The second session of the FISU Volunteers Academy took place online, with students invited to join the FISU Student Ambassadors programme ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has hosted the second session of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA), with activities focusing on event management, ambassadorship and cultural programmes.

The three-day online event featured 126 participants, including students, leadership and volunteering experts, sport specialists and FISU members.

Day one of the FVLA, which is designed to link students with Continental University Sports Federations (CUSFs), was concluded by FISU World University Championships manager Julien Carrel.

"We have created the International Volunteers Programme to allow students to experience international events, in order to develop new organisational and communication skills," said Carrel. 

"It is great to see people evolve thanks to the knowledge they acquired and exchanged with others during the programme."

Day two featured a presentation from the FISU Students Committee and another titled "Media Work in the University Sports World", which aimed to increase engagement and content creation.

There were sessions on volunteering and leadership, the FISU Student Ambassadors programme, which provides students with the opportunity to work alongside CUSFs, and yoga sessions between presentations.

The event featured yoga sessions between presentations to ensure participants remained alert and healthy ©FISU
The event featured yoga sessions between presentations to ensure participants remained alert and healthy ©FISU

Day three focused on events and opportunities, including discussion surrounding the Costa Rica 2022 FISU World Forum and what will be considered at the event, the FISU Young Reporters programme and teaching sessions on event management and leadership.

Kristian D'Amore from TEAM Marketing, one of the two speakers on event management, said: "Sponsorships and partnerships are a two-way street and should be about an exchange of value and the partner should walk away feeling very satisfied.

"What’s important is understanding their objectives of what a company wants to achieve."

FISU Acting President Leonz Eder concluded the FVLA, stating: "This fifth edition of the FVLA is now coming to an end, and I would like to congratulate all FISU Student Ambassadors.

"I would also like to warmly congratulate the local organisers who have made this fantastic event. 

"Despite this online format, I hope that you all had the opportunity to deepen your knowledge about the university sport movement and to feel part of this great community of FISU student ambassadors. 

"I wish you the best of luck for your personal and professional future missions."