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EUSA Newsletter 11-2022, ISSN 1855-4571

EUSA Executive Committee meets in Istanbul

The second Executive Committee meeting of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) in 2022 was held in the Turkish historic and economic hub Istanbul on October 14 and 15, hosted by the Turkish University Sports Federation (TUSF).

Members of the Executive Committee, representative of the Auditors and EUSA Staff were welcomed in Istanbul by TUSF President Mr Mehmet Gunay and Marketing Consultant Mr Suleyman Kocasert.

EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek started the meeting, thanking the local hosts and greeting all the participants of the meeting. The meeting started with a general overview of activities and office report, presented by EUSA Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik. He highlighted the main achievements of the organisation in the past period this summer, especially the successful organisation of the European Universities Games Lodz 2022 and the European Universities Rowing Championship Istanbul 2022.

The European Universities Games Lodz 2022 (EUG2022) were then presented in more details also by the EUSA Sports Manager Mr Miha Zvan. The impressive event attracted 4459 participants, representing 422 universities from 38 countries, coming together to compete in 20 sports and enjoy educational and cultural programme.

The EUG2022 were co-hosted by the Lodz University of Technology, University Sports Association of Poland (AZS) and City of Lodz, in cooperation with the EUSA Institute and several partners, including the Ministry of Education and Science, national and local tourism organisations, Polish Olympic Committee, national and local sports organisation, media outlets and is also supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Representatives of the Organising Committee – Mr Dominik Lezanski and Ms Iwona Neroj presented the final report of the Games. They highlighted the main achievements, successes and legacy, as well as challenges and recommendations for future events.

Special achievement was also the support of EUSA and Club od Donors, who – in cooperation with the local Organising Committee – supported 285 participants from Ukraine who took part in 16 sports.

Also the second EUSA-licensed sports event in 2022 was presented – the European Universities Rowing Championship, presented by Assistant Sport Manager Mr Mariano Carcatella. The event welcomed 534 participants, representing 71 universities from 16 countries. 20 races in all boat classes were held, from single sculls to eights.

Looking ahead, the upcoming season of the European Universities Championship 2023 was discussed. Next year, Championships will be organised in 20 sports, and will be hosted in 15 cities all across Europe. As a novelty, EUSA will launch the European Universities Winter Sports Championship. The first edition is proposed to be held in mid December 2023. Details will be discussed in the following months, and presented to the EUSA members and made publicly available as well.

Besides the 2023 Championships, also the next editions of the European Universities Games were discussed; namely the 2024 edition Debrecen-Miskolc in Hungary, and the 2026 edition Salerno in Italy. EUSA Executive Committee also opened the bidding procedure for the 2028 edition of the European Universities Games. Interested parties should contact the EUSA Office; deadline to submit the letters of intention is set to end of September 2023, and the event is planned to be attributed in spring 2024.

The events under the EUSA Patronage in the current year were presented as well, with the European Open University Powerlifting Cup in May (Hamm, LUX), International Rowing Regatta Sveti Duje in May (Split, CRO), SELL Games in May (Riga, LAT), Friendship Games in June (Eilat, ISR) - and coming up International Student Christmas Tournament in December (Dubrovnik, CRO).

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) will organise in 2022 and 2023 two World University Cups where EUSA sporting events acts as qualifiers – the FISU World University Cup in 3x3 Basketball – to be held October 27-29 in Istanbul (TUR) and Football – to be held in 2023 in Jinjiang (CHN). Based on the results and achievements at the European Universities Games 2022, European university teams qualified for these events in 2022/2023.

