Since 2012 Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) has built strategic partnership with key actors in the field of school sport, physical activity and physical education, thus international partnerships have become essential for our organisation. After having organised numerous international conferences on P.E. and physical activity in general in the last years (HIPE 2014 and HIPE 2016 international conference, EU Expert Group meeting on Health-enhancing physical activity, EUPEA forum meeting in October, 2015, etc.), we also have a holistic approach to sport and continue to emphasise its importance in public education and its key role to lead a healthy life.
Today, HSSF holds membership in some of the most recognized international organisations of the field: International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), European Physical Education Association (EUPEA), where HSSF’s chief expert, Dr. Tamás Csányi PhD. has now been accepted to EUPEA’s Board, Fédération Internationale D’ Éducation Physique (FIEP) and International School Sport Federation (ISF).
HSSF received observer status in the WHO-HEPA Europe working group while the Hungarian government has appointed HSSF’s representative as the Hungarian national HEPA focal point. Also, the president of HSSF has become the member of the high level group on grassroots sport, launched by Commissioner Tibor Navracsics responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
There are also programs initiated by HSSF that received international attention: ISCA chose HSSF’s Hungarian School Sport Day as best practice of 2014 in the MOVE Transfer Program aiming to involve hard-to-reach population, while ‘TE IS’ program which aims to enhance volunteering and social inclusion through broadening school sport culture has received the same recognition in 2015.
In 2014 and 2015 the Executive Committee of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) granted right to host two world championships’, thus our organization received the opportunity to host the ISF Word Schools’ Championship Cross-Country 2016 and is proud to organize the ISF World Schools’ Championship Swimming in 2017. We are also proud of HSSF’s president being elected member of ISF’s Executive Committee while HSSF’s managing director acts as vice-president of ISF Europe since May, 2016.
In addition to the above, HSSF takes an active part in several international collaborations: in the frame of Erasmus+ Sport programme, HSSF contributes to research and development projects, and also implements projects focusing on strengthening sports’ social role and promoting volunteering, social inclusion and healthy lifestyle.
We truly feel that outstanding results were achieved in one of our Erasmus+ projects named ‘SHAPE’, in which we elaborated the concept of health-centered, future-oriented life management key competence. The recommendation prepared with the contribution of the expert partners has also sparked the interest of the European Union.
We are also incredibly proud of launching the European School Sport Day programme. The school sport day following the 10-year tradition of Hungarian School Sport Day is now organized as European sport event for the third year in a row: in 2015, the programme has been implemented with the participation of 3 countries, in 2016 20 countries joined the initiative, while in 2017, we are expecting to organize European School Sport Day in all European countries.