PERNILLE AUDE, member of EFCS Health Management

BRANKO VUJOVIC, member of EFCS Sport Management

1. ID

• age: 47

• volunteer in company sport

• professionnal in company sport as president of the Association Sport for all Serbia / umbrella sports organization in Serbia for sport for all and company sports

• intellectual background: Faculty of Sports and Physical Education in Novi Sad 1994-1999 (Professor of Physical Culture and graduated volleyball coach). Specialist studies for regional European integration at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade (2007-2008). Student of the third year of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Sports and Tourism in Novi Sad (2017 -)

• favourite sport: volleyball

• in company sport since 2005 as participant-competitor

• first contact with company sport as a member of the team of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina at the workers’ sports games

• hobbies: history of the Balkans, recreational tennis

2. Any specific realizations / achievements: Co-author of the manual (Đurđević, Mitić, Atanasov, Vujović) “Sport in local self-government units – financing of programs and development of sports” (Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – Association of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia, 2014).

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? Improving knowledge and experiences as well as quality improvement and better positioning of Serbian company sports at the international level.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS? It would be great to have more active participation of sports teams from Serbia in competitions and company sport events.

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed? I would like to see improvement of communication, normative regulation, better evolution – adapting the system to new circumstances and the times in which we live.

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport? Creating better conditions for “small” countries, adapting the system so that it is more accessible to everyone

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know? I always follow the vision and look ahead. The crucial things for achieving are trust, legitimacy and legality, commitment to work, support and faith in associates and partners, constant learning and changing in accordance with time and new circumstances.

DIRK VAN HAELTER, member of EFCS Sport Management

1. ID

• age: 59

• volunteer in company sport: Yes, currently president of the association for sport for staff members at Ghent University, since 2008.

• professional in company sport: No. Professionally I am the secretary of the Board of Governors of Ghent University

• sports background: No specific sports courses, but sporty! Regular participant in various sports conferences, such as the ENAS Forum (European Network of Academic Sport Services).

• intellectual background: Master of sciences, Geography

• favourite sport: Cycling, running and swimming

• in company sport for more than 25 years

• first contact with company sport In 1995 when I reactivated sport for the city of Ghent staff members

• hobbies: too little time for hobbies other than sports (cycling, running and swimming)

2. Any specific realizations / achievements:

• Organiser of the relay run Madrid – Ghent on the occasion of the 500th birthday of Emperor Charles (1999)

• Winner of the trophy “Sports merit from the City of Ghent in the field of sports promotion” (1999)

• Member of Panathlon Ghent (since 2000)

• President of the Ghent Sports Advisory Council (2001 – 2019)

• Chairman of the General Assembly of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) in Ghent (2004)

• Secretary-general of the Flemish League for Company Sport (VLB) (2012 – 2016)

• Organiser of the European Company Sport Games Ghent (2017)

• Winner of the trophy “Sports merit staff member of the Ghent University” (2018)

• Member of the Election committee of the World Federation for Company Sport WFCS (since 2019)

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? The development of common ideas in order to further develop company sport with the focus on the health aspect.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS? I hope that with Sport Management, we can assist and advise the organisers of the future company sport games in the development of the sports competitions during the games.

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed? I find it interesting to continue to evolve with the EFCS towards a real network of sporting companies. In addition to the biennial European Company Sport Games, it can be considered, within such a network, to support small-scale exchange projects (for example for learning from good practices) between sporting companies.

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport? Company sport and in particular the European Company Sport Games are much more than just doing sport: it is also human resources, team building, networking, socializing, exchange of ideas, economy, culture, tourism, …

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know? I finished in the first Iron Man Triatlon in Belgium (1987) (in just under 12 hours) and for the rest, remember: “mens sana in corpore sano”!

FLORIAN RAM, member of EFCS Health Management

1. ID

• age: 34

• volunteer in company sport: During my time at University I volunteered in companies for different sport science projects related to my studies

• my professional career in company sports grew especially big and known with underwater chess, when we first launched this ÖBSV event 2019 in Graz/Austria.

• sports background: I have always been fascinated by different sports, started judo and swimming at a young age already, later did my University degree in Sportsscience.

• intellectual background: Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Masters degree in Sportsscience.

