Directorate for Sports and Social Projects
The Directorate for Sports and Social Projects is the official organiser of major national and international sporting and other events in the city of Kazan. Maksim Denisov is the Director General.
The Directorate was founded by the Russian Federation represented by the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, Republic of Tatarstan represented by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, municipal formation of the city of Kazan represented by the Committee of Land and Property Regulations and the Russian Students Sport Union (RSSU).
The Directorate was founded on 14 August, 2009 for the purpose of arranging and hosting the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan. Afterwards the list of objectives of the Directorate's activities was expanded and included the preparation and hosting of the 16th FINA World Championships 2015 in Kazan, 16th FINA World Masters Championships, Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI), matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the Red Bull Air Race World Championships and other international sports competitions, social, cultural, educational and other events.
Presently, the Directorate continues its efforts in terms of preparing and organising national and international tournaments in the Republic of Tatarstan. In 2019, the Directorate hosted 16 events, 11 of which were international. In the same year, the Directorate, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, Agency for Strategic Initiatives, and Agency for the Development of Professional Communities and Skilled Workers (WorldSkills Russia), the Directorate successfully delivered the WorldSkills Competition 2019 in Kazan. The organisation is currently preparing for hosting the 2021 CIS Games.
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. The Directorate for Sports and Social Projects was selected to organise the celebratory events. In January 2022, Kazan will host the Special Olympics World Games. This event will draw attention to people with mental disabilities, create the environment necessary for their better adaptation to independent life and equal labour, as well as contribute to the development of an inclusive society and its humanisation as a whole.
At the support of the Russian Sports Ministry and the Tatarstan Republic authorities, the Directorate contunues to actively develop relations with international federations that were established during the organisation and hosting of sports events. After the Universiade, the FISU International Education Centre was opened in Kazan, the initiative of the International Volunteer Academy is now being implemented and the institute of sports volunteers was created. In cooperation with the International Swimming Federation (FINA), the FINA Development Centre was opened in Kazan. Besides, the Directorate is a strategic partner of UNESCO in the implementation of the Kazan Action Plan approved during MINEPS VI.
The experience of hosting national and international events became truly unique in the new Russian history and remains relevant for hosting similar major sports events in other regions of Russia and its neighboring countries (22nd Olympic Winter Games, 11th Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, 5th Asian Games in Ashgabat, 28th Winter Universiade in Alma-Ata, 29th Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk).
At the suggestion of the Sports Ministry of the Russian Federation, the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects was appointed the dedicated federal agency responsible for the implementation of the Russian National GTO Health and Fitness Programme in the Russian Federation. The Directorate coordinates the work performed by regional executive authorities and designated institutions in the field of physical culture and sport, ensures the smooth running of the all-Russian database and the official GTO complex web portal, participates in the personnel training programme, provides production of GTO pins and certificates and their delivery to regions of the Russian Federation, implements the marketing programme, and organises media coverage of the progress of the GTO complex implementation at the federal level.
Projects implemented by the Directorate were acknowledged with prestigious awards, among them the International Sports Event Management (ISEM) Awards’ trophies in the Most Innovative Event and Event Look categories for the 27th Summer Universiade (2013), as well as numerous letters of gratitude forwarded by international and national federations, ministries and departments upon successful delivery of sporting and other events.
Since 2015, the Directorate has actively participated in charitable activities. The organisation has taken part in over 40 charity events, sports tournaments and marathons. Within the framework of its charity programme, the Directorate allocated over 5 million roubles to the Ispolneniye Mechty, Ronald McDonald House, Alpari, Radost Detstva and other charity foundations.