Dr. Uri Schaefer
President, International Council of Sport Sciences and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
Past President, International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).
CEO of The Association for the Advancement of the Status and Rights of Coaches in Sportsand Physical Training (R.A.), Israel.
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Dr. Uri Schaefer is the President of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (elected in 2016 for a 4-year term and reelected in May 2021 for a 4-year term). He lectures at the MBA program specializing in Sport Management at the National Institute for Sporting Excellence – the Wingate Institute in cooperation with the Rupin Academic College, Israel.
He is a graduate of the Wingate College for Physical Education and Sport and received his Swimming Coaching Diploma from the Nat Holman School for Coaches at Wingate. He received his master’s degree at the Tel Aviv University in the field of study and research in Education, and his Doctorate degree specializing in Sociology of Sport and Social Psychology from the Semmelweis, (Sport), University in Budapest, Hungary.
His professional career included being the Director- General of the Wingate Institute (10 years), and Deputy Director - General and Director of the Sport Administration in the Ministry of Culture and Sport,Israel (8years).
His main area of research and interests include sport management and sport strategy, coach education and coaching, talent identification, and the sociology and social psychology of sport. He has published numerous articles and research studies on sport and physical activity with the emphasis on how to motivate children and youth, to engage in physical activity and sport across their lifecycle.
Dr Schaefer has initiated and was among the founders of the International Council of Coach Education, (today known ascoaching excellence), and served as its First President (1997 – 2005) and is today its Past President.
Dr. Schaefer was awarded with several prestigious national and international awards, including - the 1992 Sport Science award of the IOC President, the Appreciation Award of the National Olympic Committee of Israel (1998), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2016), and was awarded with Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate), from the National University of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest, Romania (2022).
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