Welcome to Nijmegen!

Welcome to the ENAS Nijmegen 2018 webpage. On this page you will find everything there is to know about the 21st ENAS Forum & Assembly taking place in Nijmegen between 11th and 16th November 2018. This year’s event is organized by the Radboud Sports Centre (RSC) in the context of the 95th anniversary of the Radboud University and the fact that Nijmegen has been elected European Green Capital 2018.  

We will also give you updates about the Forum via the ENAS newsletter and Facebook page.

If you didn’t find the answer to your question on this page? Do not hesitate to get in touch via margo@enas-sport.net.



Follow the event live (members only)

A live stream for the event will be available for our members behind member login. Check again here between Tuesday 13 and Friday 16 for live streaming links.



“Sustainability in University and College Sport – making our future the concern of the present”

Sustainability does not only concern the environment around us, and the impact we have on it. In the business world, the concept involves management of the impact on people, profit and planet alike – a triple bottom line! Under the influence of these sustainability pressures, the university sports services mission has evolved from organizing sports activities, to the much broader remit – the development of healthy campus life. The Okanagan International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015) suggests that: “Health promoting universities and colleges transform the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities and contribute to the well-being of people, places and the planet.”

Your sports service has a social, financial and environmental responsibility. You can contribute to sustainable development in education, research and operational management of your institution. You can support and stimulate sustainable behavior among staff and students. And you can help develop a sustainable work, study and sports environment in which the impact on our resources continuously decreases.

Through expert presentations and practical sessions, we will understand and address the challenges and opportunities of sustainability in the university and college sport context. Join us to become lean, mean and green in 2018.


Fit For Life

Sustainable Events

Green Facilities



At the ENAS Forum & Assembly, we are always proud to present a diverse range of speakers, each specializing in a different area relative to our main theme.

ENAS and Radboud Sports Centre are pleased to have announced the following speakers for the Forum & Assembly.

Patrick and Milan Van der Meulen

They became inspired by An Inconvenient Truth when they were very young. The Dutch brothers are part of an international and dynamic group of world changers who shape the debate about climate problems. Milan was appointed Climate Reality Leader in 2015 after training from the former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

They co-founded www.enie.nl, which focuses on integrating many forms of renewable energy into creative hybrid systems. The session will focus on three important questions: Should we change? Can we change? Are we going to change?

Ronald Veerbeek

Ronald Veerbeek, one of the main protagonists behind the Zevenheuvelenloop will be addressing the audience at the 21st Forum & Assembly. Zevenheuvelenloop is an annual 15km road running race held in Nijmegen, Netherlands. It was first organised in 1984 and has grown to be one of the largest road races in the Netherlands; it attracted over 30,000 runners in 2008 and has previously been honoured by the European Athletics Association with a 1st Innovation Award in the Sustainability category.

Maria Hopman

Maria is a Professor in Integrative Physiology in Radboud at the Radboud University Medical Centre. She will be giving insight into latest research around healthy and sustainable physical activity patterns under the subtheme ‘Fit for Life’. Her research is focused on exploring the relationship between inactivity and chronic disease.

Filippo Bazzanella

We are delighted to announce the latest speaker for the Forum & Assembly: Filippo Bazzanella. Filippo has vast experience in organising large scale sports events and, along with Egon Theiner, has written a book called ‘Must Have. Nice to Have: How to establish big sporting events on a human scale again’.

Within the book, they provide advice and examples of systems that could be useful to organizers aiming to trim budgets, refocus events back on sports and reflect on the needs of all stakeholders.

More via www.connex.me/ENASFA2018

Fees & Registration

Registrations are closed


PLEASE NOTE: A different venue and hotel is used for the Pre-Forum and the Forum.

Pre-Forum Hotel

Hotel Papendal

Forum Hotel

Van der Valk Hotel Nijmegen-Lent
Hertog Eduardplein 4
6663 AN Nijmegen

How to get there?

Nijmegen and Arnhem are very centrally located in Europe on the Eastern border of the Netherlands with Germany. The city is very well connected by train with international high speed train hub Arnhem closeby and different airports within 2h travel distance.

