From helping run the Universiade Athletes’ Village to ensuring a fantastic fan experience, it’s volunteers who make university sport competitions come to life. The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy trains university students on the skills and areas of expertise it takes to host international championship events.  


It takes thousands of volunteers of all ages and areas of expertise to ensure the smooth running of the Universiades, World University Championships, World University League and FISU education events each year.

Aimed at consolidating FISU expertise in sports volunteering, the first FISU Volunteers Academy 2017 took place in Kazan, Russian Federation in July. The event brought together leaders in sports volunteering from 170 FISU Member Federations and shows the lasting legacy of Kazan hosting Summer Universiade in 2013.

From customer services, press and communications, health services, technology, transport, Organising Committee operational support, to working behind the scenes at sport venues and at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, volunteers are the lifeblood that make major international sports events come alive. Volunteers in all functional areas are set to benefit from the educational events and training happening at the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy.

This Academy is a means to help young volunteer leaders from all over the world actively contribute to the international volunteering movement. The first edition of the Academy consisted of seven days of comprehensive educational events for 18 to 27 year old university students who had volunteering experience and were involved in volunteering activities at their university.

University professors and business coaches shared lectures and master-classes with experts from the IOC, UNESCO, WADA and future Universiade organising committee leaders.

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How to apply for the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

The Academy is open for participation for 18 to 27 year old university students. Participation in the first edition of the forum was free and organisers cover all participation expenses, including travel, accommodation and meals.

For university students looking to strengthen their candidatures to future FISU Volunteer Leaders Academies, having confirmed volunteering experience and involved in the organisation of volunteering activities in their university are prerequisites. To apply for participation, the candidates should contact their national university sports federation. General inquiries can be sent to [email protected].

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How to volunteer to future FISU Universiades

To find out more about volunteering at the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade, visit here.