FISEC was created in 1948 and in 1995 it was awarded the title of 'recognised organisation' by the International Olympic Committee.
FISEC counts 14 member countries: Austria, Flanders/Belgium, France, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Palestine, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and USA. Brazil and Croatia are currently candidate members.
Sports Events and Rules of Participation
Every year, FISEC offers games organised by an affiliated federation. The Organising Committee presents at the General Assembly the sports to be included in the programme. They are selected from the list below:
Individual events : athletics, swimming, tennis, table tennis (badminton, cross-country)
Team events: basket-ball, hand-ball, volleyball.
Participation to these events is restricted to pupils registered in a school which they regularly attend, whatever their nationality. Participants, boys and girls, must not be older than 17 on 31st December of the year of the Games.
For team events, members of the team may come from the same school, or from different schools. For individual events, it is a national selection by member countries.
Other events may be organised under the aegis of FISEC, provided they have previously been approved by the Executive Committee.
History of FISEC
FISEC dates back to an initiative by UGSEL in France in 1946, under the impulse of its Secretary General Yves Bouvyer, together with Mr. De Nayer (a teacher from Belgium) and Mr. Walsh (Great Britain).
At the time, those involved wanted to draw public awareness to the growing importance of sports and physical activity and encourage education chiefs, in particular in Catholic schools, to confer a wide place to these activities in the physical, human and christian education of the young.
After a number of football tournaments between English, Belgian and French teams in 1946 and 1947, the real kick-off for FISEC was given in 1948, with the first boys’ games organised in Monaco. In 1952, Spain joined FISEC and in 1959 were organised the first games for girls in Leuven (Belgium). In 1980, the boys’ and girls’ games were merged into one organisation. Besides te Summer Games, the Spring Games will be held during the Easter holidays.
Since 1992, FISEC has set itself the target of professionalising its own organisations through the definition of strict conditions and the signature of a mutually binding contract between the Organising Committee of the host country and FISEC.
FISEC is constituted of the various national catholic education organisations which aim to integrate sports and physical education within general education, and are recognised in their own countries.
The FISEC objectives, within the framework of youth activities, are to:
take part in the promotion of sports and physical education;
facilitate meetings and exchanges between the young;
contribute to the development of sports in schools;
research sports-related issues, in co-operation with other international organisations;
organise and coordinate all activities with an educational and christian instruction aim;
play an active part in the life of the whole international community, in particular through understanding and friendship between the young.
For more information please go to http://www.fisec.org/