Newsletter European University Sports Association

EUSA Newsletter 07-2022, ISSN 1855-4571

Less than 3 weeks until the European Universities Games 2022 in Lodz

Three weeks ago, through the short preview event in Manufaktura Lodz, local participants got a small glimpse of what can be expected at the European Universities Games between July 17-30 in the third biggest city in Poland. In less than three weeks from now, the main part of the long-awaited event is coming up!

This year’s edition of the European Universities Games has its start planed with a grand opening ceremony on the evening of July 17. Among the invited special guests are, the President of the Republic of Poland, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, President of Łódź, Rector of the Lodz University of Technology, President of Polish Academic Sports Association, President of EUSA and event ambassadors such as Marcin Gortat, Euzebiusz Smolarek, Adam Kszczot and Kajetan Duszyński.

The ceremony will take place in the largest sports and entertainment hall in Łódź, Atlas Arena. It will start on Sunday 17 July at 21:00. The event is free of charge, and all participants who will arrive to the event in time for the Opening ceremony, will be able to witness it. The event is also available for spectators, also free of charge, with registration and tickets.

The expected numbers of this great sport event organized through the hard work of the Organising committee and their partners, European University Sports Association (EUSA) and its Institute is over 4500 participants, representing over 400 European universities from 38 countries, that will come to Lodz, compete and help create another great EUG story.

European Universities Games will offer, besides sport and grand dose of competitive spirit,  an educational, cultural and social program and various workshops. The Rectors’ Conference that was planned to be held from 15-17 of July, has been cancelled, but the conferences on the topics of Volunteering and Dual Career will be held on July 18 and 19. Workshops on the topic of volunteerism, inclusion, healthy lifestyle, sustainability, social skills and leadership will be open for attendance. These workshops are going to be available for different types of participants, including athletes, officials, volunteers, National University Sport Association (NUSA) members, university representatives and other interested members of the public.

All participating teams are also reminded to check their registration status, and submit their individual entry forms and travel plans, if this has not yet been done.

The European Universities Games in Lodz are being organised under the licence of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) 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.

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Registration for European Universities Rowing Championship extended
02 June 2022

The registration for the European Universities Rowing Championship Istanbul 2022 has been extended, and will be open until July 1.

W4C event in Zagreb promoting volunteering
07 June 2022

The City of Zagreb as the coordinator of the project Work for a cause, serve for sport (W4C) organised on June 4 and 5 in Zagreb, a project activity, promoting volunteering.

iSport meeting on developing resouces
08 June 2022

On Tuesday, 7 of June, partners of the Inclusion in Sport (iSport) project met online for an update on recent activities and working tasks, carried out within the collaborative initiative, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

WFDF visits EUSA in Ljubljana
09 June 2022

The European University Sports Association (EUSA) was pleased to welcome and meet two representatives from the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) for a one-day meeting at the EUSA Office in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Tuesday, 7 of June.

Save the date: EUSA Convention and EUSA-FISU Seminar 2022
10 June 2022

The European University Sports Association (EUSA) is announcing the dates of the EUSA Convention and EUSA-FISU Seminar and invites you to save the date, marking the events on your calendars and start planning your attendance.

Youth Games in Lodz ahead of the EUG2022
11 June 2022

Sports tournaments for children and teens in the most popular disciplines with prizes and many other family-friendly activities - this is what this weekend in Manufaktura Lodz looks like. The three-day event (June 10-12) is a preview of what awaits us in just a few weeks at the European Universities Games 2022.

EPAS celebrates 15th anniversary in Strasbourg
14 June 2022

The annual meeting of the EPAS Governing Board and meeting of the EPAS Consultative Committee was held in Strasbourg on June 13 and 14, 2022 – marking also the 15th anniversary of EPAS – Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, a body of the Council of Europe (COE).

Uni4s meeting in Delft and The Hague
15 June 2022

On the 10th and 11th of June, Uni4s project partners gathered for a meeting in Delft and The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting was hosted by project partner Student Sport Netherlands on the occasion of the biggest annual multi-sport event for students (GNSK) which took place in Delft and The Hague.

MLEA project partners meet in Sarajevo
16 June 2022

The Micro Learning Entrepreneurship for Athletes (MLEA) project partners met on 14th of June, for a one day hybrid transnational meeting in Sarajevo, hosted by the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2022 European Week of Sport Seminar
16 June 2022

Representatives of the national coordinating bodies and partners of the European Week of Sport and the #beactive campaign met in Lille, France on June 15 for the Key Players' Seminar, linked also to the EU Sport Forum coming up. European University Sports Association (EUSA) was also represented at the event by Mr Andrej Pisl, EUSA Communications and Projects Manager.

Green Sports Hub Europe partners meet in Brussels
17 June 2022

On June 15 and 16, partners of the Green Sports Hub Europe (GSHE) project gathered in Brussels in-person, with some participants also joining online. The hybrid project meeting was hosted by the project partner Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable Resource management (ACR+).

EU Sport Forum 2022 held in Lille
20 June 2022

The European Commission, in cooperation with the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, hosted the 2022 edition of the EU Sport Forum on June 16 and 17 in Lille, France. European University Sports Association (EUSA) and its Institute were represented at the event as well.

W4C promotes volunteering in Slovenia
20 June 2022

On June 19, Slovenian partners of the Work for a Cause, Serve for Sport (W4C) project met in Novo mesto, to promote the project and volunteering in general.

Youth Integrity Ambassador Program underway
21 June 2022

On June 20, a meeting of the Youth Integrity Ambassador Program (YIAP) took place online, marking the start of the project, supported by Erasmus+ programme in the field of youth, focusing on volunteering and good governance.

