Budapest Association for International Sports (BAIS) is a volunteer-based, youth-led, non-profit organization with the mission of promoting physical activity, active lifestyle, intercultural understanding, solidarity, and social participation through sport-based non-formal education. Starting from 2015 to 2017 we developed our activities as an informal group of young people under the name of the International Sport Association of Budapest (ISAB). In December 2017 we were registered as a not-for-profit association by the court of Budapest.
The primary goal of our organization is to promote physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, and participation in grassroots sports activities among young people regardless of their origin and social status. Our target group includes international and Hungarian students, young professionals, and disadvantaged youngsters. Through the organization of sport and recreational activities, youth exchanges, and training courses we create learning mobility opportunities for young people and strengthen mutual understanding and friendship among them.
The secondary goal of the organization is to connect local sports clubs and grassroots initiatives with internationals living in Budapest and to provide information about sport-related events taking place in the city. BAIS is based on young volunteers. Many of them are students of the Hungarian University of Physical Education, while others are young professionals involved in the management of leisure time sports activities.
Budapest Association for International Sports was created by young people having significant international experience behind their backs. Our organisation has strong international relations and we have significant experience in international project management. We utilize sport for social development purposes, we promote social inclusion, solidarity, mutual understanding, and active citizenship through sport. Our volunteer members have participated in various youth and sport-related training courses, seminars, study visits, and youth exchanges all over Europe. Some of our members have been actively involved in the organisation of international youth exchanges and training courses during which they developed their project management competencies.