What's up: Students for Students Sports
For this months What's up column we took a look at a concrete example of how students can be engaged in the organisation of student sport and how a national organisation of student clubs can be affiliated with the national university sports association, having the common cooperation benefit university sport.
In Slovenia, the Association of Student Clubs of Slovenia (Zveza ŠKIS) is represented by the Council of Student Organisations of Local Communities. The organisation is also an associated member of the Slovenian University Sports Association (SUSA). They represent the interests of student organisations of local communities. There are 52 regular members (students clubs) and 5 associated members in Slovenia. Their primary mission is to take care of students in their local environment. Students that get involved in these organisations are organising events such as lectures, workshops, concerts, cultural and sports events. Participation is usually free or with minimal contribution.
As EUSA we looked closer at the sports part, activities in grassroot sport and health enhancing physical activities. The most popular are sports events such as football, basketball and volleyball tournaments that are organised indoors as well as outdoors. In the winter, almost every club makes sure their students get to the slopes to go skiing. On the other hand, there are some other alternatives such as paintball, horse riding, ice skating, climbing, hiking or rafting events. More or less, you can pick any sport and at least one club will be doing it. Interestingly they also organise workshops to introduce different recreational programmes to students such as yoga, street workout, spike ball, kickboxing, areal flow, different styles of dancing and so on.
Moving on from one day events, students clubs also make sure that their members have the possibility of recreation all year long. They arrange recreational programmes, such as indoors leagues with sports with balls or they make sure to get a student discount for their members in local fitness, swimming pool or group workouts. With that said, it is great to see students taking care of students and promoting a healthy lifestyle through exercise while still having fun and socialising.
The author Nina Plank is the former President of ŠKIS, current member of the EUSA Student Commission, and is doing her master’s studies at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana.
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