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24 August 2022 | in FISU Healthy Campus

Extensive and proficient: Annual Introduction Sports Day at Wageningen University

One of the most sustainable institutions in the world and certified by the FISU Healthy Campus Programme, the Wageningen University and Research from the Netherlands has developed an extensive and very proficient Annual Introduction sport programme that starts every August for one week.


This event will certainly be featured in the next edition of the FISU Healthy Campus Best Practices book.


“The aim of the sports day is for the students to get acquainted with the sports centre, the sport teachers, the sports programme, to meet with the student sports associations and the sports foundation Thymos. Actually, this is the best promotion for the sports centre that we can wish for,” said Henri ten Klooster, Head of the Sport department at Wageningen University.


This year, around 2500 students registered and they were divided in 250 groups of ten students with two guides specially trained by the department of Education, Research and Innovation for different situations and ‘good governance’.


Each student receives a personal programme, because there is also time reserved for the different study programmes. The Annual Introduction Sports Day (AID) is organised by a committee of students, who are supported by the Wageningen University for a complete year.


In cooperation with one of the coordinators of the sports centre and the student sports foundation Thymos, the programme is filled with clinics by the university sport teachers and sports activities guided by the student sports associations.


Besides the sports activities there is also a sports market, where all the 32 student sports associations can present themselves.


Wageningen University and Research is number 53 according to The Times Ranking, 124 by the QS World ranking and has once again been ranked the most sustainable university in the world in the 2021 GreenMetric ranking.