"To the borders and beyond": The FOCBS sponsors top-class Swiss sportsmen and sportswomen. It provides support for them in combining their work and sports careers.
Top-class sportsmen and sportswomen are important ambassadors for a country. They symbolise its virtues and values. Strong performance is recognised nationally and internationally. For this reason, the Federal Administration promotes top-class sport. I am delighted that the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) can also make a contribution to this.
Our top sportspeople are based at theFederal Office for Customs and Border Security. They are successful in cross-country skiing and biathlon. This is a perfect combination for the FDF and the Federal Administration. Perseverance and the ability to achieve a goal are the decisive success factors for our athletes. I expect these qualities not only from our top athletes, but also from all our employees. This is why we offer the unique opportunity in Switzerland for top athletes to continue to be employed at the FOCBS after their retirement.
I wish our top athletes continued endurance, accuracy and success. May they continue to be capable and personable ambassadors of the FDF, the Federal Administration and the whole of Switzerland.
Top-class sport and occupation in one model
Alongside the individually coordinated training, the top-ranking sportsmen and sportswomen complete basic vocational training as border guards during their sporting career, in future also as customs experts and finish by taking the professional examination. They can thereby pursue a career as a fully-fledged border guard and customs expert. In this way, the FOCBS thus provides a unique model in Switzerland whereby top-class sport and jobs are compatible.
Long tradition at the FOCBS
The Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (former Federal Customs Administration) has been promoting competitive sport since 1952. This promotion of sport was initially aimed at the successful participation of ski-loving border guards in the annual international customs ski competitions, but over the years it has developed into target-oriented support for top-class sport. Since 2011, the FOCBS model of promoting top-class sport has been part of the overall concept of the federal government's support for top-class sport.
All athletes of the BAZG top-class sports team are also uniformed employees. In addition to their top performances on the cross-country track, they are regularly deployed at the border and are committed to the security of Switzerland. Eight employees currently benefit from the top-class sports support.
Top-class sport team manager