• favourite sport: judo, swimming and chess

• in company sport since 2017, when I started to work for the ÖBSV, which is the Austrian Company Sports Association.

• first contact with company sport in 1972 during my Sportsscience studies at the University.

• hobbies: To make the benefits of sports and movement visible, especially in a corporate environment

2. Any specific realizations / achievements: Publishing the first ÖBSV reference textbooks in 2019 and 2020, with inputs from our new created specialist talk series. https://firmensport.at/wp-content/uploads/OBSV_Buch-2020_WEB.pdf

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? More international inputs and networking, collaborations and instructions on that, committee work, services from EFCS for associations.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS? To modernize and remodel the company sports topic for new social environments and settings nowadays, as well as to make it attractive to all target groups.

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed? An inclusive approach and reaching a mixed audience on all levels.

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport? We offer our self developed ÖBSV nudging tools for companies, to connect movement with a positive and playful approach and make it easy accessible to everyone. (Link: https://firmensport.at/services/ & Blogpost: https://firmensport.at/2020/04/nudging-tool-bewegung-und-sport/ )

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know? No

NIKOS KERASSOVITIS, member of EFCS Sport Management

 

1. ID

· Age: 47

· volunteer in company sport: Yes, founding member of the Hellenic Organization for Company Sports & Health

· sports background: basketball athlete until 2004, professional basketball coach until 2002

· intellectual background: M.Ed. – Sport Administration | University of Louisville, Bachelor of Physical Education | University of Athens

· your favourite sport: basketball

· in company sport since 2010

· how and when did you come into contact with company sport for the first time? Back in 2009, I participated in a local basketball tournament for companies. From that moment sport & recreational activities within the company environment turned out to be a very important part of my everyday life

· Hobbies: swimming, cycling, basketball

2. Any specific realizations / achievements: I am a specialized sports management professional with skills and vast experience in the sport industry for the last two decades and more specifically in managing sport events, sport centers and organizing and operating sport tours. My academic and extensive professional skills along with my management abilities have allowed me to successfully plan, organize and run events and projects in various sports throughout my career. Currently, I am responsible for the administration of SPORTCAMP sa, the leading sport company in Greece

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? I hope that we will able to work as a team and finally realize our goals.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS? Through constructive cooperation and systematic work I expect EFCS to develop into the leading organization for company sports

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed? I am highly interested in developing new company sport events as well as increasing participation in EFCS’s events.

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport? It would be nice to see new events and activities in EFCS’s sport calendar. Team sports’ tournaments, local or international running events could be included in the EFCS’s calendar.

WOLFGANG GROSSMANN, member of EFCS Sport Management

  1. ID
  • Age: 71, born in 1949 
  • Volunteer in company sport 
  • President Sparte Bowling in BSV Hamburg (company sport federation Hamburg) 
  • Director of Sport in Deutscher Betriebssportverband e.V. (DBSV – German company sport federation) 
  • Sports background: bowling, fitness 
  • Intellectual background: expert accountancy  
  • Favourite sport: bowling 
  • In company sport since 1974 
  • First contact with company sport in 1972 via colleagues 
  • Hobbies: traveling, reading, collecting rubber ducks 

 

 

 

  1. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee?  Expansion of the collaboration between the countries
  2. What do you want to achieve in EFCS?  To help promoting sport in Europe.
  3. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developedEuropean championships
  4. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know?  Iorganize bowling company sport competitions in Germany since 1999.  
Erasmus efcs online course

Erasmus+ project Sports Club for Health announce the launch of the SCforH online course

EFCS as a partner in the Erasmus+ Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programme is happy to announce the launch of the SCforH online course

 

Improving population health through sports clubs and organisations

 Physical inactivity is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases. It is responsible for approximately one million premature deaths in Europe each year. In spite of public health efforts to promote health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA), many people remain insufficiently active.

 

Sports club participation is a major contributor to the overall level of HEPA. Improving the offer and quality of programmes in sports clubs may, therefore, help increase the level of HEPA in the European population. To facilitate this, since 2009, we have carried out three large Sports Club for Health (SCforH) projects, funded by the European Commission with more than one million euros.

 

How to apply the SCforH approach?

Through consultations with various stakeholders in the areas of sport and health, an expert group has recently developed a free 30-minute SCforH online course. The course is available in 25 European languages. All stakeholders in the sports sector are encouraged to complete the course and earn a Certificate.