Plan ahead and make your journey to Nijmegen as comfortable and sustainable as possible. We encourage carpooling for those travelling to the Forum by car. Share your journey via the ENAS Facebook page or on the ConnexMe wall to find out who is driving and who needs a ride.


By train

Final stop: Nijmegen Lent

Arnhem Central is the closest hub for high speed connections. From there it takes about 20 minutes to get to the hotel by local train.


By airplane:

Airport Distance Transport
Weeze Airport 63km Shuttlebus to Nijmegen upon reservation.

Duration:  1h30

Eindhoven Airport 68km Bus towards Eindhoven Centraal.
From there:·       Train to Nijmegen Lent via Hertogenbosch (1 change).·       Flixbus to Nijmegen Centraal. Change to local train to Nijmegen Lent.Duration: 2h
Düsseldorf Airport 111km Bus towards Düsseldorf Hbf
From there:·       Train to Nijmegen Lent (several changes)·       Flixbus to Venlo and train to Nijmegen  Lent (several changes)Duration: 3h
Amsterdam Schiphol 120km Direct train to Nijmegen Centraal every 30 minutes at XX:00 and XX:30. From Nijmegen Centraal, bus or local train to Nijmegen Lent.
Duration: 2h
Maastricht Airport 131km Bus towards Maastricht Centraal.

Train to Nijmegen Lent (several changes)

Duration: 3h

Brussels Airport 182km Train to Nijmegen Lent via Breda every hour.
Duration: 3h

Plan your trip via https://www.goeuro.com/ to see all different travel options.


Flyer (PDF)


The Radboud Sports Centre (RSC) is the sports centre of the Radboud University in Nijmegen. It was founded in 1966 and nowadays we have nearly 20,000 members and more than 80 different sports on offer. Visit our website for more information: http://ru.nl/sportscentre/

Click below to watch the video of the LOC Nijmegen that we showed at the ENAS Forum & Assembly 2017 in Trondheim.

About Nijmegen

Nijmegen is situated on the banks of the Waal, a branch of the Rhine in the region of the ‘Great Rivers’, and a mere 10 kilometers from the German border. Of Roman origin (its name derives from ‘Noviomagus’ meaning ‘new market’) the city celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 2005. This makes Nijmegen the oldest city in the Netherlands. Nijmegen was also the imperial residence during the Carolingian period. The ‘Valkhof’ – ‘Falcon’s Court’ – is the highest point of the city overlooking the river. It was once the site of Charlemagne’s castle. From this vantage point, which is now a scenic park, the typically Dutch polder landscape and rolling hills provide a beautiful panorama.

The Great Rivers marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and no doubt the Romans settled here because of the splendid strategic view of enemy territory across the river. For similarly strategic reasons, subsequent kings and other rulers chose Nijmegen as their place of residence.


Until a century ago, Nijmegen was a fortified town, its surroundings the scene of many fierce battles. However, in 1879 the old city defences were torn down, as they posed an increasing obstacle to the city’s prosperity. A period of spectacular growth followed, and within a few decades the railway bridge across the Waal was constructed, and gas, electricity and water mains were installed in the city.

The Second World War is a black page in Nijmegen’s history. On February 22, 1944, allied forces bombed the city by mistake, killing 800 people. A few months later, Nijmegen was liberated following the U.S. airborne landings of ‘Operation Market Garden’, which freed the southern part of the Netherlands on September 17, 1944. Badly damaged in the war, much was done to rebuild the city in the post-war period and a new city centre arose in which the remaining monuments of Nijmegen’s rich history occupy a special position.

Auction & Raffle Charity






The charity chosen as the beneficiary of the 21st ENAS Forum & Assembly Charity Auction and Raffle is the Ronald McDonald House Nijmegen.

When a child is seriously ill, injured or prematurely born, you want the best care for it. Hospitals that offer than care, such Radboud UMC in Nijmegen, are often not close to the families in need. Those families then spend a lot of time travelling to and from the hospital to get treatment for their child. Time spent apart – a family divided.

Ronald McDonald House Nijmegen provides a place for the families to call home, so they can stay close to their hospitalized child, enabling them to provide the love and support needed in these situations.