Counting down to #BeActive #LetsIDUS
Today marks start of the one-month countdown to the International Day of University Sport, which is celebrated world-wide on September 20th. Proclaimed by UNESCO on the initiative of FISU, this initiative promotes sport in higher education and all its values. The European Week of Sport will be celebrated September 23-30 across the continent.
IDUS is a platform to exchange ideas, best practices, challenges and opportunities within and through university sport worldwide. The initiative presents an opportunity to share knowledge on key issues relating to the development of sport and the University Sports Movement worldwide, to improve awareness of the importance of sport in educational institutions, and showcase the work of university sport bodies.
In 2019, activities were organised in 102 countries across 5 continents, contributing to over 1000 IDUS activities organised by now. Europe was especially productive and active, as last year over 80% of the members celebrated IDUS, often together with the European Week of Sport. That initiative recorded over 16 million people taking part in more than 28.300 events in 42 countries and regions in Europe.
This year, due to covid-19, safety measures and restrictions, celebrations will vary, but the International University Sports Federation (FISU), along with Continental and National University Sport Associations invite the students, universities, sports organisations and other supporters to join the global initiative by organising events, or take part in them, be it virtually or live.
At an online meeting of the International and Continental University Sports Federations held today, the European University Sports Association (EUSA) presented an outline of the plans for this years' activities.
In Europe, International Day of University Sport and the #letsidus campaign is encouraged to be celebrated in synergy with the European Week of Sport and the #beactive campaign, focusing on promoting physical activity - also among the student population. EUSA will celebrate both 3-fold. An online #myeusa campaign was already launched last month, inviting users to submit photos of being active. We will also be celebrating and supporting events with its members - national university sports associations, especially in Ukraine and Hungary, where special events are being planned. Last, but not least, the EUSA staff, volunteers and the rest of the EUSA family will demonstrate how we can be active.
For more information see the official #LetsIDUS and #BeActive pages.