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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
From the 23rd to the 27th of October, Hochschulsport Hamburg (University Sport Service Hamburg) was happy to host its first Staff Exchange and welcomed four colleagues of the University Sport Service at the University of Porto (Centro de Desporto da Universidade do Porto).
This exchange intended to contribute to the Internationalization Strategy of the University of Hamburg and for University Sport Service to grow in this field of interaction itself. The main goal was to talk about different experiences and exchange knowledge about work and common or different structures in both organizations.
The visitors were Bruno Almeida, Director of the University Sport Service of Porto (Head of CDUP-UP, Centro De Desporto, Universidade do Porto), Miguel Monteiro, UPFIT coordinator and sports facility manager, Daniela Viera, coordinator for competitive sports and sports facility manager and Catarina Sampaio, in charge of marketing and public relations.
The schedule was tight: Apart from getting to know the team of University Sport Service, the visitors got to see a little bit of the city. Everything started with a tour around the campus, followed by a presentation of the daily routine of the team and the used programs. Colleagues of the University of Hamburg and the University Sports Service of Porto had the chance to have several one on one conversations about the work itself, problems and general procedures.
Other than that, the Portuguese were able to look at the sports park, the three gyms, the rowing boathouse and the sailing club of University Sport Service. On the last day, everybody was able to get active together at the Indoor Beach Volleyball Center. At the final evening special guest, Dr. Torsten Szobries (International Department of the University of Hamburg) attended the event and presented the University of Hamburg and its extensive exchange programs. Afterwards, Bruno Almeida introduced the audience to the University of Porto with a presentation and short films.
We’ve not only learned that the days of the week are called 2a feira (Monday), 3a feira (Tuesday), etc., so the week starts with Sunday and no other day then Saturday has its own name. We were able to see that both organizations face similar challenges and very different ones as well. Most of those differences conclude through national circumstances, structures and the interaction between organization and university.
Sport is something that brings people together, activates and mobilizes them. It could play a very important role in external representation of universities and is a place for learning lifelong lasting skills. Simultaneously it can be used as a platform for conversations on further levels than just sports. This has been proved during our Staff Exchange.
Overall, this exchange was a great success, including many intense discussions, getting to know a lot of people and doing fun things in Hamburg. Hamburg’s team is very excited to be visiting Porto in the spring of 2018, but as well, is looking forward to similar exchanges with other ENAS member institutions in the future.
Adeus, até logo!
By Jörg Förster
Some more photos from Bruno and Jörg: