ENAS Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year’s ENAS Award has been announced (see below). The annual award celebrates innovative projects and effort made by ENAS members within their institution.

ENAS Award Shortlist

University College Dublin (Ireland) – ‘Student’s helping Students’

University of Potsdam (Germany) – CleanUp

Tilburg University (Netherlands) – ‘Tilburg University Vitality’

Each of the nominated universities will be given the opportunity to present their award at the ENAS Forum & Assembly in Nijmegen. All delegates will receive one vote, made through the Evenium application.

The award presentations will be taking place on Wednesday 14 November between 15:00 and 16:00 in Radboud University.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted universities and we look forward to seeing the presentations.

63rd ENAS EC meeting takes place

Between 18 and 20 September 2018, the ENAS Executive Committee (EC) was invited to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for the 63rd EC meeting.

The ENAS EC met with Prof. António Fontainhas Fernandes, Rector of the University, and Dr. Elsa Justino, University Administrator for the Social Services Department, to underline the importance of continuous development of, and investment in, University sport as an essential part of campus life.

The Rector, from his side, highlighted the importance of an integrated approach to sport and physical activity in the University context linking with Academia and Research while developing an active campus life.

Topics on the agenda of the EC meeting included the preparations of the ENAS General Assembly in Nijmegen, the organisation of the Forum in Nijmegen and planning for new projects in 2019 including two ENAS Experiences and a transatlantic visit allowing ENAS members to explore University sport in the US.

Information on all new projects and initiatives is aimed to be made available directly after the Forum in Nijmegen. The EC is vary thankful to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for their hospitality as host of the EC meeting.

The EC also attended the 10th edition of the University of Porto Sports Gala organised in Porto. Various prizes were awarded to students and staff for their great achievements in sport in 2018. ENAS President, Mel Parker, handed out the prize for best coach.

Are you interested in hosting our next meeting? Find more info here or get in touch with Margo (margo@enas-sport.net).

Why fitness brands matter - Core H&F

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Running a fitness facility can be a complicated endeavour. There are countless subjective decisions to be made every day, whether you’re opening, redesigning, or expanding your business. It can be difficult to make the right choices for your facility in every category, from flooring to hiring. By the time you’re ready to pick out equipment, a treadmill is a treadmill. A stepper looks like any other stepper. You may be over budget, in need of a vacation, or just ready to get this place moving. Your members won’t know the difference anyway. Any brand will be fine.

But that isn’t true. Members do know the difference, and they have opinions! The belief that a treadmill is a treadmill is only true if nothing else matters beyond pricing and specs – the ‘table-stakes’. There are additional elements of value, however, that make a difference to both business owners and members. Brands add functional value to a facility, driving economic and performance value. In a study of gym members by Life Decisions AAU in February 2018, StairMaster, known for its gruelling stepper and complete line of HIIT products, was rated the #1 Name in Cardio. Members attributed StairMaster with reliability, quick results, reputability, and high quality products. When compared with other top-name fitness brands, StairMaster had been used more than 15% more than its competitors, with more than 60% having ever used a StairMaster product – 40% within the last three months. Members know the value of a good brand, and it matters to them which brands their facility has.

Supplying members with a brand they know and trust makes doing business easier. The right brands bring relationships, deliver information, and create connection. Buyers must consider the productivity, ease of access, and the relationship that a brand offers, as these qualities interface with members more often than one may realize. Star Trac, with its OpenHub Console, offers members the ability to connect with any app, any way they choose, and makes accessing their workout data simple and convenient. In a study of nearly 7,000 gym members, Star Trac was rated the top brand for tracking, and #1 known among cardio enthusiasts. When your members trust that you’re providing them with the best brands on the market, doing business becomes easier.

Beyond the business level, fitness facilities create individual value. Members are often on a fitness journey, not simply putting in minimal effort for minimal results. The fitness industry is growing exponentially, with former beginners now ready to take on a career and network with other fitness professionals. They want to grow, develop, and have fun. They want to use aesthetically pleasing products that make them feel good about themselves and reduce their anxiety. Schwinn Indoor Cycling, with its 2018 release of the new AC and SC Power bikes and world class Education Program, epitomizes these values. Members know the Schwinn name 43% more than any other indoor cycling brand – 71% overall.  Nearly half of all gym members have used Schwinn branded products, double half of its nearest competitor. Schwinn’s close knit community, stylish bike designs, and reputable instructor certification training make it the #1 brand that members are proud to use, the top brand for high quality, reliable products, and the brand that makes products most fun to use. This kind of member experience cannot be duplicated. Schwinn’s market dominance is undeniable, and members know that when they ride a Schwinn Indoor Cycling bike, they are part of something special.

Brands have inspirational value. They create emotion, elicit nostalgia, and offer hope. Just as facility owners have vision for their business, members have vision for their future. Whether training for a powerlifting competition to be the strongest they’ve ever been, or working to replace fat with muscle in order to lose enough weight to become healthy and see their children grow up, the inspirational value that fitness brands add cannot be ignored. Nautilus, the First Name in Strength, allows members to reach these goals and countless others. Nautilus continues to be the most well-known brand in strength and the #3 brand in overall consumer awareness, behind only StairMaster and Schwinn. Nearly 50% of those who regularly strength train have used Nautilus, further contributing to the Nautilus dynasty.

Members searching for more from their fitness facility don’t care about specs. They care about innovation, commitment, reputational assurance, and vision, and they need facility owners to care about these things in order to make their fitness experience valuable. In order to add value to the bottom line of the business, it’s necessary to rise above table-stakes and invest in brands that will create value in your members’ lives.

Forum Speakers Announced

ENAS and our hosts in Nijmegen are delighted to announce the first confirmed speakers for the 21st ENAS Forum and Assembly in November.

Brothers Patrick and Milan Van Der Meulen will be the keynote speakers for the first session of the Forum.

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?

Register now, get inspired and join us to become lean, mean and green in 2018!

For all the information on the Forum and Assembly, click here.

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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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.