Wednesday December 13, 2017

AZS - the 100 year story

The Polish University Sports Association (AZS) is the biggest students organisation in Poland. The 9th FISU Forum will be occasion to start celebration of the 100th anniversary as the association was established in 1909 in Krakow. As precursor of university sport movement, the AZS has actively participated in international students sport events since the very beginning. The Students World Championships of 1924 considered as first university championships have been organised in Warsaw. After the Second World War when the International University Sport Federation - FISU was created, AZS was among the first federations to join it. Nowadays AZS Poland has got over 50 000 members, main board in Warsaw, 17 regional boards, over 250 university clubs.

Sport for all

Among main activities we can enumerate organisation of competitions and tournaments between universities, high-schools and colleges at local, regional and national level. These are series of 80 events played in 30 disciplines (AMP), 10 000 participants per year. Among cups and tournaments, there are events organised for disabled competitors. Number of seminars and conferences are organised each year in order to promote sport values and to form pro-sport attitude in the society. The AZS provides education and training system for coaches, leaders and volunteers.

High level competitive sport

Around 8000 athletes, registered in National Sports Federations practice in AZS clubs (20 percent of the Polish national team are members of AZS). Among them Olympic, Universiade and World Championships medallists. Every year, University Championships of Poland (MP AZS) which gather about 2500 participants create an opportunity for athletes to prepare to national leagues and championships.

Social activities

Annually, the AZS organises summer and winter camps for students. Promotion of active tourism is also one of the main aims of the association. Each AZS club proposes to students rallies and excursions that permit to socialise by discovering the beauty of the country. Number of international youth exchanges promoting culture, sport and European integration are organised every year.

FISU and EUSA events

The AZS is an active member of FISU and EUSA since their creation. Marian Dymalski is a member of EC FISU, and Adam Roczek is a member of EC EUSA. The representation of Polish AZS members in the governing bodies of these international federations results from a very active presence of AZS within FISU and EUSA events, both as participants and as organisers.

We organized many competitions: two times Winter Universiades in Zakopane (1993 and 2001), World University Championships (19 events, i.a. karate, match racing, bridge, wrestling, futsal, handball, canoe sprint, shooting), European Universities Championships (15 events, i.a. basketball, badminton, football). AZS Poland was also the host of 9th FISU Forum.

In 2012 AZS of Poland is going to organise World University Cross Country (Lodz) and Speed Skating (Zakopane) Championships. In 2013 we will host European Universities Rowing (Poznań) and Handball (Katowice) Championships.

 

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