The Games Academy

The Games Academy established by Baku 2015 European Games Operation Committee aims to develop the skills and Games knowledge of Azerbaijani team members, as well as supporting the development of university graduates from Azerbaijan and Europe through the Graduate Excellence Programme.

BP is the exclusive official partner of the Baku 2015 Games Academy initiative, an innovative learning programme which supports the creation of a capability legacy in Azerbaijan. The programme specifically aims to develop national staff members including university graduates from Azerbaijan and Europe, preparing them for the efficient delivery of a major multi-sport event, as well as developing skills which will assist them in their future career.

A total of 188 high potential university graduates from Azerbaijan and across Europe were enrolled in the Graduate Excellence Programme in July 2014. Six training modules will be delivered throughout the duration of the programme, with the 162 Azerbaijani and 26 international graduates learning important skills and knowledge which will help contribute to the successful delivery of the inaugural European Games.   

The participants will be provided with further opportunities to continue hands-on, practical experience in planning the Games and with operational roles at test events. There will also be opportunities for learning through experiencing other major sports events. All of the participants will be mentored by experienced international team members, including experts in a variety of specialist fields to ensure that their learning continues on the job.

The Games Academy Graduate Excellence Programme is a competitive graduate development programme, benchmarked against leading corporate organisations in Europe. It provides an innovative learning framework to build skills and knowledge to help participants in roles to deliver the Baku 2015 European Games and prepare for a long-term career managing challenging projects, in sport or other fields. The European Olympic Committees endorse the programme.

The programme provides an opportunity to become part of the international Games community, developing a strong network with local and international colleagues and key players in the industry.