Projects supported by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) were presented by EUSA Secretary General and those supported by the European Union were presented by EUSA Communications and Projects Manager Mr Andrej Pisl. EUSA, through its Institute, is currently leading the Inclusion in Sport (iSport) project, and co-funding has also been received for the last edition of the European Universities Games, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. EUSA Institute is also a partner on several other Erasmus+ projects, on the topics of dual career: Brand Value Alignment through Dual Career (BRAVA), Micro Learning Entrepreneurship for Athletes (MLEA); good governance: (Uni)ted forces to support the education of (Uni)versity sport comm(Uni)ty (Uni4S), Be(ach) Volunteer, Be(ach) Fair! (VolFair), Youth Integrity Ambassador Program (YIAP); social inclusion and equal opportunities: Promoting Gender Equality in Sports (PROGRES), Innovating Football Leadership: Inclusion through Policy and Practice (iFlipp); sustainability: Green Sports Hub Europe (GSHE); volunteering: Work for a cause, serve for sport (W4C), Future volunteers - Key to success is Generation Z (K2S-GenZ); Erasmus+ Internship and European Solidarity Corps. EUSA was also one of the invited organisations to nominate youth delegates and ambassadors for the Healthy Lifestyle For All initiative and Youth Ideas Labs, which were launched in the European Year of Youth at the occasion of the EU Sport Forum in June, and concluded with six recommendations at the occasion of the opening of the European Week of Sport in September.

The educational events and meetings were presented by EUSA Education and Development Manager Ms Sara Rozman. Apart from educational events during the European Universities Games, EUSA hosted a successful Convention in September, targeting organisers of the European Universities Championships 2023 and Technical Commission. The event was also used to celebrate the European Week of Sport with #BeActive and #HealthyLifestyle4All campaigns by the European Commission, as well as the International Day of University Sport with the #LetsIDUS campaign, initiated by FISU. The members also confirmed the dates and locations of the upcoming events: EUSA webinar for members (online: December 1, 2022), EUSA-FISU Seminar (Val Di Zoldo, ITA: March 23-26, 2023) and General Assembly with EUSA-FISU Strategic Dialogue (Kusadasi/Aydin, TUR: October 12-15, 2023).

Reports from EUSA member federations, FISU and continental federations, as well as partner and other organisations were also presented before the Chairs and Secretaries of the Student Commission, Inclusion and Diversity Commission, and Education Commission shared their reports.

EUSA Executive Committee members also confirmed adaptations to the EUSA events regulations, and fees adjustments. EUSA Treasurer Mr Francis Cirianni presented the treasurer report and interim budget realisation for the current year.

The participants also enjoyed innovative sporting activities, sightseeing tours, as well as local culinary specialties, reflecting the traditional hospitality and variety of Istanbul and Turkiye.

National University Sports Associations - EUSA members will receive more information about key decisions and opportunities in the following days. EUSA would like to thank the Turkish University Sports Federation for the hospitality and hosting the meeting. Organisation of the meeting was also supported by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

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European Universities Sport events 2022
03 October 2022

EUSA flagship events such as the European Universities Games in Lodz and the EUSA Rowing Championship in Istanbul as well as EUSA’s patronage sport events, were events that wrapped up the successful days before the recent start of the new academic year.

EUSA Winter Championships discussed
06 October 2022

On 5 of October, the European University Sports Association held a meeting in Ljubljana with representatives of CUS Venezia to explore the possibility of adding EUSA Winter Championships to EUSA Sports Programme in 2023.

GSHE October meeting on sustainability
10 October 2022

A scheduled Green Sports Hub Europe (GSHE) partners online meeting was held on October 7, reviewing the work, plans, changes, and preparing for the in-person meeting coming up in a month.

EUSA signs a sponsorship agreement with Orka Holding
14 October 2022

At the occasion of the EUSA Executive Committee meeting, which is taking place in Istanbul these days, European University Sports Association and Orka Holding signed a sponsorship agreement, naming the company the official clothing supplier for a 2-year period.

iSport project partners meet in Arnhem
15 October 2022

On 14 of October, the partners of the Inclusion in Sport (iSport) Erasmus+ project gathered for another partner’s meeting, this time in Arnhem, the Netherlands at the Papendal Olympic Training Centre.

