EUSA Newsletter 11-2016

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EUSA Newsletter 11-2016, ISSN 1855-4571

Save the date: EUSA Conference 2017

We are happy to inform you that the dates and location of the 2017 EUSA Conference have been confirmed.

Our two-day conference will be held in the Portuguese city of Coimbra on April 7 and 8. The conference will cover topics of physical activity, good governance, inclusion and other relevant themes. Plenary sessions will be accompanied by workshops and we will feature good practices and present opportunities to be actively engaged in projects and activities. The Conference will be followed with the annual EUSA Gala, where we honour the best achievements.

While the detailed content and programme is currently being finalised, we would already like to invite you to save the date and start planning your trip to Coimbra to join us!

You will shortly receive a formal invitation with more information. In the meantime, please save the date!

More information...

2nd China-France University Sports Week - 04 October 2016
  Xi’An city hosted the second edition of the China-France University Sports Week between September 24 and 30, co-organized by the Federation of University Sport of China (FUSC) and French University Sport Federation (FFSU) as the celebration of the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) and a significant outcome of China-France High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism.
Super Rugby League launched in the UK - 09 October 2016
  British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) with the backing of England Rugby - Rugby Football Union (RFU) has launched its new rugby union league, called ‘BUCS Super Rugby’. The new league will see the top 8 men’s teams in the country battle it out for the right to go head-to-head in the final, held at Twickenham next year.
EUSA at the 2016 EFPM Conference and General Assembly - 10 October 2016
  On the invitation of the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM), EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek and Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik participated in the 22nd EFPM General Assembly, which was organized on October 7-8, 2016 in Vienna, Austria.
Successful start of the German-Chinese football exchange - 12 October 2016
  Between October 3 and 7, the first part of the German-Chinese football-exchange was held in Hennef, Germany, ending with a lot of culture, football and many new friendships. For six days, the team of the Beihang University Beijing was in Germany and during these days played against teams of the German Sport University Cologne and a team by University of Marburg and University of Frankfurt.
Successful SCORE Final Conference in Cologne - 19 October 2016
  On October 13, the SCORE team presented the result of the project and the final version of the interactive toolkit “Gender Equality in Coaching” during the Final Conference of the project on Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality (SCORE), co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
EUSA at 25th Anniversary of Olympic Committee of Slovenia - 19 October 2016
  EUSA Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik took part at the celebration activities of the 25th Anniversary of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, which was held on October 15, 2016 in Ljubljana.
EUSA-IDO European Universities Hip Hop Championship 2016 - 25 October 2016
  The IDO Street Dance World Championships with Hip hop, Electric Boogie and Break Dance Championships were organised between October 19 and 23 in Graz, Austria. The event also included the IDO-EUSA European Universities Hip Hop Championship.
Milan getting ready for the EUC Rugby 7s 2017 - 26 October 2016
  Milan (Italy) will host the next European Universities Championship (EUC) in Rugby 7s. The Inspection visit, done by EUSA Sports Manager Mr Patrik Perosa and EUSA Technical Delegate Mr Jack Jacobs, was organized in the period October 23-25, 2016.
Preparing for EUSA sports events 2017 and 2018 - 26 October 2016
  End of September 2016, EUSA Convention 2016 was organised in Bled for the organisers of the European Universities Championships in 2017. EUSA will organise another Convention this year in Coimbra between December 1 and 4, focusing on the organisation and organisers of the European Universities Games 2018, which will be held in July 2018 in Coimbra, Portugal.
EUSA Exhibition displayed in Hamburg - 27 October 2016
  EUSA Exhibition on university sport has been hosted in the German city of Hamburg this September and October. First, the Exhibition was on display during the 16th Congress for Sports, Economics and Media on September 12 and 13, at the HafenCity University of Hamburg. The exhibition was afterwards also shown in the lobby of the University Sport Center and at the Seminarbuilding at the Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement, Institute of Human Movement at the University of Hamburg during opening week of the winter term.
October EUSA working meetings in Zurich and St Gallen - 28 October 2016
  On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Secretary General met with Mr Lorenz Ursprung, EUSA Treasurer for a working meeting in Zurich.
EUC Basketball 2017 Inspection visit - 28 October 2016
  Following the visit of EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek and Sports Manager Mr Patrik Perosa in 2015, in the period of 24 - 26 October, 2016 an official inspection visit took place in Miskolc, host city of the next European Universities Basketball Championship in 2017.
EUSA and WAKO Europe meet to discuss Kickboxing - 29 October 2016
  On the occasion of the European Kickboxing Championship, which took place from October 23-29, 2016 in Maribor (SLO) and is a part of is part of qualifications for The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw; the World Associations of Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO) President Mr Borislav Pelevic together with WAKO Europe President Mr Roy Baker met with Secretary General of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) Mr Matjaz Pecovnik.
EUSA at ENGSO Forum 2016 - 30 October 2016
  European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) held its annual Seminar and Forum in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on October 28 and 29, 2016. As a partner organisation, European University Sports Association (EUSA) was represented by its Communications and Projects Manager Mr Andrej Pisl.
Meeting with AUS Academic in Sofia - 30 October 2016
  ENGSO Forum in Sofia was also an opportunity for the representative of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) to meet with the EUSA member from Bulgaria - Association for University Sport Academic (AUS). On October 29, EUSA Communications and Projects Manager Mr Andrej Pisl met with AUS delegation, the President Mr Zlatko Djurov, Vice-President Mr Petar Zografov and Secretary Ms Elka Galeva.
Announcing cooperation between EUSA and IOF on orienteering - 31 October 2016
  We are happy to announce that the European University Sports Association (EUSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). Signing the Memorandum is a result of the common interests and goals of both organisations - to increase the participation among students of higher education in sport, and to provide the best conditions for EUSA sports events.
EUSA and EKF meeting during Karate World Championships in Linz - 31 October 2016
  During the 2016 Karate World Championships, taking place between October 25 and 30 in Linz, Austria - the first Karate World Championships after karate was selected as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020, a meeting between representatives of European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the European Karate Federation (EKF) took place.

