The ISF U15 World School Sports Games, in Belgrade, Serbia, taking place from 11-19 September saw the judo competition begin this morning. Taking place in the Hall Šumice, a center dedicated to culture, sport and education, a total of 137 athletes, 48 girls and 89 boys from 9 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine. By the end of this first day, five categories had already found a winner.
Aside from the judo competition, IJF Media Director Nicolas Messner will also be participating in the school sport forum: The Springboard for a Healthy Lifestyle conference on the 15th. focusing on the topic ‘Sport values in every classroom’ providing the opportunity to talk about the IJF and members of the Judo network, presenting their good practices and vision related to education and sport for youth.
This partnership between the ISF and IJF began in april 2017 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, at the IJF Presidential Office in Budapest, Hungary between the ISF President Mr Laurent Petrynka and IJF President Mr Marius Vizer.
President Petrynka reiterated the importance of this partnership: “This step for ISF in creating this U15 multi-sport event for the first time in our history is made possible by the support of partners such as the IJF. Joining us on this journey for youth sport and enhancing the opportunities we can provide for this U15 age category, and those that Judo can provide to the world of school sport.”
The ISF is delighted to continue to work closely with the IJF, striving to help develop school sport and judo in schools, all around the world.