This week more than 60 teams from universities throughout the world will converge on Amsterdam for the 13th IFIUS World Interuniversity Games. Inholland University of Applied Sciences is the host to this major event, which was held in Valencia last year. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday evening in the University of Amsterdam's Universum sports centre.
In cooperation with the organiser, IFIUS, and the City of Amsterdam, as its partner, Inholland will welcome 800 students to the capital of the Netherlands. They come from universities in, amongst other countries, Spain, Romania, Algeria, Iran and Russia.
Naturally the event offers students of Inholland a unique opportunity to acquire practical organisational experience: 200 students will help to make this week of sport a success. The project team has been drawn from the minors Sport, Wellness and Lifestyle, and Leisure and Business Events. The creative work experience company, GNR8 (pronounced "Generate") will also make a contribution. Three students from the Sport and Movement programme will coordinate the sports competition.
The participating teams will encounter each other in nine competitions. In the case of men's teams, these are basketball, volleyball, football and indoor football and for the women's teams basketball, volleyball and football. Both men's and women's teams can also participate in golf and pitch & putt, a short variant of golf. Needless to say, Dutch educational institutions are also represented.
Competition and socialising
During the opening ceremony on Monday, in addition to the members of the executive board of IFIUS, the Chairman of Inholland, Doekle Terpstra, and the Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, addressed those present. Entertainment will also be provided by the comedy theatre company, Boom Chicago. In addition to a sports contest, there will be ample opportunity to socialise; IFIUS considers it is very important that the participants meet each other. There will be an opportunity to do so every evening throughout the week in the IFIUS Pub in the centre of Amsterdam. The World Cup Party will be held on Thursday and the prize-giving and closing ceremony will be held on Friday.
For a good cause
A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of refreshments and the proceeds of an auction held during the week will be donated to Right to Play. This international organisation, which has an office in the Netherlands, aims to improve the situation of children and communities in problem areas through sport and play. This stimulates development, health and peace.
Inholland's students in the project team are assisted by students from various programmes. Five second-year classes from the Sport and Movement programme will have jobs as venue assistants, field coordinators and table officials. Fourth-year students have the responsible task of venue coordinators. In addition, all the teams will be assigned a team guide. The team guide will act as the personal guide and point of contact for the teams from the moment of their arrival at Schiphol until their departure.
For more information: www.ifius.com/amsterdam