Erasmus + Sport Cluster Update

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By Mel Parker (ENAS President)

On 4th/5th December, I attended the Erasmus + Sport Cluster Meeting on “Encouraging participation in Sport & Physical Activity” in Brussels. The meeting was called to bring together various agencies, EU member states and lead members of projects that had received Erasmus + funding in previous rounds.

The objective of the cluster meeting was to bring together relevant stakeholders so that we could find out current findings from relevant research and the progress being made in some of the projects, and to share examples of good practice.

The event essentially comprised 2 half days enabling delegates to travel to Brussels in the morning, have late morning and afternoon session and then a full morning the following day. It was a mixture of workshop style sessions, and presentations, and was quite informative.

Quite a few representatives from Universities across Europe attended, but they were mainly from the Academic areas e.g. public health departments rather than sport services.

Peter Lynen, the project lead for the ACE project which involves 15 ENAS member institutions, was in attendance also.

One of the workshops was specifically aimed at the Education sector – schools and Universities promoting physical activities, and we were able to share some examples of best practice from the University sector, which were well received, and one of our examples (Be Active – Pledge, Middlesex University) was selected as a “favourite” and was chosen to be presented to all the other delegates.

Wuppertal honored as "University of the Year"

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The University of Wuppertal, winners of the ENAS Award in 2016, was recently announced as the University of the Year by the German National University Sport Federation (ADH).

Wuppertal were selected because of their enormous level of engagement in many different fields within the university sport sector.

They organized several sport competitions at National level as well as the most important educational conference in Germany for university sport. As well as this, Kathrin Bührmann and her team developed a modern, wide spread and always innovative sports program despite their lack of on-campus sports facilities.

“I am very proud that we were honored as a smaller university without our own large sports facilities for our inventiveness, our courage and our great commitment,” said Katrin Bührmann, director of Wuppertal University Sports and thanked both her team and the university management for their support.

Congratulations from all of the ENAS family!

Parente Named Sports Manager of the Year

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Congratulations are in order for Fernando Parente (University of Minho) who was named as Sports Manager of the Year 2017 at the recent National Congress of Sports Management XVIII organised by Portuguese Association of Sports Management (APOGESD).

The Director of the Sports and Cultural Department of the University of Minho received the award for the quality of his work in university sports in Portugal and also in terms of national sports development.

In 2016, the prize was awarded to Fernando Gomes, President of the Portuguese Football Federation and the Vice President of FIFA and UEFA. This year, APOGESD recognized Fernando’s career and his activity in the management and organization of sport for almost 30 years!

Fernando was present at our recent Forum in Trondheim and many of you will have had the opportunity to talk to him and share ideas.

ENAS Award Winners 2017

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The University of Leicester have been announced as the ENAS Award Winners for 2017 with their project ‘Leicester Academy’.

The award was decided by the ENAS Forum delegates who each had one casting vote.

Following presentations on Thursday morning, the winner was announced during the closing dinner of the Forum.

Leicester Academy won a prize of €1500 and €1000 worth of Kukri Sportswear.

Matthew Weir speaks on the ENAS Award win:

Leicester Academy offers students the opportunity to gain a wide range of coaching qualifications which they can then demonstrate by overseeing sport sessions in local schools.

It also gives them an opportunity to develop valuable life and workplace skills.

For more information on Leicester Academy, visit their website here.

General Assembly 2017

There was lots of change in the ENAS Executive Committee at this year’s General Assembly with both the President and Vice President stepping down from their roles.

Before the elections, there was some other business to attend to which was conducted without any major debate or disagreement.

General Secretary Mel Parker went through the minutes of the 2016 General Assembly and also any apologies received regarding 2017’s Assembly.

He then gave the floor to Henri ten Klooster (Treasurer) who outlined the financial statements for the year gone by and a comparison with previous years.

The presentation of financial statements also included the Auditor’s report.

Outgoing President Michelle Tanner followed that with a review of the ENAS Strategy 2014-17.

