Snow Volleyball

Snow Volleyball to feature at inaugural European Universities Winter Sports Championships Dolomites Val di Zoldo 2023


Article Wed, Oct 4 2023

This year, in December, student athletes engaged in their higher education studies at European universities will be able to attend the first EUSA Winter Sports Championships and compete in their chosen sport – with Snow Volleyball included as a demonstration discipline. 

European Universities Winter Sports Championships will be held for the first time in 2023, under the umbrella of the European University Sports Association (EUSA). In cooperation with local hosts, Val di Zoldo (BL), Italy will host higher education student athletes between December 18 and 21, 2023.
EUSA assigned the event to CUS Venezia in October 2021, following the submission of the bid dossier and the inspections conducted during the Italian National University Winter Championships of the same year. CUS Venezia is organising the event in close synergy with FederCUSI, the Italian University Sport Federation, and with the support and patronage of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and IUAV University of Venice.

The bid and project were shared with the Val di Zoldo Municipality Administration and local economic operators, in a project path that began many years ago and was sponsored by the National Department of Sport, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Veneto Region and the Province of Belluno.

Snow Volleyball will be a demonstration discipline at the event in Val di Zoldo

The championships will offer university sport competition in the disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Volleyball, the latter as a demonstration discipline featuring for the first time in an international multi-sport event. 

In addition to the December championships, a series of activities and initiatives have been planned to develop and create a direct and ongoing relationship between territory, European University Sport Association and European universities to promote the local area by increasing recognition at the international level, enhancing the places, infrastructure and hospitality of the valley and in general of the Province of Belluno, not only as a place of reference for sports activities but also as a tourist destination all year round. 
Additionally, the theme of sustainability will be of strong importance, with a focused communication able to provide precise information on a series of actions to limit the impact on the environment during the event.

In agreement with Ca' Foscari and IUAV Universities, with EUSA and FederCUSI, the search for volunteers for the European University Winter Sports Championships will aim to foster inclusion and integration by involving and giving the opportunity to collaborate to students who may be in situations of social difficulty. Having defined a collaboration with the UNESCO Dolomites Foundation, the Organising Committee is pleased to be able to disseminate specific guidelines and training moments to all participants regarding environmental protection as well as sustainable tourism. 

The Dolomites will provide a truly iconic backdrop for the inaugural European Universities Winter Sports Championships

About 600 daily attendees are expected at the event, including athletes, officials, organisational staff, and volunteers who will stay in the area for at least five days, in addition to those who will come independently to follow the event. Overall, at least 4,000 hotel stays are estimated.

EUSA is proud of the fact that all events are open for men and women. Current students and recent graduates from European universities aged between 17 and 30 are eligible to take part. National university sports bodies in 47 countries in Europe are invited to submit the initial registrations - general entry forms as soon as possible. The deadline to register is set for October 15.