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Wuppertal shortlisted for #BeActive Workplace Award

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On 8 September 2017, the European Commission announced the shortlist for the 2017 #BeActive Awards. Our 2016 ENAS Award winner, University of Wuppertal, was selected in the Workplace category as one of the 3 shortlisted candidates out of a total of 70 applications.

The #BeActive Awards aim to celebrate those organisations and individuals that are at the core of what the European Week of Sport is all about: inspiring people to #BeActive. Spread over three categories: Workplace, Education and Local Hero, the awards praise winners for their outstanding achievements in promoting sport and physical activity. Read more and check out previous winners here.

Our 2016 ENAS Award winner, University of Wuppertal, was announced as one of the shortlisted candidates in the Workplace category for inspiring employees to #BeActive. In line with their motto “health promotion right from the start” University of Wuppertal goes above and beyond to get their employees to #BeActive. The University sport department informs new employees about health-promoting measures at their official welcoming. All new employees receive a gym bag with a training tube, a training notepad, a water bottle and flyers to encourage exercise at the workplace. And in addition, employees are invited to the Healthy University office to collect their “BE Active-Pass”. By participating in health-promoting measures, employees can collect points on the card. Once the corresponding number of points has been reached, participants are rewarded with a work credit of up to 12 hours per year.

The sport department tries to create a bond with employees by actively reaching out to them. As they say: “This should help establish their needs or wishes for exercise so that we can present employees with, or initiate, a suitable offer. The focus of the various activities on offer is not so much on performance, but more on exercise itself, well-being and a group identity.”

Bravo Wuppertal! We love you!

The European Commission announced the shortlisted candidates in a series of tweets including one that made us really happy:

The winning project in each category will be announced at the #BeActive Awards Gala taking place in Marseille (France), 2017 European Capital for Sport, on 11 October 2017.

Other nominees in the different categories are (no order):

Liikkuva Kalajoki / Kalajoki on the Move (Finland)
Municipal Kindergarten no. 34 or “Singing Kindergarden” (Poland)
Colegio Público Miguel de Cervantes (Spain)

Krka, d.d, tovarna zdravil (Slovenia)
University of Wuppertal, University Sport Department (Germany)
UAB EUGESTA (Lithuania)

Local Hero
Jorge Pina (Portugal)
Patricia Buckley (Ireland)
Kim Hall (UK)

New EU Workplan for sport from 1 July

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The second EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017) has come to an end and a new one, based on the Commission’s evaluation, has now been adopted by the EU Ministers responsible for sport.

The EU Workplan is the roadmap for the next years for the EU Commission work on sport. It sets out the key topics which Member States and the Commission should prioritise until 2020: integrity of sport, the economic dimension of sport and sport and society.

Note from Margo:

If there is one European document that rules them all in terms of sport, it’s this one :-)

What are the most important changes?

There will be 2 Expert Groups (integrity and skills and workforce development in sport), instead of 5 in the previous one, new working methods will be introduced and there will be less outputs and more focus on implmentation of existing outputs, European projects and links with the Council Presidency topics.

The Commission has also been invited to ensure the follow–up of the two High Level Groups, on sport diplomacy and grassroots sport.

The duration of the Work Plan, as suggested by the Commission, was prolonged till the end of 2020 – 3.5 years, to align it with the Erasmus+ programme and the MFF.

ENAS is working to represent the members also in this period so that the University sport context is taken into account as an innnovative partern to shape the future of the sport movement.

To download the new EU Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020, click HERE or see


ENAS invited to the European Expert Advisory Board for the ESSA Sport project

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ENAS was invited among a select group of European sport organsiations to become a part of the ESSA Sport project – A European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity – European Expert Advisory Board.

Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project strives to deliver the first Europe-wide Employment and Skills map for the whole sport and physical activity sector.

ESSA-Sport is a research and consultation project and a major opportunity for the sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.

The project aims to engage for the first time, the whole sport and physical activity sector at both the EU and national level to deliver the first EU-wide Employment and Skills map. Expectations of the sector are rising with national governments aiming for improved levels of health through sport and physical activity, and for sport and physical activity to be at the heart of social integration and to improve the employability of young people through the education and personal development it offers.
New businesses and jobs are being created, and new skills are needed for  professionals and the huge army of volunteers that lies at the heart of the sector in order to match the changing expectation from the labour market.

ESSA-Sport offers the sport and physical activity sector a unique opportunity to build a partnership for quality research and consultation, to identify realities, trends and challenges facing the sector, and to undertake the first real analysis of labour market and skills needs and priorities based on a national “bottom-up” approach.

Indeed, the structure of the project is built around a wide network of national organisations acting as researchers and coordinators who will work with stakeholders in Member States to carry out deskresearch activities and deep consultation, and to produce national reports analysing the employment situation, skill needs and priorities to be implemented for the sector.

