University of Vigo staff members, Roman Lago and Javier Rial, took advantage of the celebration of University International Week; “Internationalization and Sports – New Perspectives for Universities”, 03-07 June, with colleagues from Freie Universitat Berlin. It was an ideal opportunity to present ENAS to several new Universities and meet colleagues from Turkey, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and many more.
The International Office and University Sport Service of Freie Universität Berlin hosted the 3rd International Week with the topic “Internationalization and Sports – New Perspectives for Universities“. The University welcomed about 40 ERASMUS administrative staff colleagues from the fields of International Relations and University Sports from all over Europe at the beautiful University Campus in Dahlem. Guided by the topic and several presentations, the participants discussed in workshops how to improve cooperation between International Offices, University Sports Units and other institutions in between the University system to create a better environment to integrate students from abroad on site.
Additionally, the participants had opportunities of guided tours through Botanic Gardens, the Spree River and other touristic views within the German Capital. They were also invited to try some water sports in the beautiful water sport base of the University Sport Service. The week ended with a walk within the beautiful Carnival of Cultures, which gives an idea of the wide intercultural scene in Berlin itself.
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Project closed, participants will receive the results!
In 2012, ENAS first held a benchmark to gather information about the sports centers of the member institutions of ENAS. Click here to see the 2012 Benchmark questionnaire.
Last year in September, we did it again! Marnix Hiemstra, who conducted the benchmark as a part of his graduation project, developed a new (shorter) set of questions and launched the 2015 survey to update the 2012 data.
An Executive Summary of the 2015 Benchmark results will be made available to all ENAS members. The full results are anonymously presented to each participating sports service. These results will give the universities strategic information, that can be used for the daily business of the sports services and in contacts with the university boards. A personalised factsheet was also provided to every participating institution to further visualise their positioning in the European Student Sport landscape.
The ENAS EC also gets strategic information from the survey, that it can use to strengthen the position of ENAS in favor of all its members. For this reason, we have developed a factsheet in collaboration with Marnix. See bottom of page.
For participating members:
Request the full report and your personal factsheet by e-mail to email@example.com.
Download Explanation Personal Factsheet here.
Share and celebrate your top-projects and take home €1.000.
Deadline: 30 September 2016
What is the ENAS Award and what can it do for you?
ENAS is all about networking and sharing ideas for a better student sport. The purpose of the annual ENAS Award is to support the innovative development of projects by your Institution which contribute to the development and recognition of Student Sport and can serve as an invaluable inspiration to your colleagues abroad.
The winning Institution will take home €1,000 and invaluable honoring within your university and beyond.
For Trinity College Dublin and Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner, current ENAS President, winning the ENAS Award in 2012 was the start of new adventures and contact within and outside of the University as she mentions in her testimonial below:
‘The ENAS award for the Trinity Olympians Project in 2012 has raised the profile of Trinity Sport internally and externally. The Award was celebrated by the Provost, Vice President for Global relations, Chief Operating Officer and other key decision makers in the University. It literally opened doors to discussions about the importance and impact of sport within the University which yielded commitments to sports facility developments. The prize fund supported development and training for the sports team and created a great sense of achievement and pride in our work. It was without doubt a game changer in the development of Trinity Sport and I hope a source of inspiration to other ENAS members because if Trinity Sport could do, so can you!’
How to apply?
Just take a few minutes, read the terms and conditions, fill out the online application form by clicking the button below (approx. duration 15min) and keep your fingers crossed. That’s it.
The application deadline for the 2016 ENAS Best Practice Award is 30 September 2016. The winner will be announced at the closing dinner at the 2016 ENAS Forum & Assembly in Malta.
Who can apply?
Every ordinary member of ENAS.
Who selects the winner?
Since 2015, there is a 2 step judging process (selection committee + member voting)
First step: The ENAS EC will choose a selection committee among the board members which can be supported by one of the honorary members. This selection committee studies all applications and makes a shortlist of the best three projects on basis of the quality of the submission and the selection criteria as outlines in the regulations. The shortlisted projects are invited to present at the annual Forum & Assembly in November.
