HAIDY ARON-CAMPAN, chairwoman EFCS Diversity Management

ZDENKO SIPIC, chairman of EFCS Health Management

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· Age: 66

· Volunteer in company sport: During my professional work, I worked as the director of Health Prevention Programs in a large tourist company in Poreč, Croatia. For 10 years, I volunteered for the employees of that company. In the winter, I organized sports and recreational programs of active recovery and ski school in winter centers. I have been active in EFCS for 8 years, and now I am the president of Health Management. And in HEPA, WHO, I am member of the steering committee.

· Professional in company sport: no

· Sports background: internationally licensed ski teacher, tennis teacher, spearfisherman, actively trained judo and karate in my younger years.

· Intellectual background: Graduated from the Medical High School. Graduated – Professor of Kinesiology, then Masters degree – Master of Kinesiological Sciences at the University of Zagreb at the Faculty of Kinesiology. Promoted to the Scientific Research Title “Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Tourism in Poreč. Today, candidate for the Doctorate of Kinesiological Sciences. All my life, I have been scientifically and practically perfecting and confirming in practice the importance of health prevention, targeted programs as the most important factor for maintaining health. To this end, I have organized and participated in many congresses and professional conferences in Croatia and Europe. One of the most important congresses I organized, hosted and lectured, is the Congress of Medical Health Preventive Tourism in Croatia, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. I was the director of the high school, 10 years mentor to the students of the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb, lecturer, prof. at the Medical and Physiotherapeutic School in Zagreb. I created “MASTER POOL” for the City of Poreč and volunteered for 4 years. Master Pool brought together all successful athletes from different sports, up to the age of 18. I coordinated and led the training processes in cooperation with the Diagnostic Center of the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb.

· Favourite sport: alpine skiing, tennis, diving

· In company sport: continuous professional work with companies for 40 years with different companies. Organizer and leader of the “Counseling for recreational exercise and health” in Poreč at the Hotel Diamant.

· First contact with company sport: in 1979 when I got a job at the Great Tourist Company in Poreč.

· Hobbies: active socializing with family, singing with friends. Nature walking with the dog. Singing in the church choir.

 

2. Any specific realizations / achievements:

As an associate, I actively participated in national research in the field of Physical Education and Health. I have published several books. I have written 15 professional papers in the field of sports and health prevention in Tourism. I have now launched and am conducting international scientific research to create a model “Health prevention of EU employees throughout the year.” In the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, I was appointed a member of the expert group for the development and implementation of a special tourist offer of Health Preventive Tourism.

 

3. At the beginning, what did you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee?

I expect full implementation of the Health Management work program. This means the implementation of the Medical Health Preventive Kinesiology Rehabilitation program in all EFCS member countries, for the purpose of concrete measurable improvement and preservation of the health of employees in EU companies. Active networking EFCS members for the stated purposes.

 

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS in the future?

The task of Health Management is a very complex process. We have made preparatory activities for the implementation of the health prevention project. I would like to get more support, to implement the project in all EFCS member countries. Implementation would significantly raise the quality of life of employees. In line with that goal, I would like to just add the word ‘Health’ to the name EFCS. That would then look like European Federation for Company Sport (and Health). Educate interested representatives of national member states, for better and faster implementation of the project.

 

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

The Health Prevention project is a demanding and important segment of creating these values. Education of stakeholders is a realistic prerequisite for serious development and implementationof the project. The European Conference “Company Sport and Health” is an opportunity to begin the implementation of the project “Health Prevention Kinesiological Rehabilitation”. I think it is enough if I dedicate myself to that segment of work to the maximum. Of course, such a large project can only be realized with quality teamwork. I am sure that the newly elected Health Management team, can and will do this if a consensus is reached within EFCS.

 

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

Employee health prevention is a new category of specific activities, such as Kinesiological Rehabilitation, which includes a wide range of professionals and is guaranteed to reduce sick leave, injuries at work, encourage resocialization, motivation and increase productivity in the workplace.

 

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

I am actively working on the preparation of the introduction of the Republic of Croatia in the WFCS. I firmly believe that the program concept of health prevention EFCS would be welcomed at the level of WFCS. World institutions responsible for health, strongly promote and support such projects. I hope for the opportunity to support and realize this together in EFCS.

CLAUS SCHOU, member of EFCS Sport Management

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• Age: 58

• Volunteer in company sport: since 1987

• Professional in company sport: no

• Sports background: handball, badminton

• Intellectual background: business college

• Favourite sport: handball, badminton and padel

• In company sport: since 1983

• First contact with company sport: A colleague introduced me to company sports. My company competed with four teams in badminton and one in football. My colleague was also chairman of the local corporate sports association and asked me if I did not want to be part of the association. And I have since been a part of the association in my hometown.

• Hobbies: Corporate sports locally and nationally. My house and garden where I can relax. Explore other places and countries. And then I have a great passion for Walt Disney, what is called “Donald dist”.

2. Any specific realizations / achievements: I have been a board member of Anti Doping Denmark from 2008 to 2014. I have organized major sporting events, both locally and nationally.

 

3. At the beginning, what did you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? I expected a greater insight into what the different countries had of corporate sports. How they organized and held events.

