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ACE Project Update

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The Active Campus Europe project team held their latest meeting between 15 and 17 May at Autonomous University Barcelona.

The project group have been working on delivering a “common intervention” – a similar styled activity programme, aimed specifically at inactive students, with the aim of encouraging and supporting them to build more activity into their lives, and ideally to achieve the WHO guidelines of 5 x 30 minutes per week of moderate exercise.

Participants are given extra encouragement and support, and incentives to keep them engaged in the programme, and to hopefully continue exercising at the end of the intervention.

#ThrowbackThursday to the 4th ACE meeting last week in SAF UAB Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.#ActiveBreak#MoveMoreFeelBetter#BeActive

Geplaatst door Active Campus Europe op donderdag 24 mei 2018


The meeting involved all members sharing information on the current progress of the delivery of their interventions, and agreeing the way forward on how we’ll look to share the good practice with other institutions, in the future.

Active Campus Europe participants are reaching the end of their second Common Intervention of the “Move More, Feel Better” programme. Due to the different university calendars, Universities from the UK were first to start, followed by Irish, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, and Dutch. German universities started during mid-April and will continue their programmes until the end of June.

Participants of ACE project have online access to an application see scheduled activities on their campus and register any sports they do individually, so-called “flexi-sessions”. Until now there are over 150 members, who subscribed and tracked over 250 flexi-sessions. The application helps with the evaluation of the performance of students as well as the final results of the ACE project.

ENAS Members support Marseille Declaration

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In April of this year, ENAS partnered with Universal Fitness Innovation and Transformation (UFIT) for a three day event in Tralee, Ireland around the topic of inclusion.

The idea of the staff training was to encourage professionals in the fitness industry to ensure that their class schedules, facilities and other activities were doing all that they could to include people with disabilities.

At the end of the three days, the participants were afforded the opportunity to sign the Marseille Declaration: a document that encourages all those who serve, operate and shape the fitness sector to enabling the participation of people with disabilities.

Since then, ENAS has encouraged our members to take the time to study and sign the Marseille Declaration and make facilities more inclusive.

Last week, Paolo Collini, rector of the University of Trento in Italy, signed the Marseille Declaration.

He was then followed by Fernando Remiao, pro-rector of the University of Porto in Portugal followed suit by signing the declaraion.

We encourage any other ENAS members who want more information on the Marseille Declaration or who would like to sign it and pledge their support to inclusion to get in touch by emailing

Successful ENAS Experience in Tralee

In collaboration with Universal Fitness Innovation and Transformation (UFIT), ENAS recently held a two-day event focussed on educating people on the importance of inclusivity and how best to achieve it in your facility.

The event was held in Tralee, Ireland and there were eight universities across five countries represented.

Over the course of the two days, presentations were given to the delegates on a wide variety of topics including: sustainable development goals, UFIT and their goals, ‘universability’ and making your club reflect your community.

There was also an opportunity for the delegates to view a class taken by participants in Institute of Technology Tralee’s Adapted Physical Activity program.

Our delegates were able to watch the interaction between the trainers and their athletes as well as take part in some of the games that were created to allow people with specific impairments take part.

At the end of the ENAS Experience, delegates were also given the option of signing the Marseille Declaration.

The Marseille Declaration encourages all those within the fitness sector to commit to transform the industries practices to enable the full participation of people with disabilities in the fitness sector.

Overall, the delegates enjoyed their time in the southwest of Ireland with the food and local musicians a particular highlight.

Cuppen honoured by Dutch Royals

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Rob Cuppen, Director of Radboud Sports Centre and former Treasurer of ENAS, has been awarded a Royal Honour for his services to Sport.

He has been made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau which recognises special merits for society.

Rob has been in his position as Director of the University Sports Centre since 2002 where he has overseen major growth.

Radboud Sports Centre is now one of the most modern facilities in the Netherlands and has a membership of over 19,000.










He has also devoted himself as an organiser and volunteer to a variety of different sports-based programs such as Stichting Watersport Nijmegen and Nijmegen Seven Hills Walk.

All of ENAS wish to congratulate Rob on a very well deserved recognition of his services to sport.

Rectors' Conference

It is with great honour that the University of Coimbra invites you and your University to attend the Rectors’ Conference entitled “Organization and Management Model of University Sport”.

As a part of the 4th European Universities Games to be held in Coimbra, Portugal between July 15th and July 28th, the Rectors’ Conference will take place at the University of Coimbra Campus from July 14th to July 15th.

We would like to encourage European Universities’ leaders to participate in the Rectors’ Conference, in order to exchange ideas, experiences and examples of best practices.

Expressions of interest can be sent to and the official registration is open until June 1, 2018 and available here.

More information about the European Universities Games 2018 and the Rectors’ Conference can be found on the official website. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Rectors’ Conference and the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018.”

European Commission funding for "STICK" project

The Sport and Academic Talent Integration through Exchange Programmes in Hockey (STICK) project aims to design a sports and academic exchange programme in hopes of helping elite and high performance athletes to participate in Erasmus without jeopardizing their sports career.

It is funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus+ SPORT action.

The project was originally proposed by the Atlètic Terrassa Club and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and was selected in the 2017 call of the SPORT action as part of the Erasmus+ programme. It was one of 160 selected from 370 proposals, with an excellent score of 87/100.

