An array of representatives from governments and suppliers to major events, as well as from Olympic and Paralympic Games Candidate Cities, have now joined the 2016 IPC Academy Campus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the start of the Games Experience Programme which takes place between 12-14 September.
Delivered by the IPC Academy – the educational division created in 2009 as a partnership between the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) – the 2016 IPC Academy Campus (4-17 September) is a unique event-based learning initiative that gives stakeholders of major sports events the chance to learn from their peers during the Paralympic Games. The IPC Academy Campus features an Observers’ Programme, Games Experience Programme (GEP), Inclusion Summit and a Closing Cocktail Reception.
“The GEP is aimed at allowing governments, senior OCOG leaders, stakeholders and those involved in the supply chain of the Paralympic Games to understand the complex delivery of such an event,” says Chris Solly, Director of the IPC Academy. “Specifically, it aims to deliver a multi-stakeholder perspective of the Games’ management by providing unprecedented insights and privileged access to understand and observe specific core operating functions and the strategic foresight required to deliver such a mega event.”
Standing alongside but distinct from the IPC Observers’ Programme, the GEP allows governments and other stakeholders to immerse themselves in a three-day tailored learning programme.
Over the next few days, GEP attendees will hear from a variety of expert speakers including Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC; Andrew Parsons, Vice President of the IPC and President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee; Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services; Matt Smith, Executive Director of FISA; David de Behr, Head of Global Events, Aggreko; and Michele Hyron, Chief Integrator for Rio 2016, Atos.
Day One will cover ‘Crafting Winning Strategies for Host Cities’, Day Two will address ‘The Making of a Successful Host City: Legacy, Networks, Infrastructure and Operations’ and Day Three will examine ‘Engaging Partners, Communities and Audiences’.
“As well as hearing from our expert speakers, the attendees of the GEP will also have exclusive access behind the scenes at a range of Paralympic venues in operational mode,” says Solly. “Not only will they see first-hand how these venues function but they will also get to meet and hear from IPC and Rio 2016 representatives during the course of the visits.”
About IPC Academy Campus
The IPC Academy Campus is taking place in Rio de Janeiro between 4-17 September 2016.
Its Event Partners include the Adecco Group and the UK’s Department for International Trade. Its Media Partners are Sportcal (Intelligence Partner), Major Events International (Digest Partner), Around the Rings (Online Partner), Host City (Magazine Partner) and AXS Chat (Social Media Partner).
For further information about the the IPC Academy Campus, please visit www.ipcacademycampus.com or contact Claire Bennett, Project Coordinator, World Academy of Sport firstname.lastname@example.org.
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