 

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS in the future? I would like to help make EFCS more widespread in our member states and that there is more EFCS visibility. To make our ECSG even bigger. To ensure that new sports are included in the program in the future. To ensure that current sports always live up to international requirements. To ensure an understanding across our member states when we talk about sports.

 

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

 

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/ideas about company sport? From the Danish side, there must be a link between the companies and the local company sports association. This varies from country to country, but there can and must be some common ways to do it. Doing so also gives EFCS a greater opportunity to gather people for our events.

7. Is there something else you want to tell about yourself we absolutely ought to know? Nothing specific. I am always an open and curious person who has a great passion for sports.

JULIO SANTANDREU, member of EFCS Marketing Management

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· age: 64

· volunteer in company sport: since 1979. I am President of the Sports Association of Gandia AFES companies and President of the Valencian Federation ATEVA. I am also an active member of the Spanish federation of company sport CODA

· professional in company sport: no, although I dedicate a large part of my life to it. In my professional life I am working in the private security sector

· sports background: I have always been an amateur athlete in basketball, soccer, tennis, padel, in that order. I have been President of C.F. Gandia Professional in the Spanish Second Football Category B

· intellectual background: First Grade Superior Academy

· favourite sport: I like all sports, I am quite passionate about sports in general, but I admit that soccer tops the bill

· in company sport: I have been linked to company sports since 1979, and since 1987, I am founding partner and President of the Gandia Business Sports Association “AFES”

· first contact with company sport: my brothers were engaged in company sports (they were better footballers than me😊) The competitions were not regulated, even a bit disastrous with little order and seriousness. That is why, with other colleagues, we decided to create a more serious Sports Association in Gandia.

· hobbies: apart from my dedication to corporate sports (it is my favourite hobby), on weekends, I like to walk in the mountains with my wife and my dog. I am also passionate about reading and cinema.

2. Any specific realizations / achievements:

 

In my professional life I have been successful with my Security company, having in 2008 more than 150 employees. I have been President for 8 years of the Association of Private Security Entrepreneurs

of the Valencian Community, and an active member of the Federation of Security Companies of Spain, with several diplomas and a silver medal.

In the sports field of Empresas de Gandia I received many recognitions, with many awards for the constant dedication to improve corporate sports in my city. We have organized two Spanish corporate sports championships in Gandia and one European soccer championship. Each year, we also organize activities during the “EUROPEAN WEEK OF SPORTS”. We have also participated a few times in the MEHOZIADA in Eilat, Israel, becoming one year Champions.

 

3. At the beginning, what did you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee?

 

I am happy and honored to be able to bring a bit of my experience to such an important federation. But at the same time, I regret the lack of adequate knowledge of the English language because this prevents me to develop my full potential. But I keep studying English to improve my relationships.

 

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS in the future?

 

I would like to be able to collaborate in improving EFCS communication with ALL ATHLETES from different countries.

 

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

 

There are countries who, due to their culture and development in corporate sports, have very advanced relations with the different governments. But there are others (such as Spain) who are still a long way from achieving it, and perhaps here EFCS should help more strongly in the different ministries of those countries.

 

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

Thanks to company sport, the health of the inhabitants of a country is well maintained. Without these well-regulated sports people would become sedentary. We must continue to support and help so that this non-professional sport sector continues to have more followers every day.

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

 

I am married with one son born in 1983. In 2021, I have celebrated my ruby wedding anniversary (40 years). And in corporate sports in Gandia, we are very pleased that our association is owner of its Local Social, where our headquarters are situated. A fact achieved by investing enormous efforts during 20 years, to ensure that our future generations have a legacy to help them survive and improve.

PERNILLE AUDE, member of EFCS Health Management

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• age: 52

• volunteer in company sport: member of the Board and the Executive Committee in my local company sport association in Slagelse and Board Member of Danish Company Sports Association

• professionnal in company sport: no

• sports background: sailing, volleyball, skiing

• intellectual background: graduate diploma in Business Administration + Mini MBA

• favourite sport: everything involving a ball

• in company sport since 2013

• first contact with company sport in 2013. I was employed as Sales Manager in the Danish Company Sports Association. When I left in 2016, I continued as a volunteer and a ressource person within our organization. In 2019, I became a board member.

• hobbies: FAMILY, sport, hunting dog training

2. Any specific realizations / achievements: My biggest achievement in my private life is my wonderful family. My husband and our children, Naya 23 years and Niklas 21 years. Professionally, I have managed to always have the most exciting jobs with great teams around me in totally different companies.

 

3. What do you expect from your engagement in the EFCS committee? I expect to be able to make a difference and increase the numbers of people performing company sport

 

4. What do you want to achieve in EFCS? That we are improving ourselves to do better when it comes to strengthen our ties between our local associations and the companies in their areas.

 

5. Are there specific aspects in EFCS you are interested in and that you want to see being developed? Happy people deliver great results and if you have something like sport events or activities to share with your collegues, you will be more happy at your job and as a benefit you might even achieve a healthier lifestyle.

 

6. Have you specific thoughts/suggestions/Ideas about company sport? How do we get company sport incorporated in the family life.

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

BRANKO VUJOVIC, member of EFCS Sport Management

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• 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

 

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· 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.