Eurobarometer 2018

The results of the Eurobarometer 2018 survey, requested by the EU Commission, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture have been published.

With a new EU Work Plan in force since July 2017, this survey gives an indication of how the new policies have impacted in the opening stages of its integration.

Throughout the survey, they highlight the frequency with which people in different age groups work out before further categorizing it under the headings of location, intensity and reasons why.

It also allows readers the opportunity to view the information relevant specific to any one of the 28 participating EU countries.

The full survey results and information can be found here.

The survey was conducted by TNS Political and Social Network on behalf of the EU Commission.

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U.Porto welcomes Hamburg in staff exchange

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From March 5 to 9, under the Erasmus + Staff Exchange programme, five members of the Sports Service of the University of Hamburg, Hochschulsport Hamburg, visited the Sports Centre of the University of Porto.

In October, the members of U.Porto Sports Centre (CDUP-Up) went to visit the University of Hamburg, now it was the turn of the German colleagues to visit the University of Porto.

Bruno Almeida, Director of CDUP-UP, commented: “This exchange of experience and staff, which is integrated in the internationalization strategy of our Sports Centre, is without doubt a learning that translates into an added value for both services.”

Over the week, University of Hamburg employees Jan Rosenthal, Karin Nentwing, Patrice Girow, Philipp Hatje and Marika Godemann learned a bit more about the operation of U.Porto Sports Centre.

The week began with a visit to the Rectory, where the pro-rector Fernando Remião and the CDUP-UP Director presented the sports services on offer. At lunch, the Director of International Relations Services, Bárbara Costa, welcomed the guests at the Círculo Universitário.

In the afternoon, the German colleagues began by visiting the sports facilities such as the University Stadium and then the sports complex of Boa Hora.

In the afternoon, they viewed the facilities at the other U.Porto campus, where the President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sport, José Oliveira, received and guided the guests through the faculty facilities. To finish the day, the members of the University of Hamburg were able to visit the Porto wine cellars.

In the two days that followed, the CDUP-UP prepared a visit to the Douro vineyard and, with the collaboration of the sports services of the University of Minho (U.Minho) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), a visit to the sports facilities of both the Universities and to the cities of Braga, Guimarães and Vila Real.

The director of the U.Minho sports department, Fernando Parente, guided the Hochschulsport Hamburg staff through the university’s facilities, preparing a little surprise by taking them to visit the City of Football.

In Vila Real, Elsa Justino, administrator of the Social Services of UTAD, and João Ribeiro, director of the sports department, greeted the CDUP-UP and Hamburg representatives and guided them through the facilities of Active Gym / UTAD.

The week ended with brief presentations about some CDUP-UP good practice programs.

U.Porto, through the CDUP-UP, UTAD and U.Minho are part of ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services), a network of more than 120 members, contributing to the internationalization of the institutions and their sports services.

University Summer Challenge

As spring begins, let’s start to prepare for the summer!

Vilnius University’s Health and Sport Centre would like to share a unique opportunity with you to maintain and boost physical activity within your University’s community during this summer!

Join the University Summer Challenge! It’s a challenge that is accepted by hundreds of Lithuanian and European university students and employees.

The aim of the project is to increase physical activity within academic communities in universities by challenging them into associating their academic world with active lifestyle and physical activity with fun.

University Summer Challenge provides means for community members from different universities to register their physical activity (type, intensity and duration) on a website during the summer.

The registration window starts on 1 June and finishes on 31 August. The project focuses on the social snow-ball effect idea that results bring more results, in other words: competing with oneself, one’s teammates (students, professors, administration, etc.) and one’s rivals motivates and unites the competitors for the common goal of a healthy life-style!

More about the project and how to participate can be found here.

Vilnius University Health and Sport Centre invites you to take this challenge and become stronger together!

To indicate your interest in joining the challenge, email dominyka.rizgelyte@ssc.vu.lt before 6 April.

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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Just fill out the form below to let us know how you can help!

GAME Project kickstarted in Limassol, Cyprus

The very first meeting of the GAME project, a 3-year project financed through the Erasmus + Sport Chapter took place in Limassol, Cyprus on 9 March 2018. ENAS, full partner of the project, was digitally represented during the meeting to hear about the first steps and more concrete roles of all partner organisations.

The overall aim of the GAME project is to develop a so-called anti-doping ‘serious game’. A serious game is a game designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. In the anti-doping context, this game will be the very first educational intervention that promotes a clearly positive approach to doping prevention among 16 to 25 year olds.

