ANO 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. Azat Kadyrov 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 for Sports and Social Projects was established on August 14, 2009, as the organising committee for the 27th Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan. At a later time its role and the list of its missions were expanded and included the preparation and delivery 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), and various international competitions, as well as social, cultural, educational, and other types of events. The Directorate’s experience is highly sought after by organising committees of international sporting events hosted in Russia and abroad.
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 for Sports and Social Projects 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.
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.
The Directorate is actively involved in charity events and lends constant support to vulnerable segments of the population. Working together with a number of charitable foundations in Kazan, the Directorate team renders assistance to children from low-income families and families in a desperate situation by collecting food packages and clothes, as well as raising funds for the purchase of special training equipment and desks. Besides, the Directorate team participates annually in such charity campaigns as ‘Get a Child Ready for School’, ‘Letters to Father Frost’, ‘The Joy of Old Age’ and provides its full support to Kazan’s Ronald McDonald House, a 'home away from home' accommodation for families with children in hospital.