‘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: mentalesportbegeleiding@fontys.nl

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: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/events/sport-infoday-31-january-2017_en

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
n.ebben@fontys.nl

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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

https://www.lyyti.in/internationalstaffweek2016.

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
staffweek(at)staff.uta.fi

Noora Kahra
International coordinator for staff exchanges
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
staffexchange(at)tamk.fi

ENAS attends the 12th Annual EAS Conference in Amsterdam

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This year’s edition of the EAS Conference was held on 24-25 September at the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam (HvA) / School of Sports & Nutrition. The aim of the EAS (European Athlete as Student) is to develop policies, best practices, raise awareness on the necessity to offer opportunities for young people to combine athletic preparation and competition with their studies. These policies are known in Europe under the generic term of ‘Dual Career’.

Laura Capranica, President of EAS and Jacomine Ravensbergen, Chair of the domain ‘Exercise, Sports and Nutrition’ of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, officially opened the Conference together. Mrs. Ravensbergen stressed that the University (HvA) gains athletes by having implemented the ‘Dual Career’ programme (Top Sport) that helps the youngsters during their studies but also afterwards by leading them to the labour market. The University developed a centre of Elite Sports and Education.

The presentation of Flavia Guidotti from the University of Foro Italico in Rome made a study of the actual situation regarding the number of scientific papers that are published on the specific topic of the ‘Dual Career’. How to combine sport and education when a national structure is not existing? Career transitions are a process that is dynamic, multidimensional, multilevel and multifactor. She insisted in her final remarks that the term ‘Dual Career’ is not always used to define projects that are implemented with the same aims and goals. It was very interesting as the topic has been developed only since a couple of years.

EAS President Laura Capranica & EAS Secretary-General Jörg Förster
The Conference was the opportunity for a number of High Education Institutions to present their own programmes such as the Catholic University of Murcia (Spain) which presentation focused on ‘Developing an innovative European Sport Tutorship model for the dual career of athletes (ESTPORT)’ or the University of Miitweida in Germany on ‘Dual Career as Educational Challenge in the European Environment of Sports’ which focused on a research project to create and implement new learning cultures.
Besides the single universities models, some other initiatives were introduced to the 70 participants of the Conference, such as the ‘Winner Education Model’ presented by Finland, ‘Twin’ by TASS, which is the organisation in charge of top-athletes in the UK or the ‘Gold in Education and Elite sport (GEES)’ presented by INSEP (France) and the University of Brussels (VUB) co-funded by the European Union in order to formulate recommendation on competences, instruments and methods to the EU and to develop minimum quality requirements at the European level. The Dutch Olympic Committee presented its programmes related to ‘Dual Career’ as well.

Agata Dziarnowska, representing the European Commission, stressed that the ‘Dual Career’ is one of the priorities for the ‘Sport and Education’ programmes of the EU. She stressed that DC could be a tool for different policies such as, social inclusion, unemployment and education. She underlined the importance of the GEES study. Finally, she insisted by saying that it is an outstanding issue because it covers, education, employment, it has a European dimension but also that the policies should be more ‘client oriented’ and must involve the social media.

To summarise, all participants focused on the flexibility needed by all partners to implement such programmes, that the relations between the sport federation, the academic institutions and the entourage are crucial, that there is a lack of studies and that it is a necessity to develop requirements and models at European levels. All these aspects and the EAS activities were presented by EAS President Laura Capranica and EAS Secretary-General Jörg Förster who is also a board member of the National University Sports Federation of Germany (ADH).

© Kole GJELOSHAJ, FISU; Edited by Margo de Lange

EESC Opinion "Sport & European values"

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On July 2nd 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted a voluntary opninion on sport and European values at its 509th plenary session.

The document is a reminder of why we are all promoting sports at various levels.

Read it HERE.

YOUR project in Europe

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ENAS is collaborating with the European Commission and TAFISA, the Internation Sports for All Association, to publish a Toolox document on Sports in the Education environment. We want to show that University Sport is packed with good projects! Contribute with your best practice examples and get your logo and project published in a European Commission publication.

Practical: send a short e-mail to Margo (margo@enas-sport.net)