EUSA Convention 2010
Bled, Slovenia: November 12-14, 2010
The 2010 edition of the EUSA Convention, intended for the organisers of the European Universities Championships and the European Universities Games, took place in Bled, Slovenia between November 12 and 14, 2010.
Over 50 participants – organisers of next EUC events, technical delegates, medical commission members, EUSA Staff and invited observers have been greeted by Mr Alberto Gualtieri via online address. Mr Gualtieri stressed the importance of EUSA Conventions as EUSA is working hard to cooperate with the organisers to enable great events.
The participants were then also welcomed by Mr Leonz Eder, EUSA Executive Member and Treasurer, a.i. Mr Eder thanked the technical delegates, medical commission members and EUSA Office for doing an excellent job and the significance of their contribution to the development of EUSA and its sports events.
Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Secretary General, briefly presented the European University Sports Association, its organisation and activities, focusing on the history and success of the European Universities Championships. In his presentation, Mr Pecovnik also illustrated the growth of EUSA sports events and the plan for the future.
Sports programme, rules and regulations were presented by Mr Adam Roczek, EUSA Sports Manager. Mr Roczek presented the organisation of a European Universities Championship through a technical point of view, and explained some of the most important guidelines in organising such an event.
Dr Haris Pavletic, Medical Commission Chairman, presented the medical commission and safety & health issues which are important to observe in organisation of EUSA events. He stressed the importance of the appropriate medical assistance, catering needs and requirements and the hygiene conditions during the championships.
EUSA Volunteer programme, run by EUSA Student Commission, was presented by Mr Andrej Pisl, EUSA Communications manager on behalf of EUSA STC. After a short introduction of the commission, Mr Pisl described the Volunteer programme, its advantages for the organisers and the volunteers themselves, and stressed the importance of volunteers in sport, especially in University sport.
The representatives of the Organisers of the European Universities Games, Mr Vicente Martinez Orga and Mr Rifaat Chabouk, presented the concept and preparations for the 1st European Universities Games, which will take place in Cordoba, Spain in 2012. This will be the first edition of the EUSA multisports event, where participants of the European universities will participate in 10 sports: beach volley, badminton, basketball, football, futsal, handball, rugby 7’s, volleyball, table tennis and tennis.
Mr Andrej Pisl, EUSA Communications Manager presented the EUSA online registration and accreditation system which was put in place in 2010 and will be used by the future organisers of the European Universities Championships.
EUSA invited the representatives of the 2010 European Universities Badminton Championship to present their championship as an example of best practice. On behalf of their organising committee, Mr Valentin Dupoey presented their experiences and pointed out the topics where special attention should be given to.
Representatives of the organising committees of the European Universities Championships 2011 presented their events to the participants. Mr Chabouk presented the EUC Basketball in Cordoba, Mr Matti Anttonen presented the EUC Futsal in Tampere, Mr Muslum Gulhan and Murat Aslan presented the EUC Football in Istanbul, Mr Marko Zunic and Mrs Ivana Anicic presented the EUC Handball in Rijeka, Mr Philippe Gars presented the EUC Rugby 7s in Lille, Mr Luis Silva presented the EUC Table Tennis in Madeira, Mrs Kamelia Atanasova and Mrs Iliana Eneva presented the EUC Taekwondo in Sofia, Mr Marko Petrovic presented the EUC Volleyball in Kragujevac and Piotr Dybicz the EUC Bridge in Warsaw.
The president of the Sports Association of Bosnia & Herzegovina Mr Omer Stambolic presented the championships in Judo and Karate which is to be held in Sarajevo. At this occasion Mr Stambolic also handed a present to the Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik as a welcome present for the new EUSA Office.
After the presentations, the participants enjoyed a sightseeing boat tour to the Bled island and a scenic walk by the lake. In the afternoon, parallel workshops were organised for the organisers and the technical delegates to discuss the details of the championships.
The technical delegates also met for their internal meeting to discuss the technical aspects, rules and regulations and the plans for the future. At the same time, the Medical Commission met to discuss the medical matters and the recommendations for the organisers of the EUSA events.