Building on member feedback, the strategy was based on the following elements: Conference, Knowledge Sharing, Representation and Recognition.

Michelle highlighted that the Strategy has delivered well beyond the objectives that were set out and has built solid foundations that will continue to inspire further developments for the organisation into the future.

Some of the main advancements included: increased participation by approximately 10% each year, becoming one of the founding European partner organisations for the European Week of Sport now in its 3rd cycle and key relationships established within the House of Sport in Brussels with virtual office and potential for future physical office base.

There was also a unanimous approval for the new ENAS strategy (2018-21)which has been centered on three new pillars.

With the focus now on enhanced services, advocacy and collaborations and a fit organisation, the goal is to continue enhancing ENAS and it’s profile with the European sporting sector.

Budget 2018 was presented with extra allowances for communications and outsourcing of some tasks.

Finally, it was time for the election of the new Executive Committee.

Mel Parker was voted in as president unopposed. The vacancy he left at General Secretary was filled by Bruno Almeida while Henri ten Klooster retained his position as Treasurer. Andrea Altmann was named as the new Vice President replacing Stephane Stievenart.

Two further EC members were elected by the 62 voting institutions present. They were Javier Rial Boubeta (University of Vigo) and Elisabetta Nones (University of Trento) while Ramune Zilinskiene (Vilnius Univeristy) also held her position on the committee.

Mel Parker is the new ENAS President.At the 20th Annual ENAS Forum & Assembly, which took place from 14th to 17th…

Geplaatst door ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services) op maandag 20 november 2017

We’d like to wish the new team the very best of luck going into the new year.

ENAS Trondheim 2017 Review

The 2017 ENAS Forum in Trondheim has come and gone and we hope that everybody has had a wonderful week.

Including all of our local representatives, sponsors and speakers, we had a total of 165 delegates. In that number, we had 75 organisations and 20 nations represented.

From sponsorship to research to major events, we had some wonderful speakers in our sessions this year.

Following a fun and informative pre-event, we started off the forum with an opening dinner in the Salvskinnet Café during which we paid tribute to our new honorary members while also welcoming the new member institutions.

Plaques were presented to Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Sport Campus Avignon, University of Goettingen, University of Coimbra, Simon Fraser University, Student Sports Netherlands and Swedish University Sports Federation during the dinner while other new members Vytautas Magnus University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and British Universities and Colleges Sport were not present.


The first session entitled ‘From research to re-invention’ took place on Wednesday morning and we had Jayne Wilson (Sheffield Hallam University) and Arne Göring (University of Goettingen).

Jayne gave an interesting presentation on the value of sports for developing career and life skills and the income gap between those who did participate in recreation in University compared to those who did not.

She was then followed by Arne Göring who gave insight into the educational potential of sport and the positive results achieved in research so far.

Wednesday’s second session was focused on maximising your income as an institution, entitled ‘Impact, Value and Legacy’.

The first speaker was Sara Liebscher (Director of Athletics Advancement, Notre Dame University) who spoke about fundraising through different methods and target markets.

Guri Hetland (Manager of the Trondheim 2023 Bid) then shared her knowledge on planning and hosting major events.

The final speaker in Session 2 was ASVZ’s Lorenz Ursprung who shared his knowledge on University sports as a sellable product.

For Wednesday’s afternoon session, ENAS was joined by Michael Pedersen of M. Inc who turned all of our delegates into secret agents.

Throughout the session, our delegates who were set in the year of 2022 undertook various tasks against the clock.

Throughout the rest of the evening, delegates took part in the Asbjörn Cup and the winners were announced during dinner in the student Samfundet.

It was back to business on Thursday morning for Session 4: ‘Utilising the Research’, during which we had Dutch and Irish delegates speaking.

Marije Deutekom and Vera Dekkers from University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam presented studies conducted in the Netherlands on the relationship between sports and the results of students.

