Staff visits: University of Vigo - Freie Universität Berlin

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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.

Here you can find more information and the presentations from that international week.

Feeling inspired? For more information on funded Staff Visits, click here.

ENAS Benchmark 2015

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Compare finances!

Deadline: CLOSED

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.

Available to all ENAS members:
Download 2015 Benchmark Questionnaire here.
Download Executive Summary here.
Download the ENAS Factsheet here.

For participating members:
Request the full report and your personal factsheet by e-mail to
Download Explanation Personal Factsheet here.



ENAS Award

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Share and celebrate your top projects and take home €2.500 (!!!).

Deadline: 20 September 2017

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What is the ENAS Award and what can it do for you?

ENAS is all about networking and sharing ideas for better student sport. The purpose of the annual ENAS Award is to support the innovative development of projects by institutions which contribute to the development and recognition of Student Sport and can serve as inspiration to your colleagues abroad.

And, there’s the prize! The winning institution will take home €1,500 cash prize, €1,000 worth of kit from our proud sponsors Kukri and of course your name on the ENAS Award roll of honour.

Read a short testimonial below:

For Trinity College Dublin Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner, 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:

TO-Photo-with-Provost-and-cheque-dec12-3‘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 it, 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 2018 ENAS Award will be announced closer to the time of the 2018 Forum and Assembly. The award winners are then announced at the closing dinner of the Forum in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 

APPLICATION FORMClick here to apply now. REGULATIONSClick here to read.


Who can apply?

Applications are open to all ENAS members.


Who selects the winner?

Since 2015, there has been a 2 step judging process (selection committee + member voting)

First, 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 outlined in the regulations. The shortlisted projects are invited to present at the annual Forum & Assembly in November.

Secondly, after seeing the presentations, the ENAS Members and Forum delegates are requested to vote for their favourite project as is the selection committee. In case of a tie in the members vote, the selection committee vote will determine the winning project.




Contact Margo de Lange, ENAS  Policy and Project Officer here:


Previous winners



Scientific findings prove that active short break periods, slight forms of movement and a balanced and healthy diet have a positive effect on performance, concentration, creativity and subjective wellbeing and therefore make a valuable contribution
to health. The university sport of the University of Wuppertal strives to promote active breaks for employees and students. Attractive midday offers as well as modern break time opportunities and relaxation areas were initiated on the campus. Additionally, healthy break time snacks and sufficient drinking behaviour will be emphasized. The positive effects of an active break time organization should be experienced and embedded in teaching and research as well as other areas of life and activity permanently. The essential aim of this set of measures is the individual resource development for more wellbeing, productivity and performance at work and place to study by integrating a conscious break time organization.


In order to promote relaxation in break times and free periods there is a park of hammocks which are placed between the campus trees and invite everybody to stay or learn in the green. Furthermore the “snoozle area” allows people to take a time out
or even a midday nap in a pleasant and cosy atmosphere.

The “pausenexpress” will support employees and students to be more active. Trainers come straight to the offices and lecture halls and ensure a guided active break. Additionally there are instructed midday break time offers (yoga, pilates, autogenic training) where the body and mind can take a timeout. Another opportunity to relieve stress is our diversified fitness path which can be done independently. In order to drink enough during break times, a drinking campaign was initiated particularly for employees. They received useful information and advice to optimize their drinking behaviour at an information desk which was placed in front of the university canteens. Furthermore every visitor received an 0,5 litre cup using the slogan “drink four of me every day”. It is to be seen as a reminder to drink enough. The healthy break snack was discussed during lectures on nutrition and cooking workshops.




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). The campaign 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 people about taking breaks from sitting. Facebook and internet pages 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 exercises 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 exercise 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 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.

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ENAS Lille 2014 Joerg + Neil


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!!

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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 Staff Visit Programme

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ENAS offers more than just an annual conference for exchanges between members of University Sport Services all around Europe. ENAS wants to stimualte members to make use of existing frameworks in Europe to increase communication and cooperation between members and to encourage the lifelong learning from each other through the Erasmus + programme. Do you want to visit one of your colleagues? Find out how to get European support below.


Erasmus+ supports training periods for staff working in higher education institutions.

With Erasmus+, you can train at a higher education institution in an Erasmus+ Programme or Partner country or at an organisation outside the sector in a Programme country.

Examples of such organisations include businesses, public bodies, social partners, research institutes and non-governmental organisations.


A training period between two Programme countries must last a minimum of 2 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

A training period between a Programme country and a Partner country must last a minimum of 5 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.


To train abroad with Erasmus+, your higher education institution must either, in the cases of Programme countries, hold the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education or, in the case of Partner countries, have signed an inter-institutional agreement with the receiving institution.

Your higher education institution and the organisation at which you will train must be part of an Erasmus+ National Mobility Consortium.

Before beginning your training, you, your higher education institution and the receiving institution sign a Mobility Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how your training will be formally recognised.

Financial support

EU grants provide a contribution to your costs for travel and subsistence during your time abroad and vary depending on:

  1. The receiving country
  2. In the case of mobility within Programme countries, the level of demand from staff from your country who intend to train abroad
  3. The distance between your country and the receiving country
  4. In the case of training periods between Programme countries, availability of other financial sources in your country or region

If your training period abroad is between Programme countries, your sending institution will be responsible for making all payments. If it is between Programme and Partner countries, your sending and receiving institutions decide which one will make your payments.

Grant levels for mobility between Programme and Partner countries are published in the Programme guide. Check the website of your National Agency and your sending higher education institution for applicable rates for training periods between within Programme countries. For more information on grant levels, check the Programme Guide.

How to apply

You apply for a grant via your higher education instiution. HEIs select candidates for training periods abroad from their staff.

The selection of staff should be fair, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

Contact the international or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution to find out if these opportunities are available.

The National Agencies, for Programme countries, and National Offices, for Partner countries (where available),  can help with queries and applications, and you can contact the European Commission through EuropeDirect.

More information on staff training opportunities can be found on the IMOTION website.

A series of frequently asked questions for students and staff are also available.