As the Portuguese universities have set a precedent, the Spanish universities have decided to send the results of the online meeting held on 8th of May 2020.  The informal online meeting of Spanish University Sports Services was held to discuss how university sport is changing during the global quarantine.

The call was attended by 13 participants, including the ENAS Executive Committee member Ms Teresa Begoña López and the ENAS National Representative for Spain Mr Miguel Ángel Torregrosa, who also wrote this text for the ENAS website.

The meeting focused on three points:

  1. How the situation has changed? Physical activity and sports units of the Spanish universities during the COVID-19 crisis.

A number of different actions have been discussed, including the invitation to discuss this issue at the next general meeting of the Spanish Committee for University Sports, in order to provide a comprehensive sports service to the entire university community in the immediate future.

Given the current situation, offering online sports content to the university community (e.g. through the virtual classroom of each university) should be understood as an opportunity.

Also, promoting webinars with topics related to the daily activities of the university sports services must be part of basic strategic lines. For instance, through bi-monthly webinars (2 a month).

  1. Trends for planning and opening

The participants have different opinions related to this topic. There are universities that clearly want to wait to see how the events will evolve. They want to keep an eye focused on the start of the next courses.

On the contrary, other universities have set an opening date for 1 July 2020. This is due to the local circumstances and scope of their actions.  These universities have shown the intention of implementing new procedures and protocols as well as adjusting improvements.

In particular, they pointed out:

  • It is necessary to publicise actions related to the design of protocols for the safe opening of university sports facilities.
  • In some cases, the next courses will offer a mixed range of opportunities, including classroom and digital/online tools. Yet, it is still not possible to specify aspects related to registration, rights and duties.
  • The need to explore new routes (vouchers by use, use of QR codes for access, control of capacity/access, by reservations) adaptation of services to the new situation and the additional cost involved.
  • The problems of the companies that based their existence on university sports. It´s a sensitive issue that affects many universities sports services all and the need to open up the facilities.
  • Several services of companies are based on integral management of sports centers, by addressing aspects related to platforms that offer training and online sessions with the possible compatibility of current service providers.
  • It has also been concluded that the average time of consumption of the offer of telematic activity in productions from 30’ to 40′, it is only 10 minutes. It is appreciated that the systematic consumption, from classroom to telematics, changes.
  • One option being considered is the provision of personalized service to users for the programming of training plans via telematics.
  • The range of fees paid to technical staff who provide services through different companies at different universities is clear.
  • The possibility of offering sports tips through the virtual classrooms of each university is valued as an opportunity.
  1. Cancellation of the 2020 forum at the University of Stirling: work proposals for the international and national network.

During this period October 2020-March 2021, due to the cancellation of the forum, it is agreed to propose to the ENAS EC to promote webinars with topics related to the daily activities of the sports services of the universities.

The data obtained from the surveys of the sports services of the universities belonging to ENAS, can be a source of inspiration for the design of webinars.

Examples:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of using external platforms for programming activities directed online.
  • Dual Career: sport and study. Background, current situation, improvement proposals.
  • Proper application of good practices in the management of the coronavirus in university sports facilities. Protocols and measures put in place by the organizations. Follow-up.
  • Own protocol of each organization or external certification (TÜV, Aenor, etc.).
  • Sports volunteering in times of crisis. Collaboration proposals.
  • ECTS good practices in the recognition of credits for sports practice.