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University Sports Centre Receives Award

Leibniz Universität Hannover is “University of the Year 2008”

Foto: Gebäude des Zentrums für Hochschulsport Hannover’s university sport is first rate: during its AGM in Kaiserslautern on Monday 17th November 2008, the German University Sports Association (adh) awarded the title “University of the Year 2008” to Leibniz Universität Hannover. With this award, the adh – the umbrella organisation of university sports centres in Germany with a membership of more than 160 universities and institutes of higher education – praised the excellent integration of university sport into university life in Hannover as well as the exemplary standing of the institution with university management, students, the city of Hannover and the federal association. President Erich Barke received the award on behalf of Leibniz Universität.

“We are absolutely delighted with the award, which confirms the excellent work carried out by the whole ZfH team and university management,” says Enno Harms, Head of the University Sports Centre (ZfH). Harms, who has also been active in a variety of bodies at Leibniz Universität – not to mention his more than 25 years service in the Senate –, has shown great commitment in developing university sport at regional, national and international levels since 1975. The ZfH was founded as a central facility of the university in 1980 and continues to expand and become more professionalised. Particular praise was given to the modernisation and innovative development of the administration as well as to the most recent implementation of administrative software developed by the centre. The jury was also impressed by the use of external sports venues such as the Winkelmoosalm or the Fössebad swimming pool.

So that future generations of students can continue in large numbers to enjoy optimal conditions for sport as a balance to their studies, existing sports facilities are being refurbished in a sustainable way and new sports facilities are being created. Specific plans such as the construction of a new indoor sports complex with a health and fitness centre deserve particular mention here. Above and beyond this, the University Sports Centre team continually monitors the quality of its programme: instructors attend training seminars, for instance. In addition, the staff organise a large number of training courses themselves. For this commitment, the University Sports Centre received “gold” last year: it was number one in the adh training ranking.

The regular staging of national sports competitions and the wide-ranging participation of athletes in national championships are exemplary, the jury confirmed. At the same time, the university is a member of the project “partner university of top-level sport” and supports students in the official sports squads who find themselves in problem and conflict situations. For years, students from Hannover have also represented their university successfully at international events such as European university championships. But “only” being there is not enough for Hannover: as the honorary president of the European University Sports Association and head of rowing sports in the adh, Enno Harms is currently developing a concept together with the adh to attract the European Universities Rowing Championship to the city in 2011. The ZfH has already been successful in its application to stage the German University Swimming Championships in Hannover in 2009.

The contribution to sport and education, and the great commitment displayed by those working in the University Sports Centre towards students and German university sport are exemplary and deserve the highest praise, said adh president Nico Sperle at the award ceremony and congratulated Prf. Erich Barke, Enno Harms and the ZfH staff.

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Meldung vom 17.11.2008


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