The project will research available sources of national statistics to define and understand the sport and physical activity labour market across the member states and will also conduct a major online survey across Europe to identify the skill needs of employers.

Wide consultation activities will take place with the active support of European network
organisations and national sector representatives to finalise a European strategic action plan with detailed and concrete priorities and recommendations to help ensure education, training and qualifications are geared towards the realities of the sector.
It must be emphasised that ESSA-Sport is a research project that can create the conditions for change and improvement but does not in itself deliver that change. It should be seen as the first step of the journey to provide the basis for a coordinated approach to analyse the changing labour market and develop solutions to re-skill the workforce with modern, fit for purpose training and qualifications.

Main expected outputs:

  • A project leaflet
  • The first EU wide Employment and Skills map of the sport and physical activity sector across the 28 Member States
  • Development of national stakeholder groups
  • A European Strategic Skills Action Plan (priorities/recommendations) to help ensure education, training and qualifications are geared to the realities of the sector
  • Creation of a EU Sector Skills Alliance as a sustainable mechanism

Project structure:

ENAS, in its role to support the development of the ESSA-project, will depend upon the members to provide vital information to feed in to National as well as European surveys on skills needs and developments and will actively disseminate the results of the project.

Further information:

Download the project leaflet here.

Download the press release here.

Apply now for the #BeActive Awards

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What is it all about?

In line with the festivities of the Eurpean Week of Sport, the European Commission has announced three Awards for excellent projects promoting physical activity in various contexts.

There are three award categories:

  • the #BeActive Education Award
  • the #BeActive Workplace Award
  • the #BeActive Local Hero Award

More info (Click to see attachment)

Application and selection

How to apply: Leave your details via the form below and we will guide you through the EU application process.

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Deadline: 31 July 2017 (final deadline); 25 July 2017 (contact ENAS)

Selection process: The European Commission will make a pre-selection of finalists to be put forward to a high profile jury. This jury will select three finalists for all three award categories. By mid-August, the European Commission will contact the National Coordinators and EWoS Partners regarding the finalists. A representative of each finalist will be invited to attend the Awards Gala on 12 October 2017 in Marseille (France). All the finalists may be accompanied by one other person whose travel and accommodation will also be paid for.


Winners 2016

#BeActive Education Award 2016 – St. Clare’s NS, Ireland

#BeActive Local Hero Award – Ghetto Games (video coming soon)

#BeActive Workplace Award (coming soon)


Member in the picture: Maastricht University / UM SPORTS

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Maastricht & UM Sports in 10 figures


Amount (#) of inhabitants city 122 533
2 Amount (#) of students city / university 16 861 (2016-2017)
3 Total surface (m²) indoor facilities (University owned) 6 610m²
4 Amount (#) of staff members university (total) 4 734 (2015)
5 Amount (#) of staff members in sports 135 (2016)
6 Participation rate (%) students 29% ( < 31.01.2017)
7 Participation rate (%) staff 7% ( < 31.01.2017)
8 Amount (#) of classes organised on a weekly basis 54 different activities; 330 classes
9 Annual subscription price (€) (paid by student) €83 – €182 (depending on package)
10 Percentage (% or €/student) of the total annual budget provided by the University


Link to sports programme and timetables:
Link to pricing:


