Kinder Joy of moving and ISF keep on teaming up for the development of activities aimed at moving as many youngsters as possible and spreading the culture of movement as a principle of a joyful life.
Together we share the positive values of sport as an experience of growth, relationships, friendship, fair play, multiculturalism and inclusion: we engage generations of young people through an inclusive approach based on respect, integration and mutual understanding.
Sport is not only performance or victory but includes all those moments lived together on and off the field, having fun, sharing joyful situations and creating meaningful bonds.
ISF, the International School Sports Federation since 1972, is dedicated to educating through sport, and is the perfect partner for Kinder Joy of moving because it agrees with our mission and goals. Every year it organizes events involving students from all over the world to practice different sports and discover all the pleasures and values of a healthy life with movement.
Events such as the 19th edition of the ISF Gymnasiade that took place in Normandy, France, from the 14th to the 22nd May 2022: the event has gathered 3,500 school students athletes from over 70 countries who have competed in 17 sports and 3 para sports (Archery, Athletics, Artistic Gymnastics, Badminton, Basketball 3x3, Boxing, Beach Volleyball, Breakdance, Fencing, Judo, Orienteering, Rugby 7, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Para Athletics, Para Judo and Para Swimming).
To emphasize the event there has been the awarding of the Fair Play Trophy to recognize the people who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating loyalty, respect, and honesty during the matches.
This was not just a simple sporting event, but an opportunity for young people to meet and find excellent facilities ready to welcome them.
Moreover, the cooperation with International Federations and the local sports movement has been an additional plus that has provided a fantastic experience for all the participants.
The educational program, the conferences, and seminars on topics such as health, gender equality, child protection in sports as well as the cultural program have been very special and have helped highlight various aspects of the history and culture of the Normandy territories.
The event has taken place in the department of Orne, Manche, Calvados, Seine-Maritime and Eure involving nine key cities in total such as Caen, Deauville, Ecouves le Havre, Montivilliers, Pont-Audemer, Rouen, Val de Reuil, Granville. At the heart of the event has been the city of Deauville, one of the epicenters of the event hosting the main operational activities and ceremonies.
“Thanks to the high-level support and cooperation with the State, the Normandy Region, the nine host cities, and the organising committee of UNSS – explained ISF president, Laurent Petrynka - we are confident that the ISF members have left a fantastic sporting, educational and cultural experience in France. We are very happy that Kinder Joy of moving continues to stand by ISF to promote active lifestyles among the younger generation with a series of events like this one”
The 19th edition of the ISF Gymnasiade has been a new and valuable occasion of sport and celebration both for the organizers and for the participating students, to reaffirm once again how much the movement and interaction with different people and cultures is important in the lives of children to help them develop in the name of joy and respect.