The 2017 ENAS Forum in Trondheim has come and gone and we hope that everybody has had a wonderful week.
Including all of our local representatives, sponsors and speakers, we had a total of 165 delegates. In that number, we had 75 organisations and 20 nations represented.
From sponsorship to research to major events, we had some wonderful speakers in our sessions this year.
Following a fun and informative pre-event, we started off the forum with an opening dinner in the Salvskinnet Café during which we paid tribute to our new honorary members while also welcoming the new member institutions.
Plaques were presented to Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Sport Campus Avignon, University of Goettingen, University of Coimbra, Simon Fraser University, Student Sports Netherlands and Swedish University Sports Federation during the dinner while other new members Vytautas Magnus University, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and British Universities and Colleges Sport were not present.
The first session entitled ‘From research to re-invention’ took place on Wednesday morning and we had Jayne Wilson (Sheffield Hallam University) and Arne Göring (University of Goettingen).
Jayne gave an interesting presentation on the value of sports for developing career and life skills and the income gap between those who did participate in recreation in University compared to those who did not.
She was then followed by Arne Göring who gave insight into the educational potential of sport and the positive results achieved in research so far.
Wednesday’s second session was focused on maximising your income as an institution, entitled ‘Impact, Value and Legacy’.
The first speaker was Sara Liebscher (Director of Athletics Advancement, Notre Dame University) who spoke about fundraising through different methods and target markets.
— Michelle Tanner (@sporttanner) November 15, 2017
Guri Hetland (Manager of the Trondheim 2023 Bid) then shared her knowledge on planning and hosting major events.
The final speaker in Session 2 was ASVZ’s Lorenz Ursprung who shared his knowledge on University sports as a sellable product.
For Wednesday’s afternoon session, ENAS was joined by Michael Pedersen of M. Inc who turned all of our delegates into secret agents.
Throughout the session, our delegates who were set in the year of 2022 undertook various tasks against the clock.
Throughout the rest of the evening, delegates took part in the Asbjörn Cup and the winners were announced during dinner in the student Samfundet.
It was back to business on Thursday morning for Session 4: ‘Utilising the Research’, during which we had Dutch and Irish delegates speaking.
Marije Deutekom and Vera Dekkers from University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam presented studies conducted in the Netherlands on the relationship between sports and the results of students.
— Michelle Tanner (@sporttanner) November 16, 2017
Also speaking in Session 4 was Niamh O’Callaghan from Dublin Institute of Technology who presented the results of a Student Sport Ireland survey based around participation in sport.
The fifth and final session took place immediately after.
Paola Ottonello, European Commission, made a presentation about Erasmus+ and the EU Week of Sport before she was rushed away to the airport.
We were then re-joined by Michael Pedersen who shared his expertise on Stakeholder Engagement.
— ENAS (@ENAS_sport) November 16, 2017
Presentations for the ENAS Award 2017 was next on the agenda with the University of Turku, Maastricht University and University of Leicester competing for the prize.
After lunch, we had the announcement of next year’s venue so keep an eye out for more information on Nijmegen 2018 and the General Assembly which you can read more about in this newsletter.
Thank you once more to our sponsors, delegates, Trondheim organisers and hotel for a wonderful week for Forum 2017.