At the last meeting of the Board of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), the University of Gdańsk was awarded the EUSA Associated Member certificate, which is awarded to universities that actively support sport in the European academic community and identify with the goals and mission of the European University Sports Association.
‘This distinction brings us into the European sports family. We would like to be more and more active not only in terms of our students' participation in competitions but also in organising events of the European Universities Championships rank,' reports Tomasz Aftański, Deputy Director for Sports at CWFiS UG.
It is worth noting that in the last edition of the European Universities Championships, our representatives took part in the men's futsal tournament organised by the University of Split. In earlier editions of the EUC and the European Student Games, we had representatives in women's handball, tennis, judo, and beach volleyball, among others.
‘It is not easy to win the right to compete in events of European rank. Such a privilege is granted to the winners of the Polish Academic Championships, and their level is gradually rising,' stresses Tomasz Aftański, who has been the EUSA's Technical Delegate for Futsal since 2008. ‘Indeed, my adventure with the European University Sports Association has lasted several years, thanks to which I can see on an ongoing basis how this area of academic activity is developing. I am proud to represent Poland, AZS and the University of Gdańsk in the organisational structures of this federation.’
At present, EUSA Associated Member status is held by 83 universities from all over Europe, including three from Poland: the University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk University of Technology and Łódź University of Technology.