EUSA Executive Committee meets in Warsaw

EUSA Executive Committee meets in Warsaw

The first in-person meeting of the newly-elected Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) was held in the Polish capital Warsaw on November 12-13, 2021.

The meeting was hosted by the University Sports Association of Poland (AZS) in cooperation with the University of Warsaw, and the event is also supported by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek

Participants were welcomed on behalf of the hosts by AZS Secretary General Mr Dariusz Piekut and Mr Marian Dymalski in his role as AZS Vice-President and FISU Vice-President. They also gave an overview of the activities of the organisation, presenting the main past achievements and future plans.

Welcome by Mr Marian Dymalski

EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek thanked the hosts for the invitation and hospitality, and lead the meeting. One of the first points on the agenda was the overall office report, presented by EUSA Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, followed by a financial report presented by the EUSA Secretary General and Treasurer Mr Francis Cirianni.

AZS Vice-President and Secretary General

The Executive Committee members discussed the EUSA Sport Calendar 2022-2024, focusing on two upcoming seasons of the European Universities Games and Championships, as well as on the seasons for the future, where the bidding process is still open for the European Universities Championships 2025, and in process for the European Universities Games 2026. Other EUSA endorsed events and partnership sport events to be held in 2022 were also presented.

EUSA Executive Coomittee

A delegation of the Organising Committee of the European Universities Games Lodz 2022 was invited to Warsaw to present the progress report of the event. The team in Poland is being expanded and is working hard to bring the largest university sport event in Europe to Lodz next summer. As due to Covid-19, the event in Belgrade unfortunately was cancelled, the Games in Lodz will be held after a break, opening the registration on December 15, 2021.

Delegation of the European Universities Games Lodz 2022

Apart of the sports events, EUSA Executive Committee members received an update of the projects, co-financed by FISU and the European Union. EUSA, through its Institute, is a proud partner in several projects, many of them co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. EUSA and the EUSA Institute carry our projects on the topics of anti-doping, dual career, equal opportunities and inclusion, good governance, mobility in sport, safeguarding, skills development, sustainability and volunteering. EUSA Institute is currently a coordinator of three larger projects: Inclusion in Sport (iSport), Supporting Mobility and Good Practice Exchange in University Sport (UniSport), European Universities Games (EUG) and Promoting Dual Career through Education of Young Journalists (PRODUCE), and a volunteering supported by the European Solidarity Corps (ESC).

Presentation of the EUG2022

As part of the Conferences and Meetings, the participants defined the plan for the upcoming Executive Committee meetings and EUSA-FISU Seminar for 2022, and also reviewed the report from the EUSA General Assembly and the EUSA-FISU Strategic Dialogue, held in Budapest in September 2021.

FADU President and Secretary General

Under the topics of international cooperation, participants received updates from the members, FISU and continental federations, as well as the partner and other organisations. Apart of the presentation of the hosts (AZS), members also had a chance to hear updates from the Portuguese Academic Federation of University Sport (FADU), represented at the meeting by its President Mr Andre Reis and Secretary General Mr Manuel Veloso.

Group photo of the participants

EUSA Executive Committee members discussed several internal matters, got acquainted with the candidatures submitted by the national university sports associations for the EUSA Commissions, which will be nominated at the next EUSA Executive Committee meeting, scheduled to be held online on December 20, 2021.