The IFSC is determined to be active in terms of corporate social responsibility by performing activities that directly advance social goals. The IFSC believes that international sports movements possess considerable potential to contribute to positive social change and is keen on encouraging a positive impact through its activities.
The IFSC has developed social responsibility programmes especially in the areas of sport and youth development, gender equity, health, persons with disabilities and peace.
IFSC Athlete Career Programme
University campuses: Annecy - Lyon (France) and Shanghai (China). Open to athletes worldwide.
"Outdoor Sports Valley", an organisation as well as an expression that refers to both a region and a cluster of industries dedicated to outdoor sports. This area spans the Alps from Grenoble to Innsbruck, and encompasses tens of thousands of employees from the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet's most unique playgrounds.
Outdoor Sports Valley is proposing 2 educations programs (MSc in “Sports and Outdoor Industry Management” and Bachelor’s Degree in “Performance Sports Textile & Footwear”) for students wishing to join the outdoor industry.
The IFSC launched the Athlete Career Program to assist the athletes in making the transition from the sport to the professional field. The program relies on two complementary objectives that are often hard to achieve for elite athletes: access to education programs adapted to athletes’ constraints as well as access to selected job opportunities. These two objectives will be achieved through partnerships with universities and companies that recognize athletes’ value.
Climbing for All
Climbing for All studies the positive impact of climbing on health. Studies are carried out on:
Climbing offers a spontaneous and fun movement to everybody and gives them the opportunity to exercise, to improve the relationship with the environment and to decrease the risk of pathology related to sedentary life-style. “Climbing for All' is managed by the Medical Commission of IFSC.
Many studies are carried out. For example: we monitored the World Championships’ athletes from Ekaterinburg 2006 to Arco 2011. 15 women and 50 men from 12 countries (age 18-50) with different types of physical disabilities (medical, blood examination, ECG, fitness test) were studied.
The Results are: during six years all the athletes were in healthy conditions. Their fitness tests were between fit and optimum. The integration of climbers and paraclimbers was very good, also because the competition areas were the same. We achieved the maximum in Arco 2011 (same areas and same time).
The International Federation manages climbing and paraclimbing. The number of paraclimbers is increasing also in Youth and School competitions. We achieved a good relationship between people with disability and their own environment. Many disable people increased their work opportunity.
The IFSC Paraclimbing Competition Development (to enable disabled athletes to achieve sporting excellence).
The IFSC Paraclimbing competitions started officially in 2006. Previously, the FFME invited athletes with a disability to climb speed routes at the Chamonix World Championships in 2003.
Italian Paralympic Committee, IFSC Medical Commission, Scientific group from Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia), University of Perugia (Italy).
The first International Paraclimbing Competition took place in Russia, Ekaterinburg, within the European Championships 2006. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Japan and Russia took part in the competitions.
In 2008, the first IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organised in Moscow, Russia, within the IFSC Bouldering and Speed World Cup event. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Ukraine and Russia took part in the competitions. The next IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organised by FASI and Speed Rock Committee in 2009 on the wall of Bissina Dam in Val Daone (ITA). Athletes from Hungary, Italy and Russia participated in the competition. Asian Paraclimbing Championships 2009 took place in ChunCheon (KOR). Athletes from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Korea took part in the competition.
For the first time in 2010, IFSC Paraclimbing Cup series was organised. They took place in Ekaterinburg, (RUS), Val Daone (ITA) and Chiba (JPN). Thirty-eight climbers (26 men and 12 women) from Belarus, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia and Spain took part at the competitions.
The very good level of Paraclimbing competition was achieved in Arco (ITA). The first IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships were organised within the program of the eleventh World Championships in July 2011. Climbers with and without a disability were fully involved in the event from the opening ceremony until the closing ceremony. Thirty-five athletes (30 men and 5 women) from eleven countries competed.
The Paraclimbing World Championships now takes place every two years, parallel to the World Championships.
The IFSC Plenary Assembly 2019 unanimously approved the IFSC Paraclimbing Development Plan.
Promote Climbing in Africa
F.A.S.I (Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana) in collaboration with the NGO ACRA. The work of F.A.S.I is included in an ACRA project: “Tourism strategies for fighting poverty in Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Tanzania” financed by the European Union.
One of the most important social purpose of the IFSC is to create Climbing Federations in Africa. From 31st October 2010 to 12th November 2011, Clara Maria Cristaudo (Delegation leader of F.A.S.I ) and the Technical Expert, Giorgio Ferretti, were in the region of Diapaga (South-East of Burkina Faso between the two most important national parks) in order to:
The mission reached the goal and on June and July 2011 Pascal Ouoba Souglimpo was invited to Italy by the F.A.S.I for:
The Burkina Faso project has been selected as one of the top 3 worldwide projects in the year 2013. The nomination, received at the International Forum 2013, highlights the results achieved from the project and its impact on the field.
Transportation of a climbing wall in the region of Diapaga in the center of the park to be used by the local youth and tourists.
Visit the website Africa Sport Climbing for more information.
Gender Equality for 2018
National Federations, athletes as well as the Commissions and Board of the IFSC and sponsor partners.
We started with gender equity in our sport with having equal prize money for men and women from the very beginning. Additionally, we have equal participation from men and women and equal exposure during our competitions. We also believe it is important to have gender equity in the administration of our sport.
A strategic plan was created to develop gender equity in the administration of sport climbing at both the National and International levels of the IFSC. We encourage gender equity on our technical commissions. Currently two women sit on the Executive Board of the IFSC. We are currently seeking to add more exposure to decision making in our organisation through Ad Hoc Working Groups.
Our plan is to look for and develop leadership and talent for both genders; focusing specifically on female athletes and female national leaders to move into leadership positions at the international level. We are succeeding in our strategic plan began in 2016.
Additionally, the IFSC Officers and Continental Council Presidents are working to promote gender equity at the National Federation level encouraging involvement of women in official, administrative and political governance capacity. There has been a large shift in the number of women in attendance at the annual Plenary Assembly and in official training course.
54% of IFSC staff are female [as of 29 September 2020].
Partnership with Peace & Sport on using climbing as a tool to address social problems within communities
Worldwide Peace and Sport projects
MoU signed in 2011, implementation in next months.
Peace and Sport, a Monaco based organisation working for sustainable peace throughout the world. To achieve this it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities.
Peace & Sport’s mission is creating simple tools to enhance sport activities therefore promoting sport’s values.
Climbing can be brought to people on short and simple structure, such as building walls, wood structure, 2-3 meters high rock boulder.
Safety is ensured by mats and low height climbing, the climbing partner is present to catch the falling climber and bring him smoothly to the ground. Simple climbing exercises are proposed, creating personal and group challenge.
Climbing brings benefits in term of values (you are responsible of someone else safety and at the same time acting as their advisor) and in physiological term (climbing request balance, use of both legs and arms, flexibilty, strength and strategy).
The IFSC Executive Board is responsible for allocation of the funds to the applicants.
The Event Organiser may provide free accommodation for a fixed number of athletes.
Continental Councils filter communication between the IFSC and NFs collecting applications and proposing a first selection of the most deserving athletes/NFs.
National Federations are the intermediary between IFSC/CCs and their athletes. Athletes are the main focus of the Solidarity Program.
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