Second step: After seeing the presentations, the ENAS Members and Forum delegates are requested to vote for their favourite project as is the selection committee. Both the selection committee and the members vote have 50% of the votes. The ENAS president has a deciding vote in case of a tie.
The 2016 ENAS Best Practice Award winner will then be announced at the closing dinner at the 2016 ENAS Forum in Malta.
Contact the Margo de Lange, ENAS Policy and Project Officer here: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOTTOM’S UP! SIT LESS, FEEL BETTER.
CONCEPTION OF THE PROJECT
The project was instigated by the prevalence of neck and lower back problems, as well as obesity and the illnesses associated with it, among the staff and students at the University of Turku, Finland. All of the abovementioned problems are related to long periods of sitting. The issue was considered by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and University of Turku Sports, and the decision was made to instigate a project designed to inform students and personnel about the risks associated with excessive sitting.
The project has been managed with the co-operation of sports coordinator Teija Hakala (University Sports, University of Turku) and physiotherapist Anne Friman (Finnish Student Health Service Turku). Project was started in 2014 and the first step was to get the administration of University of Turku to accept the campaign. That´s how the campaign was able to be targeted for the whole university (all the students and staff members, not only an activity of University Sports). Campaing has got a lot of publicity at the whole University of Turku and also in other universities in Finland. Advertisements were delivered to outside doors of each building as well as meeting and lecture rooms at the University of Turku to remind about taking breaks from sitting. Facebook and intranet pages of campaign were created and different kinds of material printed. In 2014 different working groups, happenings and lectures were visited and break exercise given.. In spring 2015 online break excercises were made so that lectures can use them on their own at the lectures. In autumn 2015 there will be arranged a Bottoms Up week at all the lectures where during one week all the lectures will ask students to stand up 10 minutes in every 45 min. lecture or give a break excercise for 5 minutes. The project was funded by FSHS, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance, and the University of Turku. The costs of advertising agency, printing and online break exercises were paid with the funding.
In the end of 2014, the effectiveness of the campaign was evaluated. The results indicated (the answers of 1230 persons) that the campaign was considered necessary, many people began to think how much they sit, and many reduced the time spent sitting. Break workout was considered refreshing between lectures or the working day. Some lecturers began to raise students up for a moment during the lecture. Also spatial aspects have improved. Many staff members have got electric tables and to lobbies and meeting rooms of University of Turku have been made standing places. The department who plans the facilities considers Bottoms Up! aspects when planning new facilities. We are also trying to get standing places to lecture rooms.
The University of Turku has also published several workout videos that can be used to have an active break in your Sports Department.
GO FIT/ONE BIG THING
CONCEPTION OF THE PROJECT
At previous ENAS conferences (Limerick, Lisbon and even as far back as Ghent in 2007), we have demonstrated that an individual is more likely to keep going on an exercise program with support from friends and colleagues than if they try to “go it alone”. We also know that academic excellence and mental health correlates closely to physical health and wellbeing.
Our usage patterns in our sports facilities showed that there was a decrease in activity during exam periods (Imperial has some of the hardest exams in the world) when arguably students need to be at their fittest and most mentally prepared.
We saw the Go Fit program and decided that, if we adapted it to suit Imperial, this could be a very beneficial scheme to benefit our students (and staff). Having worked with Prof mc Schraefel it become clear that we could develop a useful collaboration and try some innovative interventions to get people moving more. We also wanted to ensure that students continued to exercise after the end of the 12 week period so organised a milestone event as a training destination at a time of the year when there are the most number of exams (May 16) .The go Fit program and the ONE BIG THING event as a linked project are the basis of this bid.
