The International School of Monaco and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) were pleased to announce today the launch of the AFEC Championships, with the first edition to be hosted at ISM in October 2023.

The first AFEC Championships, a tennis edition, will be held from October 12th to 14th, 2023. This event will take place in Monaco and its surroundings and will feature competition tables of 16 boys and 16 girls of student-players aged U18.

In parallel to the championship matches, student-athletes will be invited to attend educational sessions that will focus on the support required for young tennis players to become professional tennis players. The event will be exclusively reserved for Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) schools and the surrounding host community.

Apostolos Rigas, Head of Learning Innovation at WAoS, commented about the launch, “Participants will have a unique opportunity combining both sport competition (in this edition Tennis) in an international environment with educational sessions and intercultural exchanges. These experiences will enhance their drive, motivation and pathway awareness, towards potentially pursuing a professional career in sports”. Rigas continued, “The team at WAoS is looking forward to bringing together student-athletes from the AFEC network in a first sporting event of its kind for our organisation, and hosting this event with ISM provides a great example of working in partnership to enrich the lives of student-athletes through such opportunities”.

The AFEC Championship structure provides opportunities for AFEC schools to increase their engagement with the AFEC network through the hosting of single-sport championships, with the goal of seeing the AFEC Championships develop into a global series of competitions across a variety of sports.

Working with World Academy of Sport as the inaugural host of the AFEC Championships, ISM’s Director Mr Stuart Bryan stated, “The International School of Monaco is delighted to be hosting the first-ever World Academy of Sport (WAoS) Tennis Championships in Monaco in October 2023. We hope that this event will provide a model for many other WAoS sporting championships around the world, and we are thrilled to collaborate with the World Academy of Sport to continue to offer fantastic sporting opportunities to our student-athletes, as well as other student-athletes in Monaco and the region, as part of our accreditation from WAoS as an Athlete-Friendly Education Centre (AFEC).”

To read the World Academy of Sport’s full press release about the event, please click here.


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