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ENAS contributes to ESSA-Sport Project

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On 28 June 2018, ENAS took part in the second meeting, out of a total of three meetings planned, of the European Advisory Board for the European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport (ESSA Sport), led by EOSE (European Observatoire for Sport and Employment), EASE (European Association of Sport Employers) and UNI-Europa (European Services Workers Union).

The ESSA Sport Consortium is funded by the EU to undertake a real analysis of labour market and skills needs/priorities for the whole sector, to identify realities and challenges of employment and employability in the sport sector and to provide an action plan for the future to address the skills and education gaps.

The specific aims of the project are to:

  • Undertake a desk research (to identify labour markets, sport systems, education and qualification systems,…)
  • To conduct an EU online employers survey on skills needs
  • To ensure wide consultation at National and EU level (bottom-up approach)
  • To define and understand the sector (realities, skills needs, tendencies,…)
  • To identify priorities for action at National and EU level
  • To establish a sustainable network of stakeholders and a work plan

Following the identification of the size and labour market of the sport sector led by EASE, referring to 2016 statistics and ISCO and NACE economic classification, the total employees with a sport specific occupation in (ISCO 342* NACE 931) and outside the sport sector (ISCO 342*NACE other) in Europe are 908.137 (I+II – see image below).

By including all the other employees in sport organisations (NACE 93.1), EOSE calculation of the total sport workforce in Europe is approx: 1.700.000 (I+II+III – see image below)

We look forward to investigating what percentage of the sport sector workforce is represented by ENAS. You can help us with that by filling out the ENAS Benchmark in 2019 and the Employer Survey for the ESSA project to be circulated at a later stage.

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New Partnership for Core H & F

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ENAS sponsors Core Health and Fitness have announced a new partnership between Schwinn indoor cycling and 4iiii.

“4iiii is a Canadian based tech company with a rich history in sport technology development and we have found a great partner in Schwinn” commented Bailey McKnight, Channel Development Leader for 4iiii innovations.

Founded in 2010, 4iiii Innovations has grown to be an industry leader in power meter development in a growing number of cycling disciplines. Founders Kip Fyfe and Victoria Brilz have deep roots in innovative sports monitoring that date back to 2000 when they started Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream brought the world’s first speed and distance monitors and the widely adopted ANT+ communication protocol to the wearable market and was sold to Garmin in 2006. The vision to enable athletes to be smarter, faster and safer lead the duo to build the world’s most accurate, lightweight and durable powermeter used by the world’s best cyclists that is also refined enough to become standard equipment on bikes.

The 4iiii story is one that resonates with Schwinn, the brand behind the first production bike designed specifically for indoor cycling. Schwinn has positioned itself on the cutting edge of the indoor cycling industry through new innovations and partnerships that help bring the best technologies in both indoor and outdoor cycling to Schwinn bikes.

“Measurement has been game changing for the indoor cycling category, so being able to partner with the visionaries behind ANT+ technology is a logical and exciting step for the Schwinn brand,” added Jeff Dilts, Vice President of Product Management & Innovation for Core Health and Fitness.

“While powermeters have seen increased acceptance in the past 10 years, we’re just beginning to see it reach the mainstream,” said Eric Gerstenbuhler, Managing Director of 4iiii Sport. “What sets 4iiii apart is the patented 3D strain gauge technology that we use to measure the bending, elongation and twisting deformation.This allows for measurement of every force being applied to the crank arm by a rider thus giving the most accurate data possible from bike to bike.”

Schwinn offers education and certification for cycling instructors with power so it makes sense that with a growing industry, Schwinn, in its commitment to quality and authenticity, would settle for nothing less than partnering with the company with the most accurate power meter on the market.

“Measurement has been a big story for Schwinn since we introduced it to the indoor cycling space in 2009,” concluded Dilts. “This new partnership with a road tested, highly accurate and legitimate company like 4iiii who provides power measurement for the most elite cyclists in the world is very exciting!”

Visit Core Health and Fitness or 4iiii to learn more about them.

Student Golfers Wanted

Have you got a good golf programme in your University? Are you always looking to test them out in new and different arenas? We might have your next opportunity!

With the 2018 Ryder Cup taking place in Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France, your students are being offered the chance to take part in a Ryder Cup style competition against a local side.

The Youngers Cup, organised by the University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, pits 24 French students against 24 international students over two days at Golf et Tennis Haras de Jardy and Golf Isabella in the Versailles region of Paris.

The first series (index/handicap up to 14) will take place in Golf Isabella between two teams of 12.

The second series (index/handicap between 14 and 20) will take place the day after in Golf et Tennis Haras de Jardy.

The event takes place on the 19 and 20 September 2018 and registration is open until July 31.

Full details on the event can be obtained by contacting Pierre Nieto on the following:

+33 6 71 63 35 65


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.