International Baccalaureate partners with World Academy of SportNovember 12, 2017, 5:30 am GMT
The International Baccalaureate has partnered with the World Academy of Sport to support student athletes aged 16-18 years in managing the balance between academic study and training as high performing athletes.
The new partnership means that accredited schools, known as Athlete Friendly Education Centres (AFEC), that deliver the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) will now offer their student athletes the option to extend their study and complete the IBDP over the course of three or four years rather than the standard two-year period.
To be AFEC accredited, schools must meet defined criteria and demonstrate that the school understands the requirements of high performing athletes and assist them through athlete-friendly flexible policies and procedures.
Adrian Kearney, director of IB World Schools at the International Baccalaureate said: "Balancing training and competing at a national level of elite sport with their education is incredibly challenging for students and we want to ensure they obtain an excellent education that reflects their true academic ability. By extending the DP course to span three or four years, we hope student athletes will feel supported in their academic study by participating in a programme which is considerate of their time and wellbeing."
World Academy of Sport director Chris Solly added: "For us this hard work over many years has established great trust amongst the IB and our sport partners and is now instilling incremental and systemic development for both sport and education. When we see the results that now hundreds of student-athletes lives are positively impacted due to the incredible work of the AFEC schools and their dedicated staff it is the only reward we set out to achieve."
The AFEC initiative, which launched in 2015, was set up to assess the issue of balancing student athletes' sporting and school commitments
Student athletes who successfully complete their studies within a period of up to four years will be awarded the full IB Diploma. In order for schools and students to benefit from the partnership, the school must be accredited as an AFEC school and students must be recognised by the WAoS as being national level athletes.
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