14-22 May 2022 – Normandy, France


Fun and Skills Zone

The Fun and Skill Zone concept aims to provide the participants and the local schools an open area where a variety of educational, physical, and cultural activities are proposed on the daily basis. International and national organisations will gather aiming to raise awareness on the Olympic values, to discover traditional or innovative sports, and to discover the culture of the different participating countries. It will be the heart of the Gymnasiade. The place where the different delegations can meet, learn, discuss and get to know each other better. 

The Fun and Skill Zone will be organised from the 16th to 21st May at the heart of the Games, in the International Centre of Deauville (CID). It will focus on learning about sport values through discovering new sports and introductory activities being offered at various different booths located around the Fun and Skill Zone.

This will be the occasion when participants from all delegations will have the opportunity to meet others and interact outside of their sport competitions. This activity is being prepared with ISF partners such as the International Fair Play Committee, the United World Wrestling, Peak, Kinder Joy of Moving, Fédération Internationale de Teqball, and Education First. The various different booths will be dedicated to Olympic Values, Fair Play, Safeguarding of Children in Sport, Laser Run, Frontball, Handi-mobility, wrestling and teqball.

School Sport Forum

The ISF Forum offers the opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding about the international school sport movement and to know more about subjects related to education, culture and sport through a series of plenary and panel sessions. It is the platform for exchange between representatives of school sport organisations and public authorities, intergovernmental organizations, sport federations and partners to highlight and strengthen the role of school sport and the ISF as a vehicle for public policies aimed at young students. 

This edition of the ISF Forum will focus on the main topic of “Healthy lifestyle: the Importance and Role of School sport” and will take place on the 18th of May in the CID.

Gathering youth, policy makers and sport leaders the forum will be the occasion to exchange on school sport and the different angles that intergovernmental organisations (Council of Europe, European Commission, Unesco, Confejes), International sport federations (FIBA, UWW, BWF…) and academia, consider the role of school sport when tackling public policies, gender equality, safeguarding of children in sport, sustainable development or developing national policies.


On the 19th and 20th of May from 6 to 8 pm, ISF partners and leaders in their field will be delivering seminars for both youth and adults on this first topic.

ISF commitment to this topic is based on the fact that: “We believe that all children have a right to play sport in an environment where they are safe, and their voices can be heard. What is officially recorded regarding children should apply to any stakeholder (volunteer, member, employee, manager…) of our organisation. Our focus is on raising awareness regarding safeguarding and ensuring the implementation of ISF Policy on the playing field level.” 

The seminar on the second topic will take place on the 18th of May under the title “NO REF NO SPORT!” and is being organised with the International Federation of Sport officials of which the ISF is a founding member.

Patrick Vajda, International Fencing Referee and President of IFSO, and Benjamin Gremion International Ice Hockey Referee, will share with their experiences of sports refereeing at the highest level for 90 minutes. They will explain how to manage the errors, the stress, and disputes encountered during refereeing. These two very experienced sports referees will also answer questions and show that despite their very different sporting origins, the questions they ask themselves, during exercise, are often almost identical.