ENGSO Youth at the European Universities Games 2018
The European Universities Games is the largest event of the European university sport movement. This year’s edition takes place in the heart of Portugal, the spirited student city: Coimbra. United under the event’s slogan ‘A winner’s heartbeat!’, over 4000 European student athletes are competing in 13 sports between July 14 and 28. Sport and education are both the founding principles of EUG2018 which provided a unique opportunity for ENGSO Youth to reintroduce its #Sport4All17 workshop, just on the second day of this amazing event!
The #Sport4All17 workshop addresses the needs of different target groups of multi-sport events. From spectators to athletes, everybody can join and learn about sport’s contribution to the United Nations’ seventeen sustainable development goals, the so called SDGs. Although the link might be evident for those working within the sport for development field in addition to sport professionals concerned on social responsibility, (mega) sport events are often accused of not being sustainable and lacking the desired socio-economic legacy. There is an urgent need to capitalize on the popularity of these sport events and raise awareness on the importance of sport activities’ contribution to these goals. At the same time, the sport movement and governments should further strengthen their endeavours to make sport events more sustainable while building strongly on the needs of hosting cities and communities.
The EUG2018 edition of the ENGSO Youth SDG workshop was delivered with great success by Bence Garamvölgyi, committee member, and Niels de Fraguier, former ENGSO trainee. During an hour long learning session, a number of EUG2018 volunteers and athletes discovered the strong links between sport practice, physical activity and the sustainable development goals. As facilitators framed the discussions building on the active contributions of participants, their involvement was ensured through methods of non-formal education. As the key outcome of the activity, participants became more acquainted with good practices and ideas on how sport can make a sustainable change in the local and global spheres.
The #Sport4All17 workshop is ready to conquer sport events across Europe and the globe! We are looking forward to implementing a similarly designed SDG workshop at the upcoming European Athletics Young Leaders Forum! Hereby we thank the EUSA family and Filipa Godinho, our fellow committee member, for not only the great hospitality but also for providing us with a space to run our workshop with an engaged and active group in Portugal!
The EY SDG working group is composed of Nevena Vukasinovic, Orsolya Tolnay, Marisa Schlenker, Lovisa Broms, Isaiah Kioiloglou, Mikkel Hansen, Niels de Fraguier and Bence Garamvölgyi.