 

Useful information on applying the SCforH approach can also be found in the SCforH guidelines, textbook, and how-to HYPERLINK “https://www.scforh.info/how-to/sports-associations/introduction/” guide, all of which are available on the SCforH website.

 

The benefits of applying the SCforH approach are manifold

By adopting the SCforH approach, a sports club or organisation can differentiate itself from other providers of fitness and sports programmes and, in that way, gain a significant marketing advantage. Quality programmes that are not directed exclusively towards achieving top results in sports competitions will attract wider audiences, provide opportunities for people in all age groups to join the membership, increase participation rates, and reduce drop-out rates.

 

Applying the SCforH approach can also reveal new opportunities to form partnerships with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in the health sector, and make the sports club or organisation become eligible for a wider range of funding opportunities.

 

Join the SCforH movement

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the operation of many sports clubs and organisation is currently limited. However, in the post-COVID era, the sports sector will play a major role in the regeneration of the community, by promoting HEPA. The SCforH approach is an excellent tool that may help sports clubs and organisations to prepare themselves for this challenge.

 

Take the online course now to learn more about SCforH, and join us in the largest European initiative for the promotion of health-enhancing sports activity!

 

Learn more on EFCS Erasmus+ project. Check out our latest projects.

THOMAS LE LANN, member of EFCS Sport Management

1. ID

• age: 35 (06/08/1985)

• volunteer in company sport in EFCS

• national technical adviser at the Fédération Française du Sport d’Entreprise (FFSE – French federation for company sport)

• sports background: No particular background. I have difficulties to put into practice what I advise to others. I practice twice a week to keep fit

• intellectual background: Master degree specialized in sport management

• favourite sport: football

• in company sport since 2009

• first contact with company sport in 2009 during my internship at the Association Sportive de la Banque de France under the responsibility of a certain … Didier BESSEYRE

• hobbies: travelling and cocooning with my wife and the 2 kids.

 

2. Any specific realizations / achievements?

Organization of various company sport events for FFSE both nationally and internationally (world company sport games in La Baule)

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee?

I learn a lot from the other members and leaders, personally and professionally. I find it extremely rewarding to understand how the members work, given their very varied cultures and characteristics, to develop company sport in their countries. Moreover, I enjoy spending quality time with my colleagues from all over Europe when we have the chance to meet.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS?

First of all, I want to organize excellent European Company Sport Games in Bordeaux in 2023. Secondly, I would like to continue my work in Sport Management in view of helping future organisers to further develop the games.

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed?

I would like to obtain more information about the various events set up by the EFCS members. I am convinced that numerous good practices are useful and can be reused in France and in all the other member countries. I would like to see a dedicated mobile application for the European games that is reused each year by the organisers. With this in mind, I look forward to work on that app for the ECSG 2023

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport?

No

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know?

There are things you better do not know about me

BERND MEYER, member of EFCS Health Management

1. ID

• age: 72

• volunteer in company sport

• vice-president German company sport federation and president BSV Hamburg (company sport federation Hamburg)

• sports background: sailing, tennis, running, bowling

• intellectual background: business economist DVA (German Insurance Academy)

• favourite sport: sailing

• in company sport since 1970

• first contact with company sport in 1962 as a youngster in a company sport community

• hobbies: gardening, own wine production

 

 

2. Any specific realizations / achievements:

Development and implementation of a concept “Company sport as an element of health promotion in the professional setting” that forms the basis for the national cooperation between the German company sport federation and the DAK-Health (Deutsche Angestellten Krankenkasse – German Workers Health Insurance Fund). Organization of supporting congresses since 2011 (first congress in the context of the ECSG 2011 in Hamburg) until 2016.

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee?

The development of common ideas in order to further develop company sport with the focus on the health aspect.

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS?

Transmission of the concept “Company sport as an element of health promotion in the professional setting” to other EFCS members.

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed?

See points 2 to 4.

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport?

The “Hamburgiade” as an event model in view of company sport promotion (www.hamburgiade.de)

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know?

I am part of the management of BSV Hamburg since 2008 of which I became president in 2012. In this capacity

and for more than 10 years, having worked intensively on the theme “company sport as an element of health promotion in the professional setting”, I have become a recognized expert.