FISU Section
FISU Section
2016 FASU Executive Committee in Kampala - 06 October 2016
  The Executive Committee of the Federation of Africa University Sport (FASU) met for a two-day meeting in Kampala, Uganda at the FASU Secretariat on September 29 and 30, 2016.
Reminder: FISU Young Reporters Programme 2017 - 18 October 2016
  It is still possible to submit applications for the next year's edition of the FISU Young Reporters Programme, managed by the International University Sports Association (FISU) and the Organizing Committee of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei City. The deadline has been extended to December 15, 2016.
FISU Executive Committee meets in Taipei City - 22 October 2016
  International University Sports Federation (FISU) met in Taipei City on October 19 and 20, 2016, the host city of the 29th Summer Universiade in 2017. The meeting was accompanied also by a few FISU Commission and working meetings.
2016 FISU World University Basketball 3x3 League Final - 25 October 2016
  The Finals of the second edition of the World University League Basketball 3x3 was organised in the period of October 21-23, 2016 in Xiamen, China. 3x3 FISU World University League 2016 is run by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), hosted by the Huaqiao University.
Preparing for the FISU Conference 2017 - 27 October 2016
  On October 21 and 22, the University of Taipei, which is hosting the next FISU Conference together with the organisers of the 29th Summer Universiade, welcomed a two days’ workshop with the purpose of evaluating the progress of the work of the organising committee and to coordinate the actions in the last months of preparation.

What's up! Section - Student Column
What's up! Section - Student Column
Life as a Student Journalist

Sport is everywhere. Whether you stumble across a group of lads throwing a rugby ball in the park or get irritated by a co-worker whistling the Match of the Day theme tune, sport is always prominent in our daily life. It is all around us and impossible to get away from, so why not embrace it?

The plan was to play as many different sports as I physically could. There surely had to be at least one in which I was brilliant, where I would go on to represent my country and become a world superstar. Unfortunately, my dreams soon fell apart. Jonny Wilkinson was never in the B team. The plan had to be altered slightly; if I can’t play sport to a high level I can do the next best thing, write about it.

The landscape of student journalism is changing. Jobs are harder to come by and once there, the internal ladders are harder to climb. The first lesson learnt as a journalism student, get connected. Guest lecturers from the industry are often bombarded with keen listeners desperate to obtain an email address.

A career in journalism, like many other professions, begins with a good reputation. A degree is a start but this needs to be backed up with work experience, internships, published work. When trying to find a full time job after university, employers may look at potential but nearly every successful applicant will already be the (wo)man for the job having already learnt the trade after years of coffee runs and shadowing those deemed above them.

Luckily, people are willing to help. It just takes persistence. Get used to rejection, get used to re-sending emails because the recipient doesn’t reply, it’s not over until they actually say no. I am fortunate enough to have received help from people I know, both on a professional or personal level but any experience is good experience.

Before I seem too pessimistic about the prospects of a job in journalism there is hope and there is a need for students.

The industry is changing, the media as a whole is changing. No longer are newspapers the only way of accessing news or radio the only way to voice opinions.  Technology is being used as the primary vehicle to spread news and exchange information. Stories often break first on Twitter while articles are being tailored to fit onto smaller screens so it can be accessed on the go. We as students have grown up with this constant development of technology. It was us who were the first users of social media and perhaps this is the way forward.

Shouldn’t journalism be a conversation? A debate in how we could better our current society. Social media encourages this. It can be politics or sport but whatever the issue, everyone can get involved and contribute to the argument. It is up to student journalists, those who have grown up with this technology, to start these conversations and get the opinions of ordinary people. Maybe a fresh look at the world is what employers need to keep up with an ever-changing industry.

This month’s What’s Up Column was written by Ed Krarup, a final year student from University of Arts London. Ed’s article expresses the importance of gaining tangible experience when trying to progress in the field of sports journalism and this comes just in time to remind any budding journalists about the FISU Young Reporters Programme 2017. The deadline to apply to this programme is December 15.

Here is some feedback from the graduates of the previous edition of FISU YRP about their experiences and reflection about the programme:

"You’ll fall asleep immediately after the plane takes off," our mentors said. After two weeks of challenges and hard work I was tired indeed. But I was just too excited to fall asleep during my flight back home. The FISU’s Young Reporters’ Programme left me with so many great memories and I can genuinely say it made me a better journalist. When getting into stressful situations, it’s all about experience. I know that I wouldn't be as calm and careful a reporter as I am now without the YRP. Because I gained that experience at the Summer Universiade 2015. As a FISU Young Reporter you will be challenged. You’ll see a huge mountain in front of you. But in the end you’ll be on top of that mountain – with a whole new perspective.
-Maximilian Laenge, Germany

Being a part of FISU Young Reporter Program during the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju was a lifetime experience I will forever be grateful for. It let me develop not only my English and writing skills, but most importantly my skills in front of the camera which led to getting a job as a reporter on national Czech TV and cooperating with International School Sport Federation. It was one of the toughest internships I've been to - the stress, the lack of sleep and other things was balanced with unforgettable memories and new international friendships. I wouldn't change a thing and I would do it all again if I had the chance!
-Lucie Hrdlickova, Czech Republic

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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