Dr. Arnošt Svoboda finished his Ph.D. study at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, after defending the thesis “Top-Level Sport and Authenticity: Sport Stars Outside Interest of Media”. Since 2014, he has been with the Faculty of Physical Culture, where he lectures sociology, sociology of sport, sociology of leisure and methodology of social research. In his research, he focuses on the sociology of sport, e.g. sport as a part of the contemporary popular culture, sporting subcultures and lifestyle sports. Arnošt also seeks to apply sociological theory to the field of sport to better grasp the relations between sporting participants and their interests. Besides the academic work, he has more than ten years long experience in project management.
Dr. Simona Safarikova works as assistant professor at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies. In 2013 she finished her Ph.D. at the Faculty of Physical Culture (dissertation “The Influence of sport and physical activities on youth development within the context of developing countries (The Kids League, Uganda)"). Her teaching work focuses on qualitative research and sport and development. She is interested in the role of sport in international development and its impacts. She has been active internationally doing research about sport impacts in Uganda and Colombia. Since 2009 she teaches the subject "Sport and Development" to development studies students as well as to sport studies students. She is member of ISSA.
Dr. Jana Hoffmannova works as an assistant professor at the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University). Her research area is the domain of action, extreme, adventure and lifestyle or X - sports and activities. She studies this postmodern phenomenon from the perspective of lifespan psychology and uses qualitative research methods. She is a member of the lecturer team and educational committee of Snowsports Education (APUL) - association which is the holder of ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association) mark. In her teaching she specializes in the psychological aspects of physical recreation in nature, theory and practice of skiing, snowboarding and ski touring, and mountain biking. Together with Luděk Šebek, Jana co-founded Ride2sCool, z.s., a non—for-profit organization allowing young school age children to cycle to school enabling by college student volunteers. She is a MTB enthusiast with an instructor licence from PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association). She is recently active in developing a professional education system for MTB instructors in Czech Republic and surrounding countries - a parallel to the established ski education industry.
Dr. Luděk Šebek works as an assistant professor at the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Since 2001 he has conceived and developed courses in the areas of education and physical recreation in nature. He has designed and implemented a number of international educational projects focused on outdoor sports and play activities in the urban environment. He is a member of international teams of experts dedicated to research on learning in outdoor sports and lifestyle activities. Together with Jana Hoffmannová, Luděk co-founded Ride2sCool, z.s., a non-for-profit organization enabling young school age children to cycle to school under the guidance of college student volunteers. He is a passionate MTB rider holding an instructor licence from Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association. He is recently leading the efforts towards developing a professional education system for MTB instructors in Czech Republic and surrounding countries - a paralel to the long-established ski education industry.
Dr. Julie Wittmannova works at the Department of Adapted Physical Activity (APA) at the Faculty of Physical Culture. She teaches special education courses; sport for athletes with cerebral palsy and intellectual disability; physical activity for elderly and active ageing. In her research, she focuses on quality of life of elderly and persons with disability connected with physical activity. She is involved in Special Olympics, organization which allows athletes with intelectuall disability to be active.
Dr. Lenka Dušková has been working at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies since 12 years. In her teaching and research she focuses on development theories, conflict resolution, the nexus between security and development and international relations. She has done research on the impacts of civil society organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Together with Simona Safarikova, they worked on internal evaluation of Czech project "Football for Development".
Sabine Radtke is Professor for ‘Inclusion in Sports’ at the University of Paderborn. She received her Ph.D. in sports sociology from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2006. After that, she was a research fellow at the University of Stirling, an external lecturer at the German Sports University Cologne, a research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and a visiting Professor at the University of Giessen. Her research interests include social inclusion in sport and physical education, paralympic and deaflympic sports, talent identification and development as well as cross-cultural comparison.
Sonia is the national project coordinator of the project “Football for Development”. She has extensive experience in the management of complex projects and coordination of inter-regional activities. Within her current agenda, she is also in charge of the communication with universities throughout the Czech Republic.
