International Federation visits to UEFA and the UCI

As part of the AISTS program our MAS class visits various international federations and sports organisations to gain hands-on experience and get an inside look at the sports industry. 

Visits are organised throughout our academic year to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Studies Centre, World Archery, Omega, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), POMOCA – manufacturer of ski touring skins, the Swiss Anti-Doping Laboratory (LAD), as well as most recently to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). 

Last week the Class of 2019 visited the headquarters of European football, in Nyon.  UEFA is the governing body of European football and is an association of associations, a representative democracy, and is the umbrella organisation for 55 national football associations across Europe.

Each year our participants attend a full day workshop led by the UEFA Academy.  The day is spent at the headquarters hearing from various speakers from UEFA who cover topics on the structure of the association, the club competitions organisation and roles along with the UEFA Champions League competition model and sports betting and match-fixing.  The class are also put through a simulation activity, based on a UEFA Champions League event. 

The AISTS class also get to connect and catch up with our alumni working at UEFA.  To date, we currently have more than 10 alumni working with UEFA across various departments.  Thanks to those who stopped by and said hello. 

Some of the AISTS Alumni working at UEFA

Another visit we do is our annual visit to the UCI, the Union Cycliste Internationale, which occurred today.  The UCI is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events and is based in Aigle, Switzerland.  At the UCI there is the World Cycling Centre (WCC) which is a high-level training and education centre, developed for young athletes and professional to train and attend courses.  Today’s visit started at the WCC with both a track cycling introduction and also a BMX session.  For some of our participants riding on an indoor track is a new activity and a great experience, along with an outdoor introduction to pumptrack BMX.  Participants were given lessons in both activities for the morning session and then had four sessions in the afternoon with various presenters from the UCI covering marketing, communications, performance and women’s cycling.     

Our alumni working at the UCI

Currently, we have 3 alumni working (pictured above) at the UCI: Kevin Beckers, class of 2016, International Relations Coordinator, Pavla Foley, class of 2017, Team Coordinator – Road and Andrei Krasilnikau, class of 2018, Technical Assistant, who graduated at the end of last year and is a former professional road cyclist.  Andrei, two-time national road champion from Belarus, was a pro cyclist for over 9 years, cycling with professional teams in Switzerland, France and the USA.  He has participated in numerous European and World Championship and recently officially retired from cycling.  After finishing up his commitments with his team TAB-Citadel, managed by George Hincapie, Andrei secured an internship with the UCI in the technical department which then transitioned into a permanent job.  Andrei has been able to successfully combine his professional riding career with his education, engineering and sports management, to secure a job that is perfect for him. 

2019 participant Myungwon Lee from Korea commented,

Not only as a class do we get a change to see up close what the daily life in a sport federation looks like, but we also get a hands on experience as an athlete for the day too 

If you would like to know more about our AISTS program and are interested in applying for our next class please visit www.aists.org. Our next applications process begins on the 1st of September, 2019 with the three application deadlines being:

  • 1st of November 2019
  • 1st of February 2020
  • 1st of May 2020  

The next MAS edition will commence in September 2020.   

For further information please email info@aists.org 


About the AISTS

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the IOC and leading Swiss institutions and universities. A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections. Our flagship program is the postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sport Administration and Technology – educating aspiring sport managers from all over the world since 2003. Each year, the AISTS delivers over 900 hours of continuing education, workshops, seminars and projects, bringing together over 100 international sports experts in the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Medicine, and Sociology – all in the efforts of building a better world through sport.

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