From the 6th to the 9th of April 2017 Cagliari will host the fourth edition of the National Erasmus Games
The National Erasmus Games are a national sports event tha Erasmus Student Network Italy promotes and organises every year together with the sections. This year ESN Cagliari will collaborate to the organization of the event, which will bring together almost 400 mobile students coming from 23 italian cities. Also known as "Olimpiadi Erasmus" (Erasmus Olympics), the NEG are designed to allow the students to challenge each other in different competitions.What makes the even original, is the fact that these young athletes do not represt their home country, but they wear the colors of the city that hosts them during their mobility period. This year's sports challenges are: 5-a-side soccer, 3vs3 basketball, volleyball and tennis.
For this year's edition too, the National Erasmus Games will be sponsored by the Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (Italian National Olympic Committee) by Agenzia Nazionale per i Giovani and, for the first time, the event will be carried out under the Patronage and Support of the European Parliament, an amazing accomplishment for the association and a fundamental step in construction of a dialogue with the institutions. Since the beginning, Erasmus Student Network Italy has directed its attention to the organization of sports projects, accepting the invitation of the European Union, which has added among the new Erasmus+ programme's goals the promotion of grassroots sport. Having the patronage of the European Parliament represents a tangible result after all the efforts ESN Italy made, and a sign of the willingness of the highest European institution to promote sport as an important moment of social and cultural integration. “Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for” said Pierre de Coubertin, and thanks to this thought, the idea that brough us to the modern-day Olympic Games was developed.
Erasmus Student Network took the French baron's messagge and the olympic spirit and made them its own, including the participation of the Special Olympics athletes: an initiative held as part of the international project ExchangeAbility, through which the national network states and proves, once more, that sport is for everyone.
And it's not all: another international project will be implemented, SocialErasmus, through the recycling of plastic bottles, to increase awareness about the respect for the environment.
The Opening Conference of the event will take place in the Aula Magna of the Architecture Faculty on Thursdat the 6th of April from 15: 30 and it will gather the students, the Organising Committee, part of the National Board of Erasmus Student Network Italy, the University of Cagliari and the Local Authorities: there will also be celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ Programme and, in addition, it will be presented "Cagliari Città Europea dello Sport 2017" (Cagliari European City of Sport 2017).
During the morning of Friday the 7th of April, the Opening Ceremony will be held at the CUS, with the presentation and the parade of the participating teams, which will give their regards to the University of Cagliari and the Local Institutions before starting the competitions.
The matches and competitions will take place in the CUS structures, which gave its full institutional and logistical support. During the days, between one competition and the other, there will be entertainment and games for the cheering students and it will be possible to follow all the competitions and the sport and entertainment segments, cured by our reporters, from all over Italy through the live stream of Radio ESN Italia. It will also be possible to follow the event live on social networks and on the official fanpage of the event, ESN Italia – National Erasmus Games.
The event will be organised with the collaboration and the support of Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Comune di Cagliari, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, CUS di Cagliari, Cagliari Capitale Europea dello Sport 2017, CONI, Agenzia Nazionale Giovani, Istituto Nazionale per l'Analisi delle Politiche Pubbliche, INDIRE, I.S.M.O.K.A., LILA Cagliari, the European Commission and, for the first time, under the High Patronage of the European Parliament. Besides, the event falls within the CREA Summer Academy project.
The event is also supported by: Ateneika, CSEN, Directa Sport, Herbalife, LetsDoEat, Tema Service Copy e Top Spin Cagliari