The second European Universities Games were held from July 24 to August 8, 2014 in Rotterdam. The second largest city in the Netherlands met expectations after taking over the flag of university sports promoters from Cordoba, Spain, two years earlier.

The development of the Games was also seen through the participants number increasing  (2,830) who performed in a total of 280 university teams from 174 universities from 34 European countries.

Competitions were held in a total of 10 sports, including badminton, basketball, football, futsal, rowing, rugby 7, table tennis, handball, tennis and volleyball, and all sports activities were combined with cultural and social events during the Games.

Second European Universities Games were opened with a solemn ceremony at Woudestein Excelior Stadium, which was introduced by a press conference attended by guests from the European Commission, the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the European Fair Play Movement (EFPM), the European Paralympic Committee (EPC), European Non-Governmental Sports Organization (ENGSO) and several other organizations and institutions.

The host of the evening was Fatima Moreira de Melo, a former Olympic medalist in field hockey, and in addition to the head of EUSA and the organizing committee, the legendary football player of the Dutch national team and clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Arsenal and city giant Feyenoord, Giovanni van Bronckhorst who was in the role of ambassador of the Games, addressed the student-athletes. The games in Rotterdam also had their mascot – female LION Rofu, and in addition to the university anthem “Gaudeamus Igitur”, the song “Bring it on” was recorded for the Games and could be heard on all fields and arenas. The event was assisted with over 100 international volunteers.

The event itself was accompanied by various lectures and workshops on gender equality, people with special needs, youth employment, elite sports and education, sports and new media, and an exhibition on university sports.

The most visited event on the last day of the competition was the final of the basketball tournament, which was watched by more than 1,000 people.

After the speech of the President of the Organizing Committee Daniel Sikens and EUSA President Adam Rocek, the flag of the organizers passed into the hands of the representatives of EUG 2016 from Zagreb and Rijeka.

– When we look back at the Games, we are proud of everything we have done with a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm. We managed to make good Games in difficult conditions with almost 3,000 participants. We organized them in the “Dutch way”. People were together, during the day and evening, that is one of the most important things of the whole event. To enable young people to get to know each other and understand each other better, to respect each other and respect differences – said Daniel Sickens in the conclusion of the event in Rotterdam.

The European Universities Games in Rotterdam were held with the support of the City of Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Top-sport and other partners, and were financially supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

The Games have helped increase the number of student-athletes of both genders at European universities. According to certain programs, more and more students were able to combine academic and sports careers. Students had the opportunity to support colleagues from other sports and thus gain experience that is rarely gained in life.

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