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First AFEC School in Italy

World International School of Torino (WINS) becomes the first Athlete Friendly Education Centre in Italy! They join 27 other like-minded institutions who are all committed to improving the lives of thousands of student-athletes. This global network provides flexible learning pathways to student-athletes with policies and procedures, as well as excellent support services. They provide the opportunity for student-athletes to continue to remain equally committed to both sporting and academic commitments.

World Academy of Sport (WAoS) is thrilled to have WINS join the AFEC network. Created by the Formiga Family, pioneers in the international school sector since 1958. WINS put their learners at the heart of their educational approach. With a truly international vocation coupled with a strong passion for nurturing talent, they provide the continuum of International Baccalaureate education within an inspiring multicultural environment where students can thrive and grow to become well rounded adults. In addition to WINS’ innovative indoor facilities, students have access to a 2,000 square meter outdoor area.

When virtually visiting the school, Riccardo Mazzetti OLY, Olympian AFEC Assessor from Italy, instantly felt the passion and energy from the staff at WINS who is committed to help their student-athletes: WINS staff showed us incredible energy and commitment in helping young student-athletes growing up in both, sport and study. I'm proud to be part of the first successful AFEC Assessment in my country.”

Shirley Addison OLY, Olympian AFEC Assessor from the United Kingdom, summarised the thorough effort that WINS is and will be dedicating to student-athletes: “WINS understands what it takes to provide the best possible support for student athletes: flexible timetables, individual support plans and an overwhelming desire to make it work. The passionate staff at WINS are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that every student-athlete can succeed academically whilst dedicating a significant chunk of their time to training.”

Elisa Prisco, Head of special projects and new business at WINS, coordinated the virtual assessment visit and shared her thoughts on how this AFEC accreditation will help the school in the short and long run: “WINS values – excellence, integrity, forward-thinking, passion – will certainly find a significant enhancement from AFEC’s philosophy and approach. Eventually, the IB’s aim to contribute to developing committed, responsible, and engaged adults-to-be finds support and continuity in AFEC’s mission as well; this is an incredible opportunity for WINS to express the IB goals at an extended level. Lastly, WINS believes that AFEC school network will represent a unique opportunity for ongoing discussions with realities that interpret the IB and AFEC world in different cultural scenarios.”

Paolo Pietro Formiga, Founder & CEO of WINS, added: “Sports & Education are at the core of WINS’ philosophy and identity. Student-athletes face daily challenges by balancing demanding school expectations and sports schedules. Their passion and commitment have to be honoured and, foremost, encouraged as an example for everybody. AFEC accreditation is an additional element of pride for WINS and an evidence of its belief in the Sports & Education combination.”

WAoS is excited to work with WINS and help them further enhance their support to student-athletes. Benny Lin OLY, Olympian AFEC Assessor based in the United States, concluded by highlighting the great future of WINS and their student-athletes: “WINS has shown their commitment throughout the entire AFEC accreditation process. They have proven to us that they understand the challenges student-athletes face and WINS can assist without compromising their education and social life. I look forward to seeing WINS producing future sporting champions.”

7 October 2021

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