Introduction For our January feature University Sports Centre, we are travelling to Maastricht in the Netherlands where ENAS is also attending the kick-off meeting of the ‘Active Campus Europe’ project. The ACE project brings together 15 European Universities around project lead RWTH Aachen in a never before seen collaboration in the University context on a European scale. The project aims to develop a best practice handbook and common intervention to support the target of health promotion activities in the University context. All this happens with a clear focus on motivating inactive people to take start a more active life. The Maastricht University sport department, UM SPORTS, is very committed to this objective. This year they are celebrating the first anniversary of the brand new sports building. Their goal: creating an environment that stimulates not only to do sports but to take on an active lifestyle more generally. And it is spectacular. Just outside the main entrance, just across from the University hospital in a south-east neighbourhood of Maastricht called Randwijck, it is clear that we are in the Netherlands, hundreds of bikes and plenty more possibilities to park your two wheel go-everywhere vehicle. This is where we are kindly welcomed by Birgitte Hendrickx, Head UM SPORTS and Netty Bekkers, Department Head Customer Management & Communication UM SPORTS, who indicate that they also commute by bike on a daily basis, even today. It is -4°C, not very usual in the most southern point of the Netherlands, and roads look dangerously slippery. Maastricht is a small city, more of a combination of villages if we can believe our hosts, but boasts the European atmosphere. Heimat of the mother of all European Treaties, the Maastricht Treaty celebrating its 25th birthday, we are in the right place to celebrate European wide collaboration. And that is not a surprise as the neighbouring cities to Maastricht are located across country borders in Belgium (Hasselt and Liège) and Germany (Aachen). Birgitte and Netty explain what they are proud of in UM Sports and where they are still looking to improve.
What are you most proud of in UM SPORTS? “That’s an easy one.”, says Birgitte, “It has to be the combination we have created between studying, social activities and sports here in the UM SPORTS Centre. One year in, we feel that we have really been able to develop a cross-over within the student services with a building with multiple functions and a very welcoming and open atmosphere. People stay here the entire day: they use the learning spaces to study or work on group tasks, go for a sports break and have lunch in the Time Out Sports café.”
Was that a coincidence or part of the planning process? “The Sports Centre is a combination of an old and a new building, which have been joined together. The Time-out Café is situated in the centre (large hallway) to connect one with the other. We have kept this as open as possible and added a lot of windows to make the sports venues more connected to other areas. The old building was an office building. This means that whereas most projects end up with lack of space at the end of the building process: we had space left, office space to be precise. This space was partly transformed into the UM SPORTS offices, an Exercise Studio and a Body and Mind Studio but for the remainder of the space we decided to sit down with the student services department. This is where we developed this idea of learning spaces and it became a big hit. Although we have never advertised the possibility to work here, students have found their way.”
So how did you convince the University to make this facility investment? “We didn’t. The students did. We are proud to have a great collaboration with the students and they are a very important part of the UM SPORTS team. They rallied because they believed investing in sport facilities was important. We are just here to make it happen.”
So what is happening in 2017? “One year in our new building, we are at the end of a Business Plan, so our goal for 2017 is strategic renewal and further development and optimalisation of the organisational structures of UM SPORTS. The most important aspect of this, is to further develop UM SPORTS as an essential service provider in the University context, not only from the point of view of sports, but as an integral part of the entire University experience. This is very much in line with the ACE project to develop and active and healthy University environment for all rather than looking at the ones who are already involved in sports. Also there, we still have a great challenge ahead: getting the inactive involved, I’m sure we are not alone there.”
Would that be the greatest challenge you are facing? Reaching out to the inactive? [laughs] “I’m afraid my answer is more boring than this: our greatest challenge is finance. We continuously have to fight to keep our extensive programmes affordable for the students and feasible from an organisational point of view on the UM SPORTS side.”
What’s affordable? How much do the students pay on an annual basis? “We have chosen to let the students pay for what they receive based on the type of activities they are interested in. On top of a basic ‘Sign-Up’ membership they can either opt for the ‘Sports’ and/or ‘Gym’ add-on. The membership fees also lower with each month into the academic year so we don’t give students any reason to postpone their active ambitions into the new semester or year. The most complete package for students costs €182 on an annual basis. Separate price categories also exist for UM staff and alumni and a group of defined external UM relationships. There is no further access for external members.”
Can you phrase one advice for our fellow ENAS members: “It’s not the building but the human capital inside it that makes the difference”
And what does this mean for you? “We are very proud and fortunate to have been able to develop great facilities which support us to develop a great programme. But also before we had these facilities, we were doing great things because we can rely on an incredibly passionate team to develop the sports programmes. The students are an integral part of this team and we try to reflect the entire University community male/female, foreign/Dutch, into this team.
And then finally: what do you want to ask your ENAS colleagues? In the context of continuous internationalisation, we are very interested to learn more about the cultural differences that exist in the European and broader context. The Maastricht University has recently hit a very interesting number: 51% of the students come from abroad. We are very interested to learn what these percentages look like in other Universities and what kind of measures are taken to adapt to this international reality?

Contact persons:

Birgitte Hendrickx Netty Bekkers




‘Coachingscentre Mental Health’ is changing its name to ‘Mental Sportcoaching’.

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‘Coachingscentre Mental Health’ is changing its name to ‘Mental Sportcoaching’. This was made public during the kick-off meeting, which was held in february at the (student)sportcentre Tilburg (UvT) and Eindhoven (TUE). According to initiator Nicole Ebben the name change was needed after one and a half year: “Mental Sportcoach better reflects the context of the University Sportcentres.”

Kelsey Nijssen (supervisor at location Eindhoven) thinks the new name is a great start. Early March all consultants were fully booked. “It is motivating to see how many people are sincerely interested in sport psychology. More people acknowledge the importance of the mental aspect in sports and try to put this in to practice.”

Nicole explains the past years evaluation is being discussed with the Radboud Sportcentre in Nijmegen. Nicole thinks the data looks positive. “I am really proud and it iss beautiful to see that students and graduates have developed so well. Due to this pilot in Nijmegen both Jitze Jouwsma and Kelsey Nijssen have been able to become supervisors in Tilburg and Nijmegen.”

