One of the central parts of the AISTS program is the Team Project, a seven-month group work where class participants work on real-life projects with an international sports federation or organisation.

Here, we shine the light on some of class of 2020’s projects, which are currently underway. Presentations will be live-streamed in June, and you can see some of the previous year’s presentations on the AISTS YouTube.

Human legacy for the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games

Sunghwan Kim, Guillaume Orts, and Robert Sheppard at Lausanne 2020

Robert Sheppard, Guillaume Orts, and Sunghwan Kim are working with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Corporate Development, Brand and Sustainability Department (CoBraS), looking at human legacy.

Robert said: “Having the opportunity to take part in these team projects with a real life organisation, in our case the IOC, is such a great learning experience. It allows us to experience working with international sporting organisations and learn how to achieve deliverables very relevant to the world of sport. It also helps us to hone our teamwork and project management skills.


“Our client is the IOC and they are tasking us to developing a way to measure the human legacies (or the human outcomes) of international sporting events, using the Winter Youth Olympic Lausanne 2020 as a baseline to create this measurement tool.

“We are interviewing and speaking to Athletes, Staff, Volunteers, Youth and the General Public involved in this event in the local region to see what skills they learned, attributes they obtained and how they think their experience in an international sporting event impacted their future. It really is an exciting project and thank you to AISTS for letting us take part in it.”

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Benchmarking for The International Federation of Sports Officials (IFSO)

Rijul Sharda, Eric Mackenzie and Xiaohan (Kristy) Wen at The Hague, The Netherlands

Rijul Sharda and his team, Eric Mackenzie and Xiaohan (Kristy) Wen, are busy benchmarking the recruitment of sports officials for the International Federation of Sports Officials (IFSO). Their journey led them to The Hague in Netherlands where they recently presented to the organisation.

Rijul said: “A couple of weeks ago I travelled to The Hague in the Netherlands to attend and present at the General Assembly of the IFSO. I am very thankful to AISTS. A year ago, I couldn’t have even imagined attending a general assembly of an International Sports Federation, let alone presenting at one.

“During the sports master program at AISTS, every participant has to undertake a client team project, where we basically do a consultation project with a real-life client.

“I consider myself very fortunate to be in a team with Eric and Xiaohan. The objective of our project with IFSO is to create a benchmark document outlining the recruitment process of sport officials by International Sport Federations at the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

“To complete this project, we are conducting surveys and interviews with around 25 International Sports Federations.”

Assessing the current state of play for women’s football coaching with FIFA

Kristian d’Amore, Brenda Nava, Pouya Yaghoubinia, and Saloni Gupta with their clients at FIFA HQ

Kristian d’Amore and his teammates Brenda Nava, Pouya Yaghoubinia, and Saloni Gupta are working with FIFA to analyse the current state of women’s football coaching.

Kristian said: “Last month, we had a fantastic time at the Home of FIFA for all-day client meetings with the Women’s Football Department. We are very excited to be working with them as part of our AISTS2020 program, analyzing the current situation of football coaching for women.

“For our group – myself, Pouya, Brenda, and Saloni – it is time to get to work on all the great ideas discussed in the room.”

Are you an organisation or federation interested in taking part in a team project with AISTS? Find out more here.

Experience the world of sport in the Olympic Capital

Participants attend several full-day workshops throughout the programme to experience sport. These sessions are delivered by the sport organisations and federations themselves and provide a unique hands-on experience and well as an ideal opportunity to connect to our alumni and experts working in the industry.