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ENAS Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s ENAS Award has been announced (see below). The annual award celebrates innovative projects and effort made by ENAS members within their institution.

ENAS Award Shortlist

University College Dublin (Ireland) – ‘Student’s helping Students’

University of Potsdam (Germany) – CleanUp

Tilburg University (Netherlands) – ‘Tilburg University Vitality’

Each of the nominated universities will be given the opportunity to present their award at the ENAS Forum & Assembly in Nijmegen. All delegates will receive one vote, made through the Evenium application.

The award presentations will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November between 15:00 and 16:00 in Radboud University.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted universities and we look forward to seeing the presentations.

University Sports: Education and Science seeking papers

The fourth volume of “University Sports: Education and Science” addresses the problem of possible relations between sporting activity and academic success from an interdisciplinary point of view.

They are seeking papers to be added to the collection. Full information can be found below.

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63rd ENAS EC meeting takes place

Between 18 and 20 September 2018, the ENAS Executive Committee (EC) was invited to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for the 63rd EC meeting.

The ENAS EC met with Prof. António Fontainhas Fernandes, Rector of the University, and Dr. Elsa Justino, University Administrator for the Social Services Department, to underline the importance of continuous development of, and investment in, University sport as an essential part of campus life.

The Rector, from his side, highlighted the importance of an integrated approach to sport and physical activity in the University context linking with Academia and Research while developing an active campus life.

Topics on the agenda of the EC meeting included the preparations of the ENAS General Assembly in Nijmegen, the organisation of the Forum in Nijmegen and planning for new projects in 2019 including two ENAS Experiences and a transatlantic visit allowing ENAS members to explore University sport in the US.

Information on all new projects and initiatives is aimed to be made available directly after the Forum in Nijmegen. The EC is vary thankful to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for their hospitality as host of the EC meeting.

The EC also attended the 10th edition of the University of Porto Sports Gala organised in Porto. Various prizes were awarded to students and staff for their great achievements in sport in 2018. ENAS President, Mel Parker, handed out the prize for best coach.

Are you interested in hosting our next meeting? Find more info here or get in touch with Margo (

University Summer Challenge reaches nearly two million active minutes

During the summer, Vilnius University Health & Sport Centre organised their third international “University Summer Challenge 2018”. More than 1,500 students, professors, administrative staff and other employees from five different countries competed in this summer’s project. Participants from eighteen universities recorded their physical activity on the project’s platform, and by doing this, gained points for their universities.

The project’s home country Lithuania was represented by eleven universities: Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius Universitety, Vytautas Magnus Universitety, Šiauliai University, Mykolas Romeris University, Klaipėda University, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology.

Seven foreign higher education institutions also joined the Project: Kiel University and Berlin University (Germany), Keele University and Middlesex University (Great Britain), University of Lisbon and University of Porto (Portugal), and The Academic College at Wingate (Israel).

From June 1 to August 31, almost two million active minutes were registered on the platform! Lithuanian Sports University, like in 2017, were this year’s winner and the most active community of all the participants.

The Academic College at Wingate, participating for the first time, took second place, enthusiastically participating in the project and gaining active minutes from the beginning of June.

Results of “University Summer Challenge 2018″

  1. Lithuanian Sports University
  2. The Academic College at Wingate
  3. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  4. Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
  5. Šiauliai University
  6. Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
  7. Vilnius Universitety
  8. University of Lisbon
  9. Mykolas Romeris University
  10. Middlesex University
  11. Kiel University
  12. Keele University
  13. Kaunas University of Technology
  14. Vytautas Magnus Universitety
  15. Berlin University
  16. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  17. University of Porto
  18. Klaipėda University

“University Summer Challenge” is a lively project, which aims to increase physical activity within academic communities in universities by challenging them into associating the academic world with active lifestyle, and physical activity with fun.

The results of the project are pleasing – the participants registered an average of 33 minutes of physically active time per day – this corresponds to the recommendations of World Health Organisation to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day. “University Summer Challenge” will take place again next summer – we invite every university and its community to join and become more active!

Why fitness brands matter - Core H&F

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Running a fitness facility can be a complicated endeavour. There are countless subjective decisions to be made every day, whether you’re opening, redesigning, or expanding your business. It can be difficult to make the right choices for your facility in every category, from flooring to hiring. By the time you’re ready to pick out equipment, a treadmill is a treadmill. A stepper looks like any other stepper. You may be over budget, in need of a vacation, or just ready to get this place moving. Your members won’t know the difference anyway. Any brand will be fine.