Celebrating #ErasmusDays 2022
16 October 2022

Celebrations of this year’s edition of the #ErasmusDays happened this week, taking place from 13 to 15 of October, throughout Europe, with the European University Sports Association and EUSA Institute also joining the commemoration.

European Sport Platform 2022 held in Arnhem
17 October 2022

The 5th edition of the European Sport Platform (ESP2022) was held on October 14 - 15 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The event was organised by the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) and hosted by the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation in the Olympic Training Centre Papendal, under the theme Inclusive Paradox.

Split getting ready for 2023 EUSA events
19 October 2022

The Croatian City of Split will be the host of next year’s European Universities Futsal Championship, EUSA Executive Committee Meeting and International Rowing Regatta Sv. Duje, organized under EUSA Patronage.

2022 update on the importance of physical activity by WHO and EU
19 October 2022

The Global status report on physical activity 2022, published today by the World Health Organization (WHO), measures the extent to which governments are implementing recommendations to increase physical activity across all ages and abilities.

European Universities Games 2028 Bidding opened
20 October 2022

We are proud to announce the start of the bidding procedure for the 2028 European Universities Games.

ADH Electoral General Assembly and Gala held in Berlin
22 October 2022

On October 16 and 17, members of the German University Sports Federation (ADH) met in Berlin for its 117th General Assembly to review the past year, elect the new board and make plans for the future. Delegates from the more than 200 member universities looked back on numerous positive developments as well as current challenges.

Malaga to host EUSA Beach Sports 2023
24 October 2022

The city of Malaga, Spain, will host the European Universities Beach Sports Championship in 2023. The event will take place in September, from 19-24 for Beach Volleyball and from 20-23 for Beach Handball.

W4C partners meet before the final volunteering conference
26 October 2022

Partners of the Erasmus+ project Work for a cause, serve for sport (W4C) met online on October 25, reviewing project materials and resources, and focusing on the preparation for the project final conference on volunteering, which will be held in Croatian capital on December 3, 2022.

MLEA partners meet in Belgrade
28 October 2022

Partners of the Micro Learning Entrepreneurship for Athletes (MLEA) project met in Belgrade on October 27, working on educational material, targeting current and former athletes as well as sports professionals and introducing them the basics of business management and entrepreneurship.

FISU Section
FISU Section
FISU starts the academic year with a Dual Career Webinar
04 October 2022

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) organised on online webinar on the topic of Dual Career on October 4, following the start of the new academic season 2022-23.

FISU America Games conclude in Merida
29 October 2022

The continental university sport event in the Americas – the FISU America Games – were held in Merida, Mexico between October 15 and 25, featuring over 1000 participants from 12 countries, competing in 11 sports.

Important Dates Coming Up
November 17  

International Students' Day

December 1  

EUSA Webinar on European Universities Championships 2023

December 5  

International Volunteer Day

December 10  

International Human Rights Day

December 15-
December 18

International Student Christmas Tournament
Dubrovnik, Croatia

What's up! - Student Column
What's up! - Student Column

Relaunching EUSA Insider

whatsup-november With the start of the new academic season 2022-23 across Europe and following the very successful European Universities Games 2022, we are excited to announce within our monthly student column the relaunch of the popular EUSA Insider series.

As we begin the countdown to the start of registration for next year’s season of European Universities Championships, we will feature student-athletes, volunteers and organisers of university sport events. Their personal experiences and views on university sport will be shared through EUSA Insider posts, published in a dedicated section on the EUSA website and shared on social media.

The first post in the newest series is on Maja, 3x3 Basketball player from Slovenia, who qualified for the FISU 3x3 World Cup Istanbul 2022 through the European Universities Games Lodz 2022.

Are you a student with an opinion? We are looking for new contributors for our student column every month. Feel free to contact to offer a piece or propose a topic.



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