The Sport and Academic Talent Integration through Exchange Programmes in Hockey (STICK) project aims to design a sports and academic exchange programme in hopes of helping elite and high performance athletes to participate in Erasmus without jeopardizing their sports career.
It is funded by the European Commission through its Erasmus+ SPORT action.
The project was originally proposed by the Atlètic Terrassa Club and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and was selected in the 2017 call of the SPORT action as part of the Erasmus+ programme. It was one of 160 selected from 370 proposals, with an excellent score of 87/100.
The project will be conducted by a total of 10 institutions from 5 European countries where field hockey is a prominent sport, with one hockey club and university per country. These are: Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club, coordinator and promotor of the project, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on behalf of Catalonia; Belgium, with the participation of KHC Dragons and the University of Antwerp; the Netherlands, with Rotterdam HC and the Erasmus University Rotterdam; England, with Beeston HC and Nottingham Trent University; and finally Ireland, with Pembroke Wanderers and the Dublin City University.
Currently, European university students must develop not only academic knowledge, but also the skills and competences needed to succeed in a highly globalised labour market. Today, language and intercultural skills and competences are basic and they are the reason why the European Commission gives support to mobility programmes which facilitate enrolling in studies abroad.
Amateur elite athletes are not immune to this reality. They must dedicate themselves to two careers and perform at maximum levels in both: academically and athletically. If they want to remain at the top level they must work hard at their training and in competitions. At the same time, they must excel academically given that their professional future will not depend on the sports they play, but on their studies and professional aptitudes.
Too often, students are forced to give up the experience of studying abroad, due to their rigorous training programme. Others decide to focus more on their studies and stop training in order to be able to live an international year abroad. Yet others choose to train abroad, but leave their studies aside because there is no university in the vicinity offering an Erasmus programme compatible with their home university. Moreover, many clubs and federations lose talented athletes who compete at high levels.
Those behind the STICK project see there is a need for universities and clubs to work together to make it possible for elite athletes not to have to choose between an academic career and their athletic training and be able to combine both things.
The two year project is initially focused on field hockey as a pilot sport, but the final objective is to make this academic-athletic mobility model applicable to all sports. In the long term, the European Commission is expected to implement this specific mobility scheme for elite and high performance athletes into future programmes.
On March 28, fan data and experience experts Sportego held their annual conference in Dublin under the theme of fan engagement.
ENAS were represented at the event which featured speakers ranging from media and marketing officials from top football and rugby clubs to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialists.
Some of the topics of conversation throughout the day were:
- A look at what is coming in sport and engagement
- Is OTT the future of sport viewing consumption?
- Data, capturing insights and the importance of GDPR…for dummies
- Social media for sportspeople
- Staying relevant
— ENAS (@ENAS_sport) March 28, 2018
Throughout the day, the speakers gave key pieces of advice and insights on how to both build your audience while keeping your current following engaged.
The current social media and technology explosion means that every hour is a working hour for businesses and organisations that hold a presence online.
A key way of doing this is to find an angle, tell it your way and if possible, appeal to the personalities of today’s society.
If you would like further information on the speakers or schedule from the day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com before 6 April.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.