Legacy

Legacy Projects

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More than simply proposing to stage a sport event, explaining the diverse steps necessary to successfully organise it, this bid will focus on taking a step further.

Having organised 5 World and European university sports events, the University of Minho has always looked to add value beyond the simple field of play. In 2006, UMinho introduced the team draw process at the EUC Basketball. In 1998 University of Minho succeeded organising during the year, one regional school-based Futsal tournament. In 1998