Kelsey: “Besides a wonderful challenge this is the perfect opportunity to gain experience with people who practice sports and really want to change their lifestyle to influence their level of achievement. This gives a great deal of satisfaction.” Jitze adds: “Thanks to the expansion of this project I got the chance to gain experience as well together with a lot of enthusiastic students from Applied Psychology. I think it is a great compliment that I get to be responsible for the branch in Tilburg. “

Nicole also hopes Nijmegen becomes a fixed spot for the sportcentre and continues under the new name ‘Mental Sportcoaching’. Kelsey: “The coachingscentre is a win-win situation for both parties. All clients get top-notch personal coaching.” Jitze provides support for this view: “Graduates and students gain insights while employees, trainers and sportsmen get superb support for their mental process.” If you want more information, please send an email to:

Erasmus + Infoday: Learn more about EU Funding Opportunities

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The European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is organising an “Infoday” on the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of Sport. The Infoday aims to inform potential applicants about funding opportunities in 2017.

Speakers will give advice and tips on preparing and submitting proposals, and provide support with the financial aspects of funding.

Online web streaming for all sessions will be available on the day of the event (EN-FR-DE-ES-IT). No registration is needed to follow the web streaming. Follow this link:

Take part via Twitter using the hashtag #sportinfoday.

Coaching Office Mental Health (Netherlands) is expanding.

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Coaching office Mental Health will open two new locations in February 2017 in Tilburg and Eindhoven. The concept has successfully been tested in Nijmegen and was awarded with the Fontys ‘Think Bigger’ prize. Also Aachen (Germany) has showed serious interest in this initiative. This became clear during the annual ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services) conference, which took place from November 9 till 11 in Malta.

Due to the Fontys ‘Think Bigger’ award the Radboud Sportcentre has decided to nominate the project for an international (ENAS) award. Unfortunately the project did not win, however Nicole is very positive: “We received a lot of positive responses afterwards. Next year the project will be entered again.”

Except compliments, visiting the conference also produced another result. Nicole: “Fontys is now a member of this European Network. This is interesting for both Applied Psychology as well as HRM since we want to expand in the Netherlands, as well as abroad.”

The goal is to get more coaching offices at different Universities. Mental health has become an indispensable part of society and fits well in the sports directed settings like sportcentres at universities. According to Nicole the good thing about the sportcentres in universities is that both students and employees of those schools and different institutions are getting together. “That’s why it is a great thing that Eindhoven and Tilburg have opened a coachingsoffice.”

Do you want to know more?

Nicole Ebben

European Week of Sport | September 2016

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For the second annual European Week of Sport (EWoS) which will be held in September, we join the movement under the slogan ‘Be Active’. As our main ENAS event to celebrate sport and physical activity, we are proposing a mass exercise session including a FlashMOVE in as many ENAS member Universities as possible.


The European Week of Sports, contrary to last year, will be held between September 10th and October 2nd, with each country having selected dates within that period to host their own Week. As ENAS is a multinational organisation, we have the choice of the entire period between 10th Sep-2nd Oct in which to host our own official events. The proposed date for our main event, the mass exercise session and FlashMOVE, is currently Thursday 22nd September.


The exercise session will be an adaptation of a flashmob-style session organised by ISCA. It involves large groups of participants at all campuses around Europe coming together to simultaneously taking part in the same choreographed dance or aerobics routine. Video recordings and post production of all events will be an example of a real European-wide University and College workout.

To make it happen, we need each ENAS member to:

  • dedicate a fitness instructor to learn the FlashMOVE routine
  • programme a workout session on Thursday 22nd September
  • take pictures or where allowed, make video recordings

The fitness routine:


We have prepared some communication materials for you to be able to promote the ENAS FlashMOVE as well as any other activity you are planning to organise during the European Week of Sport. Click the button below to download the communcation package.





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Let’s make it happen together. Let’s visualise the impact of University and College sport in Europe. Let’s ‘Be Active’!

Any questions? Get in touch with Javier Rial (

Fill out the form below to join the ENAS FlashMOVE before 9 September 2016.


International Day of University Sport | 20 September 2016

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On 20th September, within the European Week of Sport and closely tied in with the FlashMOVE dates, the first International Day of University Sport will take place. To celebrate IDUS, we are proposing that all ENAS member institutions provide free, open access to their facilities for university members on the day. This will encourage physical activity both on the day itself and afterwards, as members are more likely to sign up to use facilities regularly if they have been able to try them out.

Just do it!

Any questions? Get in touch with Javier Rial (

Do you want to promote IDUS and your activities? Consider using our communication formats. Click below to download the communication package and design your own IDUS poster quickly, just add your logo and your activities.


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