ISF signed a MoU with the International Esports Federation (IESF) with an aim of promoting physical activity and health among Esports youth and balancing gaming with exercise and school sport.
Memorandum of Understanding supports the idea of promoting physical activity and health among pupils devoted to gaming, and including exercise, running and fun activities into the eSport competitions and events. Example of the latter were the ISF eSport Games 2019, organised by Ukranian School Sport Federation, which united eSport with physical activity.
Laurent Petrynka, ISF President, stated: "The MoU and the International Esports Federation (IESF) follow the vision of promoting physical activity and education among the Esports youth, incorporating exercise, running, and fun games into the Esport events. This is a historic step which combines live sports with sports in a virtual setting. We find this cooperation to be an innovative approach aiming to motivate the youth to get up, move, and take care of their mental, physical, and social health. This will be done through a series of competitions planned by ISF and IESF for the near future. Together with IESF, we are united in the Olympic spirit, a spirit of excellence, respect, and friendship, to build a new era of Esports among students all over the world."
Vlad Marinescu, president of IESF added: "We strongly believe that this collaboration between IESF and ISF will achieve positive results for the benefit of youth in terms of entertainment, competition and health. We hope that the achievements we reach together will be a good example not only for the youth but to all the gamers around the world. Our organizations have a rich history and a similar objective - to motivate youth to take part also in physical sport while having fun. This collaboration will be reinforced , also at the national level, providing a platform and unity in managing programs that reinforce responsible gaming, motivating youth to move and be healthy."
His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahayan, Vice-President of IESF said: "Positive behaviours and values are formed during the school years. The welfare of young people who participate in sports is a priority for all federations. IESF and ISF through this agreement can collaborate to craft suitable safe strategies that enable students to flourish, through physical, affective and cognitive domains that form the foundations of an active healthy life in esports."
Both, ISF and IESF, plan to collaborate combining their knowledge, competencies and efforts in order to undertake various projects and activity developing Esports events and promoting physical and mental health among gamers in high schools.
Source: IESF, Inside the Games