Milan is calling, join UNI GAMES MILANO now.

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CUS Milan is proud to announce the 1st edition of UNI GAMES MILANO!

The tournament will take place from the 12th to the 15th October 2017, in the city of Milano. The competition will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October, in one of the best locations of the city, the PalaCUS.

They have been working hard for months, to guarantee you one of the best experiences of your life.

The best accommodations in town, the best parties at night and Milan in the best period of the year, are waiting for you!

The following sport competitions are programmed:

FUTSAL (female and male)
BASKETBALL (female and male)
VOLLEYBALL (female and male)
BEACH VOLLEY (female and male)
RUNNING (relay 5×1000 mt) (female and male)
INDOOR ROWING (female and male)

You will find further information on the website and, for any request or doubt, do not hesitate to contact us on our email The loacal organsiation is ready to follow you step by step in the registration and organization of your trip.

You can find the application schedule in the following link:

Special rates for registrations in advance!

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Trento team visits Aachen, Wuppertal and Maastricht

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Between 8-12 May 2017, Elisabetta Nones and Francesco Scannicchio, both coming from the University of Trento, visited three ENAS colleagues: Aachen, Wuppertal and Maastricht. While they are working on a new sport for all policy, to be the first of its kind in Italy, they are looking for ideas and experience to build on. After joining ENAS in 2015, Elisabetta and Francesco first visited the ENAS Forum and Assembly in Malta in 2016. Soon after this they hosted the ENAS Executive Committee meeting in February 2017 and further developed the plans they made during the event in Malta to visit several ENAS colleagues. Their visited was supported by an Erasmus Plus Staff Training grant.

Elisabetta, reports on her experience:

“The first and most successful outcome for me as a new member of the ENAS community has been the establishment of relations and contacts with colleagues of other European universities. At the Forum and Assembly in ENAS where we met Peter Lynen (RWTH Sport Aachen), Katrin Bührmann and Anja Steinbacher (Wuppertal) I planned an Erasmus Plus Staff training to go and visit their facilities, and we also extended the trip to Maastricht University where we met Netty Bekkers-Vos and Birgitte Hendrickx . The trip took place on 8-12 May and it turned out to be extremely useful and rewarding. The meeting with the colleagues and the exchange of ideas provided new energy to me and my colleague Francesco Scannicchio. We are currently working on a “sport-for-all” program which sees sport as the main cross-discipline driver in education. We could experience in person what it is like to have sport permeate the daily life of the whole university community. We appreciated the special and warm hospitality that everyone had in our regards and we loved being part of the teams for a few days in all three university sport centres. We will bring home a lot of ideas and especially a nice friendship with wonderful colleagues. We hope we will be able to return the hospitality with a future event at the University of Trento. I highly suggest this kind of visits that thanks to their informal format are very successful in reinforcing the European sense of community and belonging.”

Do you want to learn more about staff exchange possibilities?

Find more information on the European Erasmus Plus Staff Training grants here:

University of Stirling Sport look to recruit 'game changing' staff

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A number of exciting new job opportunities are now available at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Roles include Business Development, Performance Sport, Facilities Management, Sports Science and Student Sport Development. We are home to Olympic medalists, European Champions and national record holders and we are also a hub of activity for students, staff and community users taking part in sport and physical activity, at the level of their choosing. We are at the heart of Scottish sport, preparing athletes to perform on the world stage, enabling students to develop their skill sets for excellent careers and producing innovative research to improve the health of the nation.

We are building a dynamic and energetic team of staff to further develop this unrivalled sporting experience at the University, where our ambition is to ‘be the difference’ in all facets of our delivery.

Further information on all posts and how to apply is available at:

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.

Leave your details


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:
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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.

Official Start of “Active Campus Europe Project” in Maastricht

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On 24th January 2017 the Erasmus+-funded project “Active Campus Europe” (ACE) was launched at the Provincial Government Building in Maastricht. The Province Governor of Limburg /The Netherlands, the Vice Rector Professor Doris Klee, RWTH Aachen University /Germany and the Vive-rector Professor Harm Hospers, University Maastricht/The Netherlands welcomed the ACE project members. They underlined the importance and relevance of the European health project for the University setting and the collaboration between the universities in times of doubts about the European Union.

“Active Campus Europe” is about a program for inactive people at Universities in Europe. University Sports activities shall support the target of health promotion activities at the University in order to motive inactive people to sports and physical activities. They should be educated taking responsibility for their own health care.
RWTH Aachen University successfully run a project “Health promotion and prevention for staff and students through physical activities and sport” from 2009-2011, inside the so called “INFORM”-program which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Based on the project experience, RWTH Aachen University invited 15 Universities from Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and Germany to create and implement a program for Europe. The Project contents are a collection of good practice models, a common intervention program and the evaluation of the program. In Maastricht the program details were discussed, a first collection of good practice models were made and a common intervention program – based on models at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin – was chosen.
Ace will run until December 2018. All partners are enthusiastic to design a role model for University sport in Europe.
Aachen, den 27.01.2017
Peter Lynen

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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

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The University of Tampere organises an International Staff Week for the staff members of all our Partner Universities on 6 – 9 June 2016. This year the International Staff Week will be organized together with Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK).

Programme of the week includes five hours of Intercultural Communication workshops where the participants will increase their knowledge and awareness of culture and its influence on communication. During the week, participants will have an opportunity to benchmark different services and practices of the two universities and share views on topics related to their own work. The participants will choose one thematic track they wish to attend. One of the UTA thematic tracks is University Sports (Unipoli Sport).

The programme of the week takes place in the campuses of UTA and TAMK. The participation fee for the International Staff Week is 100 € which includes the training programme and all social events mentioned in the programme.

The registration for the week closes on 8 April. The electronic registration form is available at

The number of participants is restricted to 40. Therefore, we will primarily accept two participant per partner institution at maximum and may not be able to accept all applicants. We shall announce the list of selected participants to all applicants per e-mail by April 18.

Contact information:

Laura Lalu
Coordinator of international education
University of Tampere

Noora Kahra
International coordinator for staff exchanges
Tampere University of Applied Sciences