EUSA-EUG2024 meeting in Budapest
22 June 2022

Representatives of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and those from the Organising Committee of the European Universities Games Debrecen-Miskolc 2024 (EUG2024) met in the Hungarian capital Budapest on June 21.

XXV. International Student Christmas Tournament in Dubrovnik
22 June 2022

The XXV. International Student Christmas Tournament also known as the “Vedran Jelavic Memorial Tournament" will take place from 15-18 December , 2022 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Successful 15th edition of the Friendship Games
30 June 2022

The 15th Friendship Games have been concluded. This edition of the event took place in Eilat, a Red Sea resort from 8-15 of June, hosted by the Tel Aviv University Sports Club and ASA Israel.

EUSA Convention and EUSA-FISU Seminar 2022 coming in September
30 June 2022

European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the EUSA Institute are happy to share the details of the EUSA Convention and EUSA-FISU Seminar 2022, which will be organised in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia between September 23 and 25, 2022.

FISU Section
FISU Section
FISU America Forum held in Colombia
06 June 2022

On June 1-3, the 4th edition of FISU America Forum took place in Cali, Colombia. The event was attended by more than 250 virtual and face-to-face attendees. Over the period of the event, 41 different speakers addressed the participants, focusing on the overarching theme University Sports for All.

10th FASU University Games concluded
13 June 2022

University student athletes from all over Africa gathered in the East African city of Nairobi, in Kenya for the 10th FASU (Federation of Africa University Sports) Games, which took place at Kenyatta University from 6th to 10th June, after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

FVLA 2022 started
24 June 2022

The first part of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy and Student Ambassadors Programme (FVLA) was held online on June 17, gathering students from all over the world and introducing them to the International University Sports Federation (FISU), leadership and volunteers management.

FISU Executive Committee meeting held in Brasilia
29 June 2022

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) held their meeting of the Executive Committee on the 24 and 25th of June, in Brasilia, hosted by the Brazilian Confederation of University Sports (CBDU).

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

The mountain of youth? Hiking

whatsup-july  This months' EUSA Student Column focuses on hiking, important information for beginners and various tips and tricks for successful and great hikes, seen through the experience of Student Commission Chair and member of the EUSA Executive Committee Ms Flobena Nikolli.

Do you like to explore the nature and to hike? Are you a beginner and do not have much idea how to do it properly and what you should have with you? Then this post is the right one for you!
When I first tried long walks, I was completely unprepared and could hardly even ask questions. So the first advice I can give you is to ask for any ambiguity, embarrassment or ignorance you may have. For me, do not take any pilgrimage if you are not clear how long the trip will take, what is the destination and most importantly, who will be your guide!

Ok! You have asked and I know enough about what I said above, but you are still somewhat lacking in preparation? Things that you might need to know beforehand are these:
Be prepared to walk, which means cutting your nails - even if you do normally, re-check before leaving in the morning - as your nails can hurt your toes as they rub against each other from long walks.
If you do not have suitable shoes for the hiking, do not be discouraged! Get a pair of sneakers - even the ones you don't wear anymore - just make sure they are comfortable and fit perfectly, have soles with good grip, are waterproof and light. For more difficult and challenging hiking trails is important to have professional hiking shoes that are semi-high or high, to protect our ankles.
It is also recommended to dress in layers, to take extra clothes, to choose light coloured clothing and to avoid cotton clothes because they are sweat wicking.

You definitely need a bag, even the backpack you once used to go to school. I still use it today, I have no problem using it as long as it is enough space for all the things I need.
Get enough water or other non-alcoholic isotonic liquids and food that has high energy value - like dried fruit, chocolates, snack bars and a small sandwich and make sure you have enough of it.
Also, remember that you will be exposed to the sun - even in cloudy weather - for this you definitely need a hat and face and neck protection creams. Bug spray is also something that you might have a great usage of.
Take a first aid kit, a small one, with you. From experience I know that a sprained ankle and/or a scratch on the leg or arm will need a bandage.
You have to be prepared for other not planned inconveniences. The trip may take longer than planned?! No worries, a flashlight, or headlamp, solves a lot of work at night. The rain can ruin your trip, as it started and it was not on the forecast? A raincoat pulls you out of the situation and avoids the cold. Better to hold on than to cry!" said one of my guides. But even if you are not so prepared do not be embarrassed to borrow things - water, light, cream, or hat - from friends in the group with whom you will be traveling, because usually the mountains and the hikes are a good place to meet lots of new friends and create great new memories.

As a beginner in hiking is also recommended to:
- Let someone know of your hiking plans, so they know your location in case of emergencies.
- Choose a trail you can handle and give yourself time to build up to more difficult levels and remember you have to hike at your own pace. Don’t worry about how fast other hikers go. If you’re new to hiking, and if you’re not used to physical activities, you can easily burn yourself out before you get halfway through the hike.
- Set your goals and destinations gradually; do not start with the highest mountain. A difficulty level selected too high reduces the experience and can lead to dangerous situations.
- Make sure you take enough rest on your hike, hydrate, and have short but effective energy saving pauses. Keep in mind that too fast a pace might greatly affects the certainty of your step.
- If you get lots, make sure you get back by the same trail, do not go alone into the unknown.
- If possible, hike with a companion and if needed bring trekking poles with you.
- Bring your cell phone in case of an emergency, but make sure to conserve its battery.
- Always stay on the designated trail and part of the group, if you are hiking with other people.
- And last but not least, don’t disturb the environment around you (breaking branches, littering, etc..) and be considerate of other hikers too.

A successful hike is simple when you have the right tools and a positive mindset, and can be beneficial activity, especially as part of the #HealthyLifestlye4All mentality.

Flobena is a 22-year-old law graduate from Albania, currently doing her masters in Penal Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tirana.

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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