EUSA Newsletter January 2016

EUSA Newsletter 02-2016, ISSN 1855-4571

EUSA Executive Committee meeting in Bucharest

Members of the Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and invited guests met for the first EUSA EC meeting in 2016 in Bucharest, the capital or Romania, on January 22 and 23, 2016.

The meeting was hosted by EUSA member Romanian Schools and Universities Sports Federation (FFSU), governing body for university sport in Romania. On behalf of the Romanian School and University Sports Federation, EUSA guests were welcomed by its Deputy Director Mr Constantin Caliman and the coordinator of the meeting Mr Liviu Matac, EUSA Auditor from Romania, with the FFSU team Ms Claudia Ilie and Mr Marius Ulareanu, as well as partner organisation representatives Mr Constantin Marcel and Mr Victor Mihailescu.

At the beginning of the meeting also the Vice-Rector of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies Mr Robert Aurelian Sova welcomed the EUSA members, recognising the importance of European University Sport and expressed interest in EUSA sports events.

The 2-day meeting started with the address of EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek thanking the hosts for their hospitality and devotion, welcoming EUSA Executive Committee members and invited guests, among them also the Vice-President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Mr Marian Dymalski and EUSA Honorary President Mr Alberto Gualtieri.

After Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik and Treasurer Mr Olaf Tabor presented the overall activity and financial report, chairs and secretaries of the EUSA commissions presented their reports, including the Student, Media and Communications, Finances and Marketing, Medical, Technical, Equal Opportunities, Rules and Regulations Commission.

Sports and sport related matters were discussed next, focusing on the upcoming European Universities Games, European Universities Championships and EUSA endorsed events. Special attention was given on the 2016 EUSA Games, for which a lot of interest has been shown and by the deadline February 15 only a few open places are left in the team sports.

FISU and EU-supported projects were presented, as well as other EUSA projects. EUSA is currently involved in two larger awareness-raising projects, dealing with gender equality in coaching and combatting sexual violence, as well as actively working on inclusion of students with disabilities and carrying out other projects and activities.

International cooperation with FISU, EUSA members and partner and other organisation was also on the agenda of the EC meeting, which concluded with the topic of conferences and meetings. Special focus was given to the upcoming EUSA electoral General Assembly which will be held in Wroclaw on April 8 and 9, 2016.

The formal part of the meeting concluded by a lunch in the National Military Circle, attended by Mrs Claudia Georgescu, former Secretary General of FSSU, presently Secretary General of the Minister of Youth and Sport.

More information...

Invitation to the EUSA General Assembly 2016 - 08 January 2016
  General Assembly of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) will be held in Wroclaw, Poland on April 8 and 9, 2016. EUSA events in Wroclaw will include the EUSA Executive Committee meeting, EUSA Seminar, General Assembly and the Gala.
Registrations deadline for EUG2016 coming up - 11 January 2016
  The first deadline for the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 is approaching. January 15, 2016 is the first announced deadline to register the teams. The registrations will reopen after the first deadline for available sports.
2016 application deadline for EVS in EUSA - 15 January 2016
  European University Sports Association (EUSA) is announcing the deadline for application for the next round of EVS service within our organisation. The foreseen service in EUSA is one year (12 months); the next available term is from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2016.
EUSA-EUG2016 January working meeting - 19 January 2016
  Representatives of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) met with key representatives of the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 for a regular working meeting. The latest one was held in Zagreb on January 18, 2016.
Invitation to SELL Games 2016 - 20 January 2016
  The 32nd edition of the SELL Student Games will be held in the City of Tampere, Finland, between May 13 and 15, 2016. Registration to enter university teams is open until February 15, 2016.
New Secretary General in Finnish Student Sports Federation - 22 January 2016
  The board of the Finnish Student Sports Federation (OLL) appointed a new Secretary General, Ms Hanna Laakso, after the standing one Mrs Hilkka Laitinen was employed as Manager of International Relations at the Finnish Sport Federation Valo and the Finnish Olympic Committee in December 2015.
University Sport Conference in Romania - 23 January 2016
  Romanian Schools and Universities Sports Federation (FFSU) and Student Sport Romania organised a University Sport Conference in Bucharest on January 21, 2016. European University Sports Association (EUSA) was also represented at the event, with EUSA President and Secretary General as one of the speakers.
Danish NOC President meets with EUSA and FISU - 27 January 2016
  The President of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) Mr Niels Nygaard paid a visit to Wroclaw on January 25 at the occasion of the 2016 EHF European Handball Championship.
EUSA Development Fund 2016 - 31 January 2016
  One of the aims of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) is to strengthen and support its member federations, national university sport bodies in Europe. We are happy to announce that in cooperation with the European Universities Games 2016 and with the support of the Club of Donors, we assured a special development fund also this year.

FISU Section
FISU Section
AUSF concluded 2015 with an EC meeting - 05 January 2016
  Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) held their last Executive Committee Meeting in 2015 in Onyang, Korea on December 30. Senior Vice President Mr Omar Al-Hai, Vice President Mr Hosung Chang, Vice President Mr Kunning Chen, Secretary General Mr Kenny Chow, Treasurer Mr Cheng Fave Seetow, Assessors Mr Dorjsul Jargalsalkhan, Mr Hisato Igarashi and the Auditor Mr Woong Yong Ha, attended the meeting.
Proclamation of the International Day of University Sport - 27 January 2016
  In 2015, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) proposed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to internationally recognise a day dedicated to university sport. UNESCO confirmed 20 September as the International Day of University Sport.

What's up! Section - Student Column
What's up! Section - Student Column
EVS - this is your time

TIt is a great time to introduce youngsters to EVS (European Voluntary Service). This activity, currently under Erasmus + Programme, celebrates 20 years in 2016. Through this time, close to 100,000 young people took part in international volunteering through EVS. EUSA is already a recognised receiving organisation among volunteers, hosting long-term volunteers. Many more short-term volunteers take part in the European Universities Championships and European Universities Games.

Last year, the Organising Committee of the upcoming Games, to be held in Zagreb and Rijeka in 2016, also decided to host three volunteers for the duration of 12 months within this project.

The opportunity comes once in a lifetime. After graduating, before University, or during studies? It is a great chance to enrich your CV, test yourself and live an adventure. I decided to make this step before enrolling to my Master’s.

Together with two girls from Hungary: Annamaria Szecsi and Reka Ulbert, we live together, we spend our free time together, we work together, but most of all: we are a part of amazing project. We help in different areas: Annamaria is working with International Relations team, Reka in PR and Marketing, and finally me – with volunteers, without whom no huge event would happen. The areas of possible volunteering as EVS are wide, you can easily find a placement that corresponds with your field of study or interests.

The three of us are already in half-way of our project. Finding yourself in a completely new society teaches you a lot. Many of our friends, also EVS’ers, admit they decided for this step to discover themselves. Through EVS, you are given the opportunity for personal development along with practical experience. While doing your EVS service, you get a chance to make your own project, influencing and activating society you currently live in. For that purpose, and to prepare you for EVS, you will take part in on-arrival training.

For participants of long-term volunteer program, schedule includes as well mid-term training, preparing for life after EVS and how to avoid the so-called post-EVS syndrome.

The project is financed by Erasmus+; the volunteers receive accommodation, insurance cover and a grant for the duration of the project. Make the first step – go to the page below and choose your adventure. This is your time!

In EUSA the EVS opportunity for 2016-17 has been closed in January and will be reopened next January for the 2017-18 period. There are, however, plenty of opportunities to choose from!

For more details about the EVS programme, please see

The author Katarzyna Czalej is a student of the Poznan University of Economics.

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