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The International School Sport Federation (ISF) is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, and promote the values and interests of Education through Sport.

Our events, the World Schools Championships and the Gymnasiade, aim to promote among young people: mutual understanding, volunteering empowerment, peace, non-discrimination, healthy lifestyle, social inclusion, and gender equality. Thus it contributes to support the educative paths of the young people to empower them as citizens of the world. ISF pursues its goals independently from political, religious or racial considerations

Vision & 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.

Missions & Goals

  • Organise World Schools Championships
  • Harness the power of sports to inspire, involve and educate youngsters
  • Deliver an enriching lifetime experience and multicultural exchanges to youngsters
  • Empower the youth to become sport leaders

What is « School Sport » ?

We consider School Sport as structured learning that takes place beyond the school curriculum sometimes referred to as out-of-hours learning. The teaching context for learning is physical activity.

The “school sport” programme has the potential to develop and broaden the foundation learning that takes place in the physical education. The ISF recognises the national body in charge of implementing school sport activities for 13-18 years old pupils.

At the national level pupils represent their school through local, regional and national championships.The school teams/athletes who win the national championship can take part in the ISF World Schools Championships of the concerning sport.

The school sport organisation system can be different from a country to another. Indeed the school sport system can be under the authority of the ministry of education, the ministry of sport, national structure or the National Olympic Committee.