WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE THE WORLD FEDERATION FOR COMPANY SPORT (WFCS)?As many French and European leaders, it has been a long time that I have planned about the creation project of a World Federation for Company Sport. Indeed, I was convinced that it is an essential step regarding the democratization of implementing physical activity within the workplace. Company sport needs to be everyday more visible, clear and legible. To exist at national level, we need to be present at the scale of the continent and for that purpose, we need to develop and organize company sport at international level. At first, I was approached by the Asian Company Sport Federation that includes a dozen countries around Pakistan and India to consider a possible collaboration with the European Federation for Company Sport of which I am the President because they felt that the model of EFCS was really relevant. More than a partnership, and after our discussion, it was clear that the creation of an independent world organization can be the right way to develop company sport. At the same time, contacts with China, Japan and South Korea confirmed our orientation and project. Gradually, the idea of a World Federation for Company Sport has been clearer and clearer as company sport answers to a need clearly expressed as well by employees and employers. Whether it was for social issues, management, corporate culture, networking, productivity or health, the positive impact of physical activity in the workplace is now recognized. Employees’ well-being and performance: two arguments that resonate with employees and key decision makers. It’s summarized in this baseline: company sport is much more than sport!
IN A MORE PRACTICAL WAY, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE WORLD FEDERATION FOR COMPANY SPORT (WFCS)?The main objective of the World Federation for Company Sport is to maintain, promote and develop sport and physical activities in the professional context. To fulfill these objectives, several tools and actions will be organized by our organization. At first, the Federation will be in charge of the organization of international sport festivals and events. One important activity of the Federation will concern World Company Summer and Winter Games. The first World Company Summer Games will take place in June 2016. You will know the host city really soon. Furthermore, as part of the promotion of company sport, WFCS will participate and organize workshops, conferences, congress regarding topics and issues related to company sport and well-being, health, performance, management… Finally, the Federation will also be a wide and rich space of expertise, goods practices and experiences’ exchanges between WFCS different members. Assuming the fact that we are always stronger as a group and with many stakeholders, we create this structure at international level in the same way as we acted for European Federation for Company Sport. The need to meet together, the need to share together, the need to gather together and build together: here are great ambitions that we expect to complete in the next years.There are many areas and issues to deal with but they are so ambitious and exciting. Only an effective, respectful and diverse organization can meet these challenges. So come on and join us now!
On the road for Athens 2020
Around 50 delegates from WFCS representing 18 countries were present in Athens for two important times of the World Federation for Company Sport :
The Coordinators Meeting was implemented in order to prepare and visit sport facilities, accommodations places as well as social times meeting places for the third Edition of the Games from 17 th to 21 st June 2020. A wonderful time for participants, really emotional and inspirational in the ground of the Olympic Games. WCSG in Athens in 2020 with no double will be exceptional and memorable time.
The General Assembly took place on Saturday of the World Federation. Major decisions taken were :
- Reelection of the new Executive Committee conducted by Didier Besseyre, elected for a new 4 year mandate. The list of members of the Executive Committee is as following :
o President : Didier Besseyre (France)
o General Secretary : Musa Lami (Germany)
o Treasurer : Anne Pascale Guedon (France)
o Vice President : Umberto Ilardo (Italy) and Janez Sodrznik (Slovenia)
o Vice President Continent : Africa (Younes El Mechrafi from Morocco), Asia (JI Yunxi from China) and Europe (Guy de Grauwe from Belgium)
o Deputy General Secretary : Francisco Garcia (Spain)
o Deputy General Treasurer : Haidy Aron Campan (France)
o Members : Spiridon Karavoulis (Greece), Uwe Tronnier (Germany) and Reinhard Sitzler (Austria)
- Galina Gorbatenkova (Latvia), Frédéric Delannoy (France) and Dirk Van Haelter (Belgium) have been elected as members of the Electoral Committee
- Luigi Fortuna (Italy) and Hugues Campan (France) have been elected as members of the Control Comittee
Final time of the GA concerned the election of host cities for World Company Sport Games in 2022 and 2024. The winners are Leon from Mexico in 2022 and Catania from Italy in 2024.
Five new members have also joined and been accepted by the General Assembly :
Iran – Iran Association for Company Sport
Morocco – APSEM Association for the Promotion of Company Sport of Morocco
Russia – All Russian Physical culture and Sport Society « Labor Reserves » // Labor Reserves as a full member //
Serbia – Serbian Federation for Company Sport
Sweden – The Swedish Association of Healthy Workplaces and Company Sport