FISU announces partnership with EPIC to develop and implement innovative multi-sport event planning model for Naples 2019
Lausanne; 10 September 2016: The 30th edition of the Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy, in 2019 will mark a special anniversary for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) as it will be 60 years since the inaugural Universiade was staged in another Italian city, Turin, and 70 years since the formation of FISU.
Italy has played a special and decisive role in the successful development of FISU, and Naples will be an ideal city in which to celebrate these milestones.
Due to Naples’ reduced preparation timelime of 34 months (instead of 60) FISU has today signed a contract with US-based strategic event planning company EPIC to help ensure adequate support for the organisers through the development and implementation of an innovative event planning model.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to support FISU and Naples 2019 SU organisers and to put into action what we believe is a more efficient and cost-sensitive operational planning paradigm conceived after working with 23 OCs and OCOGs over more than 30 years in the event industry", EPIC President Alan Shaw commented.
In alignment with the principles of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 to reduce the cost and complexity of major sporting events, the model simplifies and streamlines planning and minimises the steep learning curve experienced by most sports event organisers.
The model centres around a core team of experienced individuals who develop 20 critical ‘foundation components’ early in a Games’ lifecycle. The model will steer organisers away from establishing themselves as a hierarchical, reactive organisation by activating a more concentric, proactive approach that integrates planning from the outset.
FISU and EPIC representatives kicked-off the initial planning phase with the 2019 Summer Universiade Organising Committee during a recently held three-day workshop in Naples.