Europe’s university sport season looms large
In less than two weeks, the European University Sport season officially gets underway as the first two European University Sports Association (EUSA) Championships kick-off.
Celebrating its 20th year of existence this year, EUSA’s 2019 sports programme includes 21 different sports taking place at 16 separate events from June 23 to September 7. Fourteen host cities from nine different countries have been involved in the organisational processes, with preparations now in their final stages ahead of the start of the Championships.
The European Universities Golf and Badminton Championships simultaneously kick off the summer sports programme on June 23, as Europe’s best university golfers head to Antequera, Spain, while Poland’s central city of Lodz plays host to the badminton event.
Thirteen separate events will be staged across the month of July, starting off with the European Universities Handball Championship, taking place in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from July 4-10.
Later in the month, Slovenia’s coastal city of Koper will play host to the Beach Volleyball and Water Polo competitions, the latter being one of four new sports on the EUSA Championships schedule. Joining Water Polo as first-time sports competitions in the EUC programme are Beach Handball, which will take place in the Croatian capital Zagreb from July 24-27; Orienteering, which takes place over the same dates in Olomouc, Czech Republic, as well as Kickboxing, which forms part of the highly-anticipated Combat Sports Championship alongside Judo, Karate and Taekwondo, also taking place in Zagreb from July 31 to August 3.
The two oldest sports in the EUSA programme, Basketball and Volleyball, will both play out their individual championships in Poland. After the very first EUC Basketball event in 2001 in Averio, Portugal, the 15th edition of the event will take place in Poznan from July 20-27, while 18 years after the first EUC Volleyball event in Uzice and Vrbas in Serbia, this year’s competition gets underway in Lodz on July 26.
The EUSA sporting programme concludes on Sweden’s second-largest lake Vattern in Jonkoping, where the European Universities Rowing Championship will take place from September 4-7.
The full European Universities Championships sport schedule is as follows:
Sport Location Official dates
Golf Antequera, Spain June 23-27
Badminton Lodz, Poland June 23-29
Handball Bydgoszcz, Poland July 4-10
Table Tennis Camerino, Italy July 15-20
Futsal Braga, Portugal July 15-23
Basketball Poznan, Poland July 20-27
Football Madrid, Spain July 20-27
Beach Volleyball July 21-26
Water Polo Koper, Slovenia July 21-27
Tennis Podgorica, Montenegro July 21-27
Orienteering Olomouc, Czech Republic July 24-27
EUSA-EHF Beach Handball Zagreb, Croatia July 24-27
Chess Budapest, Hungary July 24-28
Volleyball Lodz, Poland July 26-August 2
3x3 Basketball Porto, Portugal July 31-August 3
Taekwondo Zagreb, Croatia July 31-August 3
Rowing Jonkoping, Sweden September 4-7
Please see https://www.eusa.eu/ for more details, information and results on all the upcoming championships.