The GAME project consortium includes representatives from 6 organisations:

  • Project leader: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (Greece)
    Role: Project Management; Dissemination, communication, and exploitation strategy; Development of the GAME
  • Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (United Kingdom)
    Role: Development of design protocols for the GAME; Implementation and evaluation of the GAME
  • Lithuanian Sport University, Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Role: Quality control and impact evaluation; Recommendations for Policy and Practice
  • National Academy of Physical Education and Sport, Bucharest (Romania)
    Role: Stakeholder Awareness Program
  • YMCA Greece
    Role: Stakeholder engagement, Support Development; Support Implementation, Support Dissemination
  • European Network of Academic Sports Services
    Role: Stakeholder engagement, Support Development; Support Implementation, Support Dissemination

 

Together, this diverse group of partners hope to close the gap in anti-doping education. An extensive literature study has shown that most anti-doping educational interventions are founded on instigating fear. Instead, anti-doping education should be based on state-of-art learning pedagogies and new technologies. It should be focused on changing mindsets, intentions and behaviours towards doping use by reducing the risk factors and promoting the protective factors against doping.  There are currently no known anti-doping educational interventions that promote a positive approach to doping prevention. The GAME project will change this and will incorporate such positive approach with new learning technologies by developing a serious game that increases awareness among young people.

ENAS is very excited to be a part of this project, facilitating doping-prevention as a mission also for University sport by providing great tools to raise awareness also in your institution.

Updates on progress will be provided throughout the project duration.

For more information on the GAME Project, click here.

Successful ENAS Experience in Braga

Between 26 February and 1 March, the University of Minho hosted the ENAS Experience themed ‘Event Management: What can we learn from organising large scale events and championships?’ as part of the 2018 Braga City of Sports programme. Over the 3 days of the event, 62 delegates from 28 organisations and 10 different countries were welcomed to a highly engaging and interesting event with a good mix of social and professional content bringing together a very unique group of event managers from all over Europe.

ENAS experience just started in Braga!Staff Training"Event Management: What can we learn from organising large scale events and championship"

Geplaatst door ENAS (European Network of Academic Sports Services) op dinsdag 27 februari 2018

 

The programme included presentations from key organisations involved in the attribution of large scale events: FISU and EUSA. Besides these informative presentations the event drew on extensive experience in event management from the delegates and several Universities that presented their programme as a best practice including the Unversity of Birmingham, University of Lodz, University of Coimbra, University of Malaga and Surf Club de Viana. The event was concluded with an interactive session on the ins and outs of hosting large events with key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats being identified in a SWOT analysis.

Key strengths your universities could have in hosting large scale international events, as identified by the group, were ‘access to experienced staff’, ‘extensive facilities’ and ‘proximity of venues and accommodation’. As key weaknesses the group identified ‘lacking support and/or financial resources’, ‘insufficiently experienced staff/volunteers’ and ‘lacking facilities’. Key opportunities include: ‘building stakeholder/eternal relationships’, ‘facility development and/or investment’ and ‘staff development’. And finally as key threats, the following elements were listed: ‘lack of participation’, ‘deadlines development and project management not met’ and ‘lack of stakeholder buy-in’.

We hope to see an even larger number of participants join the next ENAS Experience taking place in Tralee between 16 and 19 April 2018. You can find more information here.

 

First EC Meeting of 2018

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The first meeting of our new Executive Committee took place in Vilnius, Lithuania recently.

From the 22-24 January, Vilnius University (VU) hosted our representatives who attended from such countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Italy.

The EC hold various meetings throughout Europe and this was the first gathering of 2018. In the meeting, the strategy and objectives of ENAS for 2018-2021 were discussed along with organisational elements of the next forum in Nijmegen.

High on the agenda for the meeting: development of the 2018 action plan.

There was also an opportunity for the ENAS EC to speak with the Rector of the university, Arturas Žukauskas, to discuss with him the activities of ENAS and a possible partnership.

If you’d like a topic brought to the EC, please contact communications@enas-sport.net.

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

Wuppertal honored as "University of the Year"

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The University of Wuppertal, winners of the ENAS Award in 2016, was recently announced as the University of the Year by the German National University Sport Federation (ADH).

Wuppertal were selected because of their enormous level of engagement in many different fields within the university sport sector.

They organized several sport competitions at National level as well as the most important educational conference in Germany for university sport. As well as this, Kathrin Bührmann and her team developed a modern, wide spread and always innovative sports program despite their lack of on-campus sports facilities.

“I am very proud that we were honored as a smaller university without our own large sports facilities for our inventiveness, our courage and our great commitment,” said Katrin Bührmann, director of Wuppertal University Sports and thanked both her team and the university management for their support.

Congratulations from all of the ENAS family!