Europe’s university sport season looms large

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.

EUC badminton 2017

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.

Combat Sports 2017

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.

EUC Basketball 2017

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

Mind Sports:
Bridge

Chess                                               Budapest, Hungary                         July 24-28

Volleyball                                          Lodz, Poland                                   July 26-August 2

3x3 Basketball                                  Porto, Portugal                                July 31-August 3

Combat Sports:

Judo

Karate

Kickboxing

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.