ISM was delighted to obtain its accreditation as an Athlete Friendly Education Centre (AFEC) from the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) in early 2022.
We are pleased to share an exclusive interview with Riviera Radio and Mr Scott Gonsalves, Head of Whole-School Sport & Physical Education at ISM, which highlights the many advantages that the AFEC status provides for student athletes at ISM.
The AFEC accreditation is an internationally recognised programme that allows student-athletes at AFEC-accredited schools additional flexibility and support to complete their high school curriculum. Additional flexibility for ISM students includes adapted timetables according to sporting schedules, the availability of distance learning, as well as academic, safeguarding, counselling and wellbeing support. As an official partner with IB World Schools, among other networks, AFEC status also gives recognised student-athletes the opportunity to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) over a 3-year period instead of 2 years. Further support provided to students at AFEC schools includes webinars, the possibility to obtain a WAoS Athlete Certificate, and Q&A panels with Olympians, and empowerment coaching with Olympians.
We look forward to continuing to build upon this support network to offer our student athletes the best possible opportunities to be able to balance their sporting and education commitments.