ENAS Award Finalist: UCD

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If you missed it, the ENAS Award shortlist was announced last week.

We’re now happy to provide some background on each of the projects that have made the shortlist and will be presented at our Forum & Assembly in Nijmegen.

First up is University College Dublin and their project ‘Students helping Students’.

‘Students Helping Students’ at UCD Dublin integrates real-world learning and service provision for students by students in a university sport setting.

Partnership between the Physiotherapy unit and Sport Services gives students a structured Physiotherapy work placement in the Sport Centre, supervised by Physiotherapy staff.

They develop and deliver services in response to student needs, while gaining experiential learning. To date, initiatives include: supporting the Active Campus Europe programme; delivering classes; provision of sports massage, recovery and advice for athletes; first aid for UCD sport teams; engagement in health, exercise and wellness promotion for the university community.

You can find out ever more about UCD’s initiative at the Forum & Assembly when they present the project to our delegates, prior to the final vote.

Keep an eye out tomorrow and Thursday for our other two finalists.

enas-active.net: Call for interested partners to develop a University/College bespoke physical activity application

ENAS is currently developing an online application for the members to facilitate Universities and Colleges in monitoring and reporting on physical activity interventions held in their institution aimed at the inactive University community. The overall goal of the application is to provide additional social engagement opportunities through social media and to allow continuous an accurate follow-up of participants’ activities as part of the programme by tracking minutes of physical activity. The delivery of the application is phased to allow as much intermediary and follow-up feedback from within the membership as possible.

As part of the phase 1 delivery, 15 ENAS members are currently using the application to facilitate the second round of the common intervention of the Active Campus Europe project financed by Erasmus+ Sport. They are using the application as a monitoring tool and will be bringing around 500 students onto the platform by the summer 2018. Feedback from this phase 1 will lead to further development of the application to meet the needs of our target group even better.

Meanwhile, we are already preparing for phase 2. Therefor we are launching an official call for additional interested ENAS members to join the application development team. This application could be(come) everything you are looking for. Reply to the call for partners before 31 March 2018.

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Move More, Feel Better

Representatives from 16 Academic Sport Services from 7 European countries discussed the results of their first activity program round for sport-inactive students under the project lead of RWTH Aachen University.

From 12th to 14th December all project members of the health activity program ‘Active Campus Europe’ met at Imperial College London, one of the project members, in order to discuss and exchange their experiences of first program round.

“Move more, feel better” is an activity program to motivate students to get into the habit of physical activity. Individual monitoring, health screening and health tests, workshops and lectures, individual feed-back and low participant fees make it easy for students to participate and get enthusiastic about physical activity. A wide range of obligatory and voluntary physical activities, including social and local sports to match the cultural diversity in Europe were offered at the project member’s sports centres.

Autonomous University of Barcelona provides an app for participants to stay in touch with students and give them personal feed-back and advice. As a community, the  students are sharing their thoughts and they are getting the chance to motivate each other. The project partners were considering providing a common app for the second activity round which could be made available by ENAS and in future, also be used for all ENAS members.

“We are happy to see so many positive results and outcomes of the program”, said Peter Lynen, head of RWTH Aachen University sport department and project lead.

“With all the adaptations we agreed on now in London I am optimistic that we will make our program even more attractive for sport-inactive students!”

Next program round will start between the end of January and mid-April. A lot of good practice models will be provided in future for all Academic Sports Services in Europe.

More information @ www.activecampuseurope.eu