April 2018

The University of Coimbra invited EAS to participate in the Rectors’ Conference entitled

Organization and Management Model of University Sport”

to be held in Coimbra, Portugal on July 14-15, 2018.

This prestigious event is part of the 4th European Universities Games to be held in Coimbra on July 15-28, 2018.

In particular, President Laura Capranica will share the EAS vision at the round table “Promoting Dual Career: a key issue for educational system” and will attend theOpening Ceremony of the 4thEuropean Universities Games 2018, which are the largest European multi-sport student event aimed at promoting friendly competition, friendship, unity and tolerance between European university students.

EAS as will be represented in Coimbra as well by Secretary General Joerg Foerster, who is a member of the Technical Commission and the actual Technical Delegate for Volleyball within EUSA.

More information about the European Universities Games 2018 can be found on the official website www.eug2018.com and the tentative programme of the Rector’ Conference is available at:

Being one of the oldest Universities in Europe, in 2018 the University of Coimbra will host from 12th to 14th of September the 14th Annual Conference of EAS, which is a perfect opportunity to discuss the state of the art and the future of dual career of European athletes as students through exchanges of examples of good practices, ideas, experiences, researches, and progresses of European projects.

On March 29-30, 2018 the University of Trento (member of EAS) organized the Sport Forum of Italian Universities to promote university sport training, research, innovation and practice.

Rector Paolo Collini and Prof. Paolo Bouquet opened the event and prized the University of Trento athletes member of the dual career TOPSport programme, who represented Italy at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Dr. Paolo Bertaccini (Office of Sports of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers), Laura Capranica (President of EAS), dr. Marco Arpino e Daniela Drago (Italian Olympic Commitee, CONI), Andrea Altmann (Vice President of the European Network of Academic Sports Services, ENAS), Lorenzo Lentini (President of the Italian University Sport Center, CUSI) addressed the delegates of 25 Italian Universities on issues related to dual career of athletes, research and innovation in sports, and sport practice and services for university students.

During both plenary sessions and workshops, the participants had the opportunity to share projects and experiences related to university sports and to envisage concrete proposals for the development a common vision on sport practice at elite level and engagement in active lifestyles of students.

Specifically, the debate on dual career focused on the definition of elite athletes, the minimum requirements for access and permanence in dual career paths, the criteria for ECTS recognition of sport participation and achievements, and the university services to be provided to athletes and students.

Indeed, EAS recognizes Prof. Paolo Bouquet as one of the most proactive members of EAS in disseminating dual career at Italian level.

On March 22 and 23 the President Laura Capranica represented EAS at EU Sport Forum 2018 ‘Sport in Europe, investing for future generations,’ organized in Sofia by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The event involved 380 policy makers and key sports stakeholders, in addition to a live webstreaming audience. The main focus was on the impact of the Olympic games, the role of sport in the development of cities and regions and in fighting climate changes, the promotion of European values through sport diplomacy, the advancement of gender equality in sports and the transfer of athletes, the innovation of technologies and e-sports, and the need of supporting healthy active lifestyles in light of the Euroberometer 472 findings. These topics were discussed during both plenary and parallel sessions, which ensured a female representation in support of the No Women No Panel Campaign.

The 2018 EU Sport Forum was opened by the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova.

During the event, EAS has the opportunity to meet also with the European Commission’s Policy Officer Ms Agata Dziarnowska, the EUSA Secretary General Mr. Matjaz Pecovnik and the Communications and Projects Manager of the EUSA Institute Mr. Andrej Pizsl, partner in the dual career projects Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics (EMPATIA) and associated partner in Athletic Migration: Dual career and qualification in sports (AMID).

The Head of Sport Unit Mr. Yves Le Lostecque and the Deputy Director General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Mr. Jens Nymand Christensen closed the 2018 EU Sport Forum, which emphasized the crucial role of sports in sharing European values.