Education is a key role in the development of sport and AISTs – which was created in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2000 – helps to improve the quality of sports through education.
“We can show our commitment to the intellectual development of future sports administrators, the ones that will write the future of sports,” said Mario Medeiros, sponsorship sales director at the FIVB.
“It’s important for us to support the federations in as many ways as we can,” said Dominique Gobat, head of business and development at AISTS. “Education empowers people to make decisions. If we give a solid education to people, the future sports managers will make healthy, educated decisions.”
The results can be already seen. Former Brazilian student Thayssa Plum said the masters on Sports Management she earned through the programme made her career grow.
“When I saw that the World Cup and the Olympics were coming to Brazil, I saw that I needed to change. I studied there, and I left my job as a radio journalist to work in the backstage for the Cup, and now I’m hired by Fifa to work on the next two World Cups”, she said.
It is also an avenue for former athletes to explore, with Rio 2016 windsurfing athlete Toni Wilhelm of Germany set to begin the next stage of his career thanks to AISTS.