|MKD||Macedonian Schools Sports Federation|
|MAD||Fédération Omnisports scolaire Madagascar|
|MLT||Malta School Sport Federation|
|MNE||Association Montenegrine du Sport Scolaire|
|MAR||Federation Royale Marocaine du Sport Scolaire|
|NED||Koninklijke Vereniging van Leraren Lichamelịke Opvoeding|
|NZL||New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council|
|NCA||Instituto Nicaraguense de Deportes|
|NGA||Nigerian School Sport Federation|
|NOR||Landslaget Fysisk Fostring i Scolen|
|PAK||PSSF - Pakistan Schools Sports Federation|
|PAR||Secretaria Nacional de Deportes|
|PER||Asociacion Peruana De Deporte Escolar|
|POL||Szkolny Zwiazek Sportowy|
|POR||Gabinete Coordenador Desporto Escolar|
|PUR||Propulsores del Deporte|
|ROU||Scholar and University Sports Federation|
|QAT||Qatar Sport School Federation|
|RSR||Ministry for Family, Youth and Sport|
|ROU||Ministry Of Education And Research / Scholar And University Sports Federation|
|RUS||Russian Socio - State Society of Physical Training|
|KSA||Ministry of Education|
|SCO||Scottish SchoolSport Federation|
|SEN||Comité National de Gestion et de Relance du Sport Scolaire (CNG/RSS) - Sénégal|
|SRB||School Sports and Olympic Education Federation of Serbia|
|SIN||Singapore School Sport Council|
|SLO||Zavod za sport RS Planica|
|SVK||Slovak School Sport Association|
|RSA||South African Sports Confederation|
|ESP||Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia|
|SRI||Schools Sports Council|
|SUR||Ministry of School and Youth Affairs|
|SUI||Schweizerischer Verband fur Sport in der Schule|
|TUN||Federation Tunisienne des Sports Scolaires et Universiateires|
|TUR||Turkiye Okul Sporlary Federasyonu|
|THA||Ministry of Tourism and Sports|
|UAE||UAE Interschool Sports Association|
|UKR||School Sport Federation of Ukraine|
|USA||Amateur Athletic Union of the United States of America|
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