The World Academy of Sport (WAoS) delivers learning programmes for sports and event participants - athletes, managers, administrators, officials and coaches - through a series of tailored educational programmes.
6 November 2019
22 October 2019
16 October 2019
25 September 2019
26 July 2019
5 February 2019
13 November 2018
7 November 2018
15 October 2018
5 October 2018
19 September 2018
22 March 2018
28 February 2018
9 February 2018
23 August 2017
22 August 2017
11 July 2017
19 June 2017
11 May 2017
4 April 2017
1 March 2017
28 November 2016
23 November 2016
11 October 2016
7 October 2016
27 September 2016
16 September 2016
15 September 2016
13 September 2016
6 September 2016
1 September 2016
18 August 2016
15 August 2016
3 August 2016
29 July 2016
19 July 2016
13 July 2016
6 May 2016
20 November 2015
19 August 2015
6 August 2015
4 June 2015
13 May 2015
28 April 2015
22 April 2015
2 April 2015
19 February 2015
7 November 2014
6 November 2014
13 October 2014
7 October 2014
11 June 2014
21 May 2014
15 May 2014
7 May 2014
27 March 2014
13 February 2014
4 December 2013
27 November 2013
17 November 2013
4 November 2013
25 October 2013
2 September 2013
2 July 2013
24 June 2013
17 June 2013
13 June 2013
20 May 2013
3 May 2013
16 April 2013
3 April 2013
18 February 2013
22 August 2012
19 June 2012
24 May 2012
4 May 2012
12 April 2012
5 April 2012
26 March 2012
9 November 2011
IPC highlights importance of education to successful major sport events at SportAccord
6 May 2016

 Xavier Gonzalez in discussions at the recent SportAccord Convention, held in Lausanne ©World Academy of Sport

Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) provided a short overview of the 2016 IPC Academy Campus at the SportAccord Convention on Tuesday 19 April, highlighting the role and impact of an effective educational programme on the future of successful major sports events.


The 2016 IPC Academy Campus will take place in Rio de Janeiro between 6-17 September 2016, giving stakeholders of major sports events the chance to learn from their peers during the Paralympic Games.


Delivered by the IPC Academy - the IPC’s educational division created in 2009 as a partnership between the IPC and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) – the 2016 IPC Academy Campus is a unique event-based learning initiative that will include a Games Experience Programme, Observers’ Programme and Inclusion Summit.


Speaking about the benefits of attending the IPC Academy Campus, the largest event learning Programme organised within the major sport events world, Gonzalez said: “The 2016 IPC Academy Campus gives all stakeholders a unique and better understanding into the complexities of organising and maximising the benefits from a major sporting event.

“It aims to share best practice, knowledge and key learnings from previous major sport events, whilst giving those taking part a chance to experience the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games from both the front and back of house.”


Chris Solly, Director of the World Academy of Sport added: “These high level programmes will provide attendees with the opportunity to network with a number of key Event Organisers from the Organising Committees of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, among other major sports events representatives. The IPC Academy Campus provides organisers of major sports events with the opportunity to learn valuable insights from their peers in an innovative hands-on setting.”



About the IPC Academy Campus

The Campus coincides with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and is broken down into three main programmes: a Games Experience Programme, an Observers’ Programme, and an Inclusion Summit.

The IPC Academy Games Experience Programme (GEP), between 12-14 September, is an initiative of the IPC Academy aimed at governments and those involved in the supply chain of the Paralympic Games to understand the complex delivery of such an event. Specifically, it aims to deliver a multi stakeholder perspective of Games management by providing unprecedented insights and privileged access to understand and observe specific core operating functions.


Standing alongside, but distinct from the IPC Observers’ Programme, the GEP allows governments and other stakeholders to immerse themselves in a tailored learning programme. It includes themes around the key cost and resource drivers of staging a Games: safety and security, infrastructure, technology, human resources and legacy.


The provisional programme of the GEP is structured and delivered over three overarching themes, one for each day, followed by targeted site visits to related competition and non-competition venues:


· Day 1: Winning Strategies for Major Sport Events

· Day 2: The making of a Successful Host City: Networks, Infrastructure and Legacy

· Day 3: Marketing & Broadcasting


Taking place between 6-17 September, the IPC Observers’ Programme targets learning at the operational level and is designed primarily for event organisers. The Programme includes a series of educational sessions, visits to all competition venues and the most important non-competition venues and specialised activities for organisation experts.  There are also opportunities for observers to meet in person with Rio 2016 Managers and IPC experts providing a platform to have in-depth discussions regarding their Functional Area operations.


The activities of the Observers’ Programme include:

  • Thematic or client oriented combined activities - Roundtable sessions combined with a venue visit focused on the specific theme.
  • Thematic roundtables - Roundtable sessions focused on specific themes, not combined with venue visits.
  • Venue concept and operations visits - Venue visits focusing on operations, targeting to an overall understanding of a venue as a whole.


The IPC Academy Inclusion Summit on 15-16 September targets learning in the policy level.


The Paralympic Games is the world’s number one sport event for driving social inclusion.  It provides the perfect platform for the world to reflect and appreciate the diverse nature of the people around us. The Summit is the ultimate forum to bring together business leaders, governments and the Paralympic Movement to discuss inclusion and accessibility, how these impacts on society, and what the Paralympic Games represent as a catalyst for societal change.


The initial concept includes five themes (content provisional):

  • Paralympic Games for Social Development
  • Inclusion Explained, Exemplified & Applied
  • Host Cities Learning for Sharing
  • Best Practice in Inclusion
  • Athletes’ Profiling, Activation & Role


All three Programmes conclude on the evening of 16 September with the IPC Academy Campus Cocktail Reception which will offer networking opportunities for all Campus participants. Approximately 500-600 people will come together to celebrate the success of the IPC Academy Campus. The reception acts as the Campus’ graduation ceremony and is set to be the world’s biggest ever gathering of major sport event organisers and their stakeholders.


For further information about any programme in the IPC Academy Campus, please visit or contact Claire Bennett, Project Coordinator, World Academy of Sport