EUSA-EUG2022 Convention in Lodz
The EUSA-EUG2022 Convention was held on September 24 and 25 in Lodz, host city of the next year’s European Universities Games.
The Convention was an occasion for the newly appointed EUSA Technical Delegates to meet in person, and establish strong connection to the local sports experts, as well as for the transfer of knowledge from the hosts of the previous Games to the next organisers of the EUSA flagship event.
The event was opened by a welcome address on behalf of the Organisers by the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology Mr Krzysztof Jozwik, on behalf of EUSA by the 1st Vice-President of the European University Sports Association Mr Haris Pavletic, as well as by the FISU Acting President Mr Leonz Eder, remotely.
The programme then continued by the introduction of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the EUSA Institute by EUSA Communications and Projects Manager Mr Andrej Pisl, followed by the presentation of the European Universities Games in Lodz by Organising Committee Coordinator Ms Tatsiana Andrushka.
EUSA International Relations Officer Ms Lea Medvesek gave an insight and relevance of the registrations and accreditations procedure any introduced the main features of the system which provides these features.
The introduction to the EUSA Sports Programme and its characteristics was done by EUSA Sports Manager Mr Miha Zvan, and the role of Technical Delegates was presented by EUSA Technical Delegate for Futsal Mr Tomasz Aftanski.
The details about the sports and planned venues of the European Universities Games 2022 were presented by EUG2022 Sports Manager Mr Kamil Kozlowski.
Highlights of the knowledge transfer programme was the afternoon part, where EUG Consultant Mr Besim Aliti shared his insight and importance of quality project management.
From the past organisers, the participants were able to get some tips from experienced organisers of the past EUSA Championships and Games. Mr Nikola Vincetic from the Croatian Academic Sports Federation shared the story and innovative approaches from the 2016 European Universities Games, which were held in Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia.
Ms Filipa Godinho from the University of Coimbra also shared the lessons learned from the 2018 European Universities Games, held in Coimbra, Portugal in 2018.
The second day was dedicated to venues inspection visits of the sports venues, reviewing in more details the plans for accommodation, logistics, services and events during the next year’s event.
The participants also enjoyed the sports activities programme, consisting of #BeActive #LetsIDUS morning run, featuring also the EUG2022 mascot EUGenio, and the sport climbing challenge at the Zatoku Sports center. These activities are part of the promotion of the HealthyLifestyle4All initiative, as well as celebration of the European Week of Sport and the International Day of University Sport.
The long-awaited European Universities Games in Lodz will be held in July 2022, offering over 15 sports, including 3x3 Basketball, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Football, Futsal, Handball, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo. Additional sports and schedule will be confirmed in November, with the registration starting on December 1, 2021. Interested university sport teams and individuals should contact the national university sport bodies in their countries.
EUSA-EUG2022 Convention in Lodz was part of the Unisport project, supporting mobility in sport, co-financed by the European Union.
For more information about the Games, please see: www.eug2022.eu.