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Academia Britanica Cuscatleca joins the AFEC Network

In February, WAoS visited Academia Britanica Cuscatleca (ABC), El Salvador as one of our initial hybrid style accreditation visits. This involved some of our assessment team being on-site and some calling in virtually to with staff and student-athletes throughout the visit. It was a great success and gave the school the opportunity to meet and gain insights from more assessors.

The accreditation visit was a success and Academic Britanica Cuscatleca becomes the first school in El Salvador to be an accredited WAoS Athlete Friendly Education Centre.

School Director, Mr Stephen Lang was involved in a number of discussions throughout the visit which also included a visit to the offices of the national Olympic committee and facilities used by national level athletes. Mr Lang said,

'We enjoyed hosting the colleagues from WAoS and found the experience of the accreditation visit to be overwhelmingly positive and helpful. The collaborative and transparent style in which the assessment was conducted created a sense of trust which supported an honest and open enquiry into the school’s capability to be an AFEC. We agree entirely with the priorities set out in the visit and look forward to working with the WAoS to continually develop and improve the way in which we support elite athletes (and potential elite athletes) in their sports and academic journeys.'

Heather Fell OLY, who had the opportunity to be part of the on-site assessment team commented on her experience.

It was a pleasure to visit ABC and witness firsthand the passion for sport from both the staff and students. There is a healthy balance of academic and sporting support from the staff who together manage to adapt the timetable and provide online learning for the student athletes. This results in the student athletes being able to fulfil their training commitments and whilst maintaining very high academic standards. A clear athlete pathway has been developed at the school with athletes from a large age range representing their country as well as locally. The support that the student athletes receive from the school is reflected in the athlete's passion and pride we witnessed, all clearly wanting to represent ABC as well as their national commitments. The positivity and unity from the school and the students shone through at ABC.

Congratulations to all the team at Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, particularly to Ana Cecilia Hernandez Caceres on the work already being achieved to support the schools student-athletes. The WAoS team is looking forward to working with Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, both staff and students as it continues to develop and deliver support to student-athletes.

6 June 2023

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