The project will be conducted by a total of 10 institutions from 5 European countries where field hockey is a prominent sport, with one hockey club and university per country. These are: Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club, coordinator and promotor of the project, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on behalf of Catalonia; Belgium, with the participation of KHC Dragons and the University of Antwerp; the Netherlands, with Rotterdam HC and the Erasmus University Rotterdam; England, with Beeston HC and Nottingham Trent University; and finally Ireland, with Pembroke Wanderers and the Dublin City University.

Currently, European university students must develop not only academic knowledge, but also the skills and competences needed to succeed in a highly globalised labour market. Today, language and intercultural skills and competences are basic and they are the reason why the European Commission gives support to mobility programmes which facilitate enrolling in studies abroad.

Amateur elite athletes are not immune to this reality. They must dedicate themselves to two careers and perform at maximum levels in both: academically and athletically. If they want to remain at the top level they must work hard at their training and in competitions. At the same time, they must excel academically given that their professional future will not depend on the sports they play, but on their studies and professional aptitudes.

Too often, students are forced to give up the experience of studying abroad, due to their rigorous training programme. Others decide to focus more on their studies and stop training in order to be able to live an international year abroad. Yet others choose to train abroad, but leave their studies aside because there is no university in the vicinity offering an Erasmus programme compatible with their home university. Moreover, many clubs and federations lose talented athletes who compete at high levels.

Those behind the STICK project see there is a need for universities and clubs to work together to make it possible for elite athletes not to have to choose between an academic career and their athletic training and be able to combine both things.

The two year project is initially focused on field hockey as a pilot sport, but the final objective is to make this academic-athletic mobility model applicable to all sports. In the long term, the European Commission is expected to implement this specific mobility scheme for elite and high performance athletes into future programmes.

Fan Engagement Conference Dublin

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On March 28, fan data and experience experts Sportego held their annual conference in Dublin under the theme of fan engagement.

ENAS were represented at the event which featured speakers ranging from media and marketing officials from top football and rugby clubs to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialists.

Some of the topics of conversation throughout the day were:

  • A look at what is coming in sport and engagement
  • Is OTT the future of sport viewing consumption?
  • Data, capturing insights and the importance of GDPR…for dummies
  • Social media for sportspeople
  • Staying relevant

Throughout the day, the speakers gave key pieces of advice and insights on how to both build your audience while keeping your current following engaged.

The current social media and technology explosion means that every hour is a working hour for businesses and organisations that hold a presence online.

A key way of doing this is to find an angle, tell it your way and if possible, appeal to the personalities of today’s society.

If you would like further information on the speakers or schedule from the day, contact

Eurobarometer 2018

The results of the Eurobarometer 2018 survey, requested by the EU Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture have been published.

With a new EU Work Plan in force since July 2017, this survey gives an indication of how the new policies have impacted in the opening stages of its integration.

Throughout the survey, they highlight the frequency with which people in different age groups work out before further categorizing it under the headings of location, intensity and reasons why.

It also allows readers the opportunity to view the information relevant specific to any one of the 28 participating EU countries.

The full survey results and information can be found here.

The survey was conducted by TNS Political and Social Network on behalf of the EU Commission.

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U.Porto welcomes Hamburg in staff exchange

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From March 5 to 9, under the Erasmus + Staff Exchange programme, five members of the Sports Service of the University of Hamburg, Hochschulsport Hamburg, visited the Sports Centre of the University of Porto.

In October, the members of U.Porto Sports Centre (CDUP-Up) went to visit the University of Hamburg, now it was the turn of the German colleagues to visit the University of Porto.

Bruno Almeida, Director of CDUP-UP, commented: “This exchange of experience and staff, which is integrated in the internationalization strategy of our Sports Centre, is without doubt a learning that translates into an added value for both services.”

Over the week, University of Hamburg employees Jan Rosenthal, Karin Nentwing, Patrice Girow, Philipp Hatje and Marika Godemann learned a bit more about the operation of U.Porto Sports Centre.

The week began with a visit to the Rectory, where the pro-rector Fernando Remião and the CDUP-UP Director presented the sports services on offer. At lunch, the Director of International Relations Services, Bárbara Costa, welcomed the guests at the Círculo Universitário.

In the afternoon, the German colleagues began by visiting the sports facilities such as the University Stadium and then the sports complex of Boa Hora.

In the afternoon, they viewed the facilities at the other U.Porto campus, where the President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sport, José Oliveira, received and guided the guests through the faculty facilities. To finish the day, the members of the University of Hamburg were able to visit the Porto wine cellars.

In the two days that followed, the CDUP-UP prepared a visit to the Douro vineyard and, with the collaboration of the sports services of the University of Minho (U.Minho) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), a visit to the sports facilities of both the Universities and to the cities of Braga, Guimarães and Vila Real.

The director of the U.Minho sports department, Fernando Parente, guided the Hochschulsport Hamburg staff through the university’s facilities, preparing a little surprise by taking them to visit the City of Football.

In Vila Real, Elsa Justino, administrator of the Social Services of UTAD, and João Ribeiro, director of the sports department, greeted the CDUP-UP and Hamburg representatives and guided them through the facilities of Active Gym / UTAD.

The week ended with brief presentations about some CDUP-UP good practice programs.

U.Porto, through the CDUP-UP, UTAD and U.Minho are part of ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services), a network of more than 120 members, contributing to the internationalization of the institutions and their sports services.

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