Also speaking in Session 4 was Niamh O’Callaghan from Dublin Institute of Technology who presented the results of a Student Sport Ireland survey based around participation in sport.

The fifth and final session took place immediately after.

Paola Ottonello, European Commission, made a presentation about Erasmus+ and the EU Week of Sport before she was rushed away to the airport.

We were then re-joined by Michael Pedersen who shared his expertise on Stakeholder Engagement.

Presentations for the ENAS Award 2017 was next on the agenda with the University of Turku, Maastricht University and University of Leicester competing for the prize.

ENAS 2018

After lunch, we had the announcement of next year’s venue so keep an eye out for more information on Nijmegen 2018 and the General Assembly which you can read more about in this newsletter.


Thank you once more to our sponsors, delegates, Trondheim organisers and hotel for a wonderful week for Forum 2017.


Hamburg/Porto Staff Exchange

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From the 23rd to the 27th of October, Hochschulsport Hamburg (University Sport Service Hamburg) was happy to host its first Staff Exchange and welcomed four colleagues of the University Sport Service at the University of Porto (Centro de Desporto da Universidade do Porto).

This exchange intended to contribute to the Internationalization Strategy of the University of Hamburg and for University Sport Service to grow in this field of interaction itself. The main goal was to talk about different experiences and exchange knowledge about work and common or different structures in both organizations.

The visitors were Bruno Almeida, Director of the University Sport Service of Porto (Head of CDUP-UP, Centro De Desporto, Universidade do Porto), Miguel Monteiro, UPFIT coordinator and sports facility manager, Daniela Viera, coordinator for competitive sports and sports facility manager and Catarina Sampaio, in charge of marketing and public relations.

The schedule was tight: Apart from getting to know the team of University Sport Service, the visitors got to see a little bit of the city. Everything started with a tour around the campus, followed by a presentation of the daily routine of the team and the used programs. Colleagues of the University of Hamburg and the University Sports Service of Porto had the chance to have several one on one conversations about the work itself, problems and general procedures.

Other than that, the Portuguese were able to look at the sports park, the three gyms, the rowing boathouse and the sailing club of University Sport Service. On the last day, everybody was able to get active together at the Indoor Beach Volleyball Center. At the final evening special guest, Dr. Torsten Szobries (International Department of the University of Hamburg) attended the event and presented the University of Hamburg and its extensive exchange programs. Afterwards, Bruno Almeida introduced the audience to the University of Porto with a presentation and short films.

We’ve not only learned that the days of the week are called 2a feira (Monday), 3a feira (Tuesday), etc., so the week starts with Sunday and no other day then Saturday has its own name. We were able to see that both organizations face similar challenges and very different ones as well. Most of those differences conclude through national circumstances, structures and the interaction between organization and university.

Sport is something that brings people together, activates and mobilizes them. It could play a very important role in external representation of universities and is a place for learning lifelong lasting skills. Simultaneously it can be used as a platform for conversations  on further levels than just sports. This has been proved during our Staff Exchange.

Overall, this exchange was a great success, including many intense discussions, getting to know a lot of people and doing fun things in Hamburg. Hamburg’s team is very excited to be visiting Porto in the spring of 2018, but as well, is looking forward to similar exchanges with other ENAS member institutions in the future.

Adeus, até logo!

By Jörg Förster

Some more photos from Bruno and Jörg:


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


12th Friendship Games showcase the power of sport to bring people together.

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The 12th Friendship Games, an International Basketball Tournament for students, ended with a moving Closing Ceremony on the banks of the Red Sea.

Athletes, both men and women, from Jordan, The Palestinian Authority, Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Israel took part (13 teams).

Once again, the power of sport provided the basis of a fascinating encounter between students from diverse religions and backgrounds. New Friendships were formed , allowing students to get to know each other on a personal basis

All the participants were taken on tours of Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Social events created a great atmosphere of friendship and companionship.

In the Women’s Tournament, the Israeli team won and the Men’s Tournament Trophy was taken home by the team from Lithuania.