111 volunteers from 91 countries take part in “FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy” in Kazan
Photo by Denis Gordiyko
July 3, Mikhail Chentsov). The large-scale educational forum for volunteers
“FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2017” started in the Tatarstan’s capital for
the first time in the history of student sports. Rustam Minnikhanov, the
President of the RT, and Oleg Matytsin, the President of the FISU, addressed
the participants of the forum with a welcoming speech during the opening
ceremony at the Volga State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
Asgat Safarov, the head of the Presidential Administration of the RT, Ilsur
Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, Leila Fazleeva, an assistant to the President of
the RT, Igor Sivov, the general adviser to the President of the FISU, and
others took part in the event.
was the first to address the volunteers from all over the world. “I'm very
happy that we all gathered here in the fantastic city of Kazan, the capital of
the XXVII Summer Universiade. The main goal of the FISU is to unite people
through sport and education. I hope that this new project will be successful,
first of all, thanks to your help and support. Because you are a new
generation, you are the leaders of tomorrow”, the President of the FISU shared
his opinion. He also thanked R. Minnikhanov and I. Metshin for supporting the idea
of the project and for many years of cooperation.
Volunteer Leaders Academy 2017” will be held in Kazan until July 8. The
representatives of the volunteer community themselves suggested the idea of
holding the forum as a major and authoritative international platform for the
exchange of experience. The program of events includes lectures, round tables,
discussions, and group work. The main speakers of the forum will be experts
from the FISU, the UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the WADA, as
well as representatives of the Organizing Committees of future Universiade and
upcoming World Championships among students in 2018. 111 representatives or
leaders of volunteer movements or organizations from 91 countries will take
part in the event for volunteers in Kazan.
Minnikhanov gave an official start to the forum. In his welcoming speech, he
noted that more than 20 thousand volunteers took part in the Universiade in
Kazan. In 2015, the World Water Sports Championship was held in the capital of
Tatarstan, recently the games of the Confederations Cup ended. Volunteers were
also actively involved in the organization of both events. “More than 100
Russian and international competitions are held thanks to our volunteers and
our guests. Thank you very much. It is impossible to hold serious international
events without such leaders, initiative and creative people. Of course,
educational programs are needed to organize all this. Therefore, today we are
very happy that this educational forum of volunteers is taking place in Kazan”,
said the President of the RT and announced the forum open.
important guest of the ceremony also emphasized the importance of such events.
It was Alexei Yagudin, an Olympic champion in figure skating, the ambassador of
the 2014 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk. He noted that he was proud to be
invited to take part in the forum because he knows firsthand about the help of
volunteers at the competitions.
At the end
of the educational event, the project participants will present their programs
for the celebration of the International University Sports Day, which was
established under the auspices of the UNESCO together with the FISU in 2016.
According to the results of the week's intensive, the top 5 volunteers will be
awarded tickets to the World Summer Universiade in Taipei. In addition, the
company-partner of the project will provide 5 most distinguished participants
with scholarships for learning English at the best universities in the world.