How can student athletes juggle elite sports and academics? Well-positioned to accommodate both elite athletic aspirations and academic potential, schools can provide innovative approaches to supporting students and their families. In Switzerland, Campus des Nations is the first and only international school to offer student athletes the best possible means to achieve top academic qualifications in conjunction with a demanding sports life.
Antoine Laffay, Director of Sports at Campus des Nations, has a wealth of experience in Physical Education and providing avenues for student athletes to succeed. He spoke with International School Parent Magazine about the Nations Sports+ programme, which creates a tailored programme for the individual student athlete based on their age, level and sport. Welcoming disciplines outside the school’s curricular and extracurricular sports, the programme is built on four pillars:
- Individualised physical training sessions before and after school to avoid clashes with class time.
- A dedicated medical team that ensures the physical wellbeing of students.
- Steady academic progress through careful planning around sports fixtures, guidance and supervision of learning needs.
- Awareness raising on issues related to the world of elite sports.
Working within the framework of the IB curriculum, the Nations Sports+ programme includes close partnerships with local clubs and federations essential to a students’ athletic development, encouraging students to surpass themselves both academically and athletically.