Recommendation for full accreditation of the FFV National Sail Training Programme has been successfully approved by ISAF. The four day inspection from 7-10 September included a comprehensive review of the programme management combined with visits to a range of schools and the National Sailing School in Brittany.
Andy Jeffrey, the ISAF Inspector responsible for carrying out the inspection said, "The considerable work that has been carried out recently to update the delivery and consistency of sail training in France, combined with the integration of sailing into main stream schools, places the FFV in a strong position to deliver a truly cohesive national programme.
"The commitment and enthusiasm of Sylvie Lasseaux, Philippe Delhaye and Olivier Bovyn, supported by the FFV President Jean-Pierre Champion, Vice Chairman Jean Kerhoas and the other management of the FFV, has resulted in an excellent example of a partnership approach that appears to be both effective and sustainable."
Olivier Bovyn, Chairman of the ISAF Development and Youth Committee and host for the practical based FFV inspections said of the successful recommendation, "It is a great honour to have been part of the receiving end of this inspection and to see the hard work of all those in the FFV that have made this ISAF visit possible be rewarded with the 'ISAF Recognized Training' accreditation.
"I urge all other countries looking for an international endorsement of their national programmes to contact ISAF. The help and support available to all national sailing federations is so much more now than ever before which makes this a good time to be involved in the sport."
Speaking to ISAF before the inspection Jean Kerhoas made it clear how France and the FFV wanted to help other nations in their development, "We are convinced that communicating on the way that we organized the modernization of our programme as well as the results we have obtained might be a real help for countries who would like to know how to structure their own sail training programmes."
Dan Jaspers, Training and Development Manager at ISAF said of the news, "This result is a real sign that the 'ISAF Recognized Training' accreditations are helping our member nations to work together in developing national programmes. With France and the FFV onboard many of our emerging Nations will be able to access help and support to enable their federations to grow.
"At the Annual Conference this year in November I will be presenting a detailed review of the FFV Inspection as well as giving one-to-one guidance to those MNA delegates present that need help in applying for the IOC funded Courses and Development Programmes that can help get an MNA to this stage.
"I advise all ISAF Members to come and join us in Puerto Rico. Once again thanks to the FFV for their support and dedication to worldwide development."
If you think that your National Training Programme would benefit from the ISAF Recognized Training accreditation or for a full FFV Accreditation Report plus previous inspection reports then go to the ISAF sailing.org website here
For any other information on ISAF Initiatives that could help grow participation in the sport of sailing contact our Training and Development Manager, Dan Jaspers here