History & Programme


ICSSPE was founded in the late 1950s with the aims of maintaining an inclusive perspective on the different disciplines of sport, sport science and physical education, and of furthering a continuing collaboration between them. It brings together a wide range of scientific and professional organisations of various sport branches and disciplines, and creates the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration.


ICSSPE is the world’s largest network of organisations and institutions concerned with sport, sport science and physical education, accounting for millions of people. Among others, the Council belongs to the associated bodies of UNESCO and co-operates with the sport movement. By fostering sport, exercise, education and health, ICSSPE contributes to the development of human society. The organisation operates with the intention to

  • Investigate for a better scientific understanding of all facets of human movement;
  • Educate for a better quality of life and improved health for all people;
  • Advocate for the benefits related to an active lifestyle and the ethical values inherent in sporting activity.