Envic Galea receives Special IJF Award

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 14:56

During the Gala Dinner of the IJF 65th Anniversary, Envic Galea received the award for the “IJF Academy Development” for the extraordinary growth of the Academy.

In 2012 the president of the IJF Marius Vizer wanted that the IJF, now with more than twenty million members, would have its own institute. He wanted that this academy would give the National Federations a dedicated structure through which Coaches and Administrators could improve their skills professionally to meet the modern requirements of sport.

Envic Galea then still General Secretary of the European Judo Union was entrusted with this responsibility. Envic brought together the top experts of International Judo and reached an agreement with TF University of Budapest to deliver the Judo Science subjects. During the congress in Rio Brazil, in 2013, the President officially launched the IJF Academy. Mr. Vizer stated that the Academy is one of the IJF most important projects.

The Academy set up a dedicated online platform to deliver these subjects in a most flexible way in nine languages and once the subjects were studied and the students proved that they qualify to attend the final examinations, they were invited to Budapest for the final week of assessment.

The academy grew so quickly that the IJF experts started travelling to the 5 continents to hold these examinations. In the meanwhile, some Federations started asking if their Universities could certify these courses in their own countries. As there were many of these institutions who were asking for this arrangement, it was decided that the IJF Academy obtains a teaching license, and therefore reach a memorandum of understanding with these Universities.

At this IJF Congress, in Budapest, this August, Envic Galea presented the report on the progress of these four years and plans for the future. The academy today has over 1,727 students from 78 National Federations studying the science of coaching.

As Malta is well structured in the European Qualification framework for further and Higher Education and has a very good reputation for such institutions, the IJF decided to incorporate and register the Academy in Malta and apply for a Maltese Teaching license. The Judo Facilities in Pembroke will serve as headquarters for regional activities for these courses.

The IJF Academy has also started organizing administration courses for Judo Club and Association administrators fully on line. More courses are in the pipeline, such as Judo for the Police worldwide in collaboration with the IJF Commission for Police and Military and Judo for Schools.

Envic Galea, after serving for 26 years on the executive of the European Judo Union, last December did not contest his post as General Secretary, to dedicate more time to the Academy. The EJU awarded him Life Honorary membership at the EJU Congress for his long service.


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