Back to ISF General Assembly, Besançon 2014
“Young people must be at the heart of all future sporting initiatives“
Laurent Petrynka, President of ISF
Last June, A few days before the World Cup, the General Assembly (GA) of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) took place in Besançon, France. The GA brings together ISF’s national school sport federation members which meet every two years. The GA elects an Executive Committee for a four-year period, and approves the budget and the program proposed by the Executive Committee.
The wind of change occurred on June 6th when the ISF voted for a new President for which France and Italy were contesting the presidency. The 51 members out of 76 members, present in Besançon at the General Assembly chose the French Director of UNSS, Laurent Petrynka, to represent them.
The content of the GA stressed the achieved assessments but more than ever the future vision of ISF. A vision 2030, that Laurent Petrynka puts as a priority; he characterizes it as a more innovative and dynamic. His vision results from his successful work at UNSS which has more than a million adherents. Indeed, the work undertaken by UNSS to develop French school sport both quantitatively and qualitatively – the development of practical opportunities, the programme to foster a responsible generation, social aspects of sport in difficult areas, and the development of sport for girls and women as also for handicapped sport – all counted for something in the minds of the international federation members. This election is an extension of his experience of school sport to an international level with a focus on youth, interchange, and social linkage; “We are an advanced base for future sports policies; our mission is to propose and to develop an ambition project to make sport a real key part of social structure.”
Besides, a special guest attended the GA. The mayor of Besançon, Jean Louis Fousseret showed up to warmly thank ISF, UNSS and the members of the regional service for holding this meeting in the capital of the Franche-Comté. He stated that according to his assessment, Besançon has the highest rate of School Sport registration in France and it indicates the involvement of the region in School Sport.
Furthermore Hector Cabera held a remarkable presentation, which introduced “Kinder + Sport” as new partner. ISF presented a promotional video related to the new slogan “We are school sport” which better represents the unique DNA of ISF among sport community. This slogan was validated and recognized by the entire Executive Committee; therefore it emphasizes its global will of stronger actions from ISF.
The International School Sport Federation has been building a greater future and the GA reinforced this determination.