Imperial staff and students form mixed teams of up to 8 to take part in a 12 week league related challenge to increase the amount of activity minutes they participate in against other teams. Team captains aim to motivate teams by suggesting ways to increase participation minutes and working with team members to develop more minutes of activity. Minutes were logged in an Imperial Go Fit website (example page attached)
Each week spot prizes were awarded for the most active teams and there were also prizes for most improved (or minutes increased) individuals and teams. The scheme ran for 12 weeks, with increasing minutes targeted per week and the joint event culminated in ONE BIG THING –a 5k any way event in London’s Hyde Park that was used a training destination event.45 teams took part with 360 individuals involved in Go Fit. In addition 209 took part in ONE BIG THING of whom 70% had taken part in the Go Fit Programme.
Go Fit and ONE BIG THING have had a massive impact on sport at Imperial and indeed the whole university! The project was endorsed by the Provost and Vice Provost (who opened the launch event) and during the 12 week period the logging of minutes was the talk of the campus.
Imperial was recently ranked second university in the world and has huge academic demands. I’d like to think that Go Fit and ONE BIG THING have helped students to achieve some great academic results and improved their health and wellbeing and even helped researchers to develop innovative research schemes and new discoveries!
The scheme was so popular that there is already a demand for the joint scheme to be implemented again next year and will become an integral part of the psyche of Imperial!!
Exercise as Medicine’ (‘Taking up Sports’).
Goal of the Project
The University Sports Center (USC) wants to reach out to starting sportspeople by offering a program for less/non-sporty students/employees to feel at home at the USC and for them to get comfortable with the large amounts of sports the USC has on offer. That way, the USC can contribute to a healthy campus for those people. Too little exercise can lead to health risk.
September 2011 start: course ‘Taking up Sports’.
Target group new sportspeople: students and employees.
The target is for participants to keep sporting within the USC after the course has come to an end. This is achieved by having people sport in a group for 10 weeks under expert supervision. Participants will get in touch with different elements of the extensive amount of sports the USC has on offer.
Evaluation: There was sufficient interest, but the target group was only partially reached. In general, mainly more experienced sportspeople were drawn to the variety of lessons. Just a small percentage of participants were actually starting sportspeople. These participants had underlying medical problems, because of which they needed additional individual support.
For the participants with underlying medical problems, a new program has been developed; ‘Exercise as Medicine’. The formerly mentioned sportspeople with more experience can make use of individual sports advice and will get measured instructions.
Exercise as Medicine.
The target group will be people who can reduce or prevent health risk by exercising more, thereby changing their lifestyle. Besides exercising and sporting for 10 lessons in a weekly group program, participants will receive 2 individual appointments with the instructor. A network consisting of the company doctor, family doctor and physiotherapist is consulted as well.
This course has started as of 1st September 2013.
Trinity Olympians Project
It was a great year for Sport, and Trinity College Dublin can rate 2012 as an important milestone in their Sports Service. Using their Trinity Olympians project, developed from best practices and discussions from ENAS members at the 2011 Antwerp Conference, they were able to elevate the presence of sport to not only their students and College faculty, but the Irish Community as a whole.
Taking Trinity alumni and highlighting their contributions to sport on a world stage, Michelle Tanner (Head of Sport and Recreation) soon found herself meeting with the Senior Management of the College, and members of the Irish Sports Federations. This was then highlighted with the Sports Service being a key contributor to the College’s strategic plan. Michelle remarks, ‘It went from Sport being something nice to have but not really important, to having the entire College talking about Sport and wanting to be part of what we were doing!’
City KOPS (Keep On Playing Sport)
The project looked to take those individuals who were involved in sport at some time in their life, but had quit due to University studies, time, fitness, other reasons. It offered up structured, coached sessions of indoor football (Monday), netball (Tuesday) and badminton (Fridays), along with few instructor led fitness classes (Zumba, Circuits, Tone and Trim). Participants needed to be aged between 18 – 25, full time University student, and committed to doing a minimum of 1 session per week. The project was supported through the University, so cost to the participant was very low (£25 for 8 weeks).
