Second Round of ACE Successfully completed!
On June 22, the second round of the project “Active Campus Europe” (ACE) ended. The goal was to motivate physically inactive to move more during their everyday. Already in the middle of May representatives from the participating universities met in Barcelona to develop a “Best Practice Handbook” on the basis of the results of rounds one and two.
The participating locations share the joint goal of increasing the amount of active time spent by the participants during their everyday student lives. Running courses as well as strengthening and mobilizing sports courses form the basis and primarily aim at reviving enjoyment of movement. Participants are shown that even small changes to their everyday habits can make a big difference. Using the stairs instead of the lift or simply getting off the bus a stop earlier. The fitness levels of the participants before and after the program are determined by personal fitness checkups. According to Melih Özkardes an improvement in personal fitness, stretchability and stamina was observed in all participants. Additionally, the majority of participants expressed that they would like to integrate more movement into their lives. Some of them even signed up to the upcoming Lousberglauf.
Due to its successes, the ACE spark has spread like wildfire and ignited the western Balkans. The Spanish University of Vigo is organizing a training week, to which representatives of universities of the western Balkans have been invited. In the training week, Project ACE was presented to the guests. Furthermore, Project ACE remains hugely popular at German universities. Last week, Peter Lynen, Head of the University Sports Center, together with Katrin Bührmann, Head of the Sport Service Wuppertal, presented the project in Bonn on the day of “Student Health Management: How does that work?”.