But that isn’t true. Members do know the difference, and they have opinions! The belief that a treadmill is a treadmill is only true if nothing else matters beyond pricing and specs – the ‘table-stakes’. There are additional elements of value, however, that make a difference to both business owners and members. Brands add functional value to a facility, driving economic and performance value. In a study of gym members by Life Decisions AAU in February 2018, StairMaster, known for its gruelling stepper and complete line of HIIT products, was rated the #1 Name in Cardio. Members attributed StairMaster with reliability, quick results, reputability, and high quality products. When compared with other top-name fitness brands, StairMaster had been used more than 15% more than its competitors, with more than 60% having ever used a StairMaster product – 40% within the last three months. Members know the value of a good brand, and it matters to them which brands their facility has.

Supplying members with a brand they know and trust makes doing business easier. The right brands bring relationships, deliver information, and create connection. Buyers must consider the productivity, ease of access, and the relationship that a brand offers, as these qualities interface with members more often than one may realize. Star Trac, with its OpenHub Console, offers members the ability to connect with any app, any way they choose, and makes accessing their workout data simple and convenient. In a study of nearly 7,000 gym members, Star Trac was rated the top brand for tracking, and #1 known among cardio enthusiasts. When your members trust that you’re providing them with the best brands on the market, doing business becomes easier.

Beyond the business level, fitness facilities create individual value. Members are often on a fitness journey, not simply putting in minimal effort for minimal results. The fitness industry is growing exponentially, with former beginners now ready to take on a career and network with other fitness professionals. They want to grow, develop, and have fun. They want to use aesthetically pleasing products that make them feel good about themselves and reduce their anxiety. Schwinn Indoor Cycling, with its 2018 release of the new AC and SC Power bikes and world class Education Program, epitomizes these values. Members know the Schwinn name 43% more than any other indoor cycling brand – 71% overall.  Nearly half of all gym members have used Schwinn branded products, double half of its nearest competitor. Schwinn’s close knit community, stylish bike designs, and reputable instructor certification training make it the #1 brand that members are proud to use, the top brand for high quality, reliable products, and the brand that makes products most fun to use. This kind of member experience cannot be duplicated. Schwinn’s market dominance is undeniable, and members know that when they ride a Schwinn Indoor Cycling bike, they are part of something special.

Brands have inspirational value. They create emotion, elicit nostalgia, and offer hope. Just as facility owners have vision for their business, members have vision for their future. Whether training for a powerlifting competition to be the strongest they’ve ever been, or working to replace fat with muscle in order to lose enough weight to become healthy and see their children grow up, the inspirational value that fitness brands add cannot be ignored. Nautilus, the First Name in Strength, allows members to reach these goals and countless others. Nautilus continues to be the most well-known brand in strength and the #3 brand in overall consumer awareness, behind only StairMaster and Schwinn. Nearly 50% of those who regularly strength train have used Nautilus, further contributing to the Nautilus dynasty.

Members searching for more from their fitness facility don’t care about specs. They care about innovation, commitment, reputational assurance, and vision, and they need facility owners to care about these things in order to make their fitness experience valuable. In order to add value to the bottom line of the business, it’s necessary to rise above table-stakes and invest in brands that will create value in your members’ lives.

Forum and Assembly 2019 to take place in Italy

The hosts of the 22nd ENAS Forum and Assembly have been announced, and we will be going to the University of Trento.

The Forum and Assembly will take place from 5-8 November 2019 with the Pre-Forum on from 3-5 November.

Pictured below is the Rector of the University of Trento, Paolo Collini, signing the Forum Agreement with ENAS to confirm their hosting.

The University of Trento are represented on the ENAS Executive Committee by Elisabetta Nones, who works as head of the Sport Strategies Office in the university.

She oversees the planning of the sport initiatives within the framework of the ‘Sport for all’ project which was started in 2017.

Elisabetta said: “The University of Trento is thrilled to host the 2019 edition of the ENAS Forum & Assembly. The team of the UniTrento Sport project together with other strategic divisions of the University will do its best to welcome all international participants to the beautiful Trentino and Dolomites region.”

“We hope to be able to guarantee a great networking environment in a friendly atmosphere and to collect relevant good practices to give new life to our Sport4Skills project.”

More information on the 2019 Forum will be released to ENAS members in the new year.

Forum Speakers Announced

ENAS and our hosts in Nijmegen are delighted to announce the first confirmed speakers for the 21st ENAS Forum and Assembly in November.

Brothers Patrick and Milan Van Der Meulen will be the keynote speakers for the first session of the Forum.

They became inspired by An Inconvenient Truth when they were very young. The Dutch brothers are part of an international and dynamic group of world changers who shape the debate about climate problems. Milan was appointed Climate Reality Leader in 2015 after training from the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

They co-founded, which focuses on integrating many forms of renewable energy into creative hybrid systems. The session will focus on three important questions: Should we change? Can we change? Are we going to change?

Register now, get inspired and join us to become lean, mean and green in 2018!

For all the information on the Forum and Assembly, click here.

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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