Arkadiusz Kamil Mierkowski works as manager at MSIS he is also a non-governmental activist, promoter of sports volunteering, football3 and non-formal education in sport. He is an active member of the international football4good movement coordinated by streetfootballworld. In the years 2013-2016 he co-authored and manageed the nationwide project "Animator Academy" implemented by the Foundation of Physical Culture Development, financed by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. In 2013 he won "EDUInspirations" contest organized by the Foundation of the Education System Development. In 2014 Arek completed the prestigious program The Academy of Non-Governmental Organizations Managers - ProMengo. In 2017, European Commission awarded him the title "European Changemaker". He is currently engaged in the implementation of strategic projects of Fair Play Program.
Beata Mierkowska is a graduate of European Studies at Gdańsk University of Technology and Economics, University of Warmia and Mazury. She has 4 years of experience in sport volunteering. She deals with development sports volunteering among young people, creating sports partnerships in the local arena and international and the promotion of an innovative team game - football3. In the years 2009-2013 was co-organizer and participant of international projects of the European program "Youth in Action. From 2013 to 2016 she was employed at the Foundation for the Development of Physical Culture, which together with the Ministry Sport and Tourism is carried out by the Polish program “Our Orlik”. In the years 2016-2018 she coordinated project Football can make a change - strategy and development of sport social programs in Poland and Czech Republic financed from the Erasmus+ program. Since 2017 she has coordinated the project “Football3 for respect", implemented in cooperation with organizations from Germany, Italy, England, the Czech Republic, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Ireland, France supported by Erasmus+ Sport.
Paweł Zembura is a researcher at the Center of Social Challenges at the University of Warsaw and since 2017 also at MSIS. He conducted the first large studies of consumer behaviour of mixed supporters’ martial arts in Poland. He has been involved in many evaluation projects of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation regarding sport, and co-authored the publication of Poland's Report Card on Physical Activity. He is the first author of the report prepared for this project for 2018. He graduated from master's studies in economic geography at the University Warsaw and Master's and PhD students at AWF Warsaw. During his doctoral studies at the University of Physical Education, he completed internships at the University of Lisbon and at the University Economics in Prague, also co-organized the conference of the European Association for Sport Management 2016 in Warsaw. He co-organized 1 year-long research about Fair Play Program impact. He runs an education platform about the impact social sport called sportimpakt.org.
Nicola Scholl is the founder of Play Handball, the first Youth Development Organisation through Handball in South Africa. She has started the organisation in 2013 and is developing it to an international organisation operating in South Africa, Kenya and Germany since then. Within this position, Nicola has driven the development of the Play Handball Super Cup as the first climate neutral, zero-waste handball tournament worldwide, as well as created and published the “The Play Fair for The Environment Manual”, a game based environmental educational training programme. In 2018, she worked for the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) as a sport for development expert for a co-operation project with the GIZ in Jordan to compile a Handball & Life Skill Manual for the region. Her mission is to bring handball as a tool for development on the international agenda, help more children and youth to reach their fully potentials through sport and promote good values such as equality, diversity, inclusion, enjoyment in sport and sustainability. Before her engagement in social work, she has gained over seven years of experience in both advertising and retail sectors in Europe, as a business consultant, project manager and media analytics researcher. Nicola holds a Master degree in Science, majoring in Business Administration & Management from the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, furthermore possess the Handball Coach B-Licence (of the German Handball Federation) and a Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition.
Robert Rinehart is a sport sociologist, earning his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1993. He has studied extreme, action, X sports since the first X Games were run in 1995. He's published Player's All: Performances in Contemporary Sport; To the Extreme: Alternative Sports, inside and Out; Inline Skating in Contemporary Sport: An Examination of Its Growth and Development, among other books. As well, he has written over 30 peer-reviewed articles and/or book chapters concerning alternative sport forms. He recently retired from the University of Waikato (NZ), and worked previously at Washington State University; California State University, San Bernardino; Idaho State University; and the University of Redlands.
Nico Schulenkorf is Associate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on the social, cultural and health-related outcomes of sport and event projects within and between disadvantaged communities. For several years, Nico has been involved in sport-for-development and health promotion programs in countries such as Sri Lanka, Israel and the Pacific Islands. He has been working with local and international NGOs, Government Agencies, Sport Associations and Ministries in developing capacities to implement, monitor and evaluate development projects. Nico is co-founder and past editor of the Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD) and currently serves on the journal's Advisory Board.