There were over 60 participants involved, which grew to over 112 by week 4. Once the project got to week 7 all participants requested us to continue the programme (which was not possible), but over 53 participants joined the Sports Centre, and several joined respective teams of the sport they were doing.
This project went so well, that we even ran a similar 8 week session for University staff. Over 40 staff members joined the project, and at the finish of the 8 weeks, approx. 31 were still exercising regularly. This was a very impressive turnabout, as the percentage of academics were very high (13 lecturers).
ENAS offers more than just an annual conference for exchanges between members of University Sport Services all around Europe. ENAS wants to increase communication and cooperation between members and to encourage the lifelong learning from each other.
In order to improve that exchange, the ENAS Executive Committee has decided to setup some changes in the existing ENAS Staff Exchange Programme, which will be called “ENAS Staff Visit Programme” from now on.
The programme now offers two different ways to realise the exchange, which are labelled as VISITS and HOST AN EVENT.
This is a one way visit in which an ENAS member university sends 1 or 2 staff members from their own University Sport Service for a visit of the University Sport Service at another ENAS member university. The visit shall include 1-2 days (one or two overnight stays) to visit facilities and to get knowledge about administrative structures, financial base and staff competences.
How it works:
- ENAS financially support the visitor’s organization.
- The support will be 200 € to the organization that sends the visitors.
- Every year ENAS will support the first five visits per annum.
- Visitors can fill an application at any time of the year. After receiving application the responsible members of the ENAS EC will inform the visitor about the current situation.
- To fill out application form on the ENAS webpage, announcing the proposal for a time schedule that they want to visit the host and what particulars they are interested in.
- To send tips to the host about what the visitor is interested in. This should be done early enough before the arrival that the host has time to prepare the visit.
- To write short report/comments after visit to ENAS officer (Annelien Arnouts) to get the financial support from ENAS.
- To be a host for the visitor / visitors for 1-2 days.
- To help with contact details about accommodation close to the institution and if there is additional information that needs to be taken into account before arrival
- To give information about transportation options (for example public transport to be used).
- To arrange appropriate staff from their department to be available for questions /interviews to the colleagues from visiting university
- To offer the possibility to visit facilities of the university sport service
- • To offer complimentary lunch (in university canteen) if possible.
In exceptional cases ENAS EC has the possibility to deviate from these rules as long as the intention of these rules will be honored.
This is planned for groups with more than 2 participating staff members of an ENAS member University Sport Service. The hosting ENAS member university organises an event, which can be management training, training day, training event or some other form of teaching event for University Sport Service Staff.
How it works:
- ENAS financially supports the host who organises the event.
- The hosts of the selected events get 200 € as a basic support, once the event will has been realised. In addition they will receive for every 10 participants 200 € until the maximum amount of 1000 €.
- Applications for the next year should be done at the maximum one year before and at the latest by the end of the current year.
- By the end of the January responsible members of the ENAS EC will select two of the events that will receive funding by ENAS. After that ENAS will inform which events have been selected.
- It is still possible to send in an application for the next year. These applications will be judged in order of appearance and as long as there is remaining funding for this purpose. ENAS will inform regarding the financial situation to its members.
- All interested members who want to organise and host an event need to fill an application form in which will need to be the estimation for the number of participants.
- To set the minimum number of participants which is needed so that the event can be realised.
- To prepare and organise all the necessary elements; accommodation, meals, transport, marketing and calculation, etc.
- To write short report/comments after the event to ENAS Officer (Annelien Arnourts) to receive the financial support from ENAS.
In exceptional cases ENAS EC has the possibility to deviate from these rules as long as the intention of these rules will be honored.
Potential Topics for Events:
- HR organisation and qualification
- staff management and structure
- finance funding and tax rates
- sponsoring and fundraising
- internal/external marketing
- public relations and social media
- on line registration systems, data security
- cooperation with public/private stakeholders
- event management, project management
- special events, tournaments, championships
- trend sports, new classes/courses
- facilities presentation
- individual or staff training
- convention or conference
- specific sport activity demonstration
- dual career