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

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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


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.

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.

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!

Find the event online:


Download brochureClick here to download the event brochure Download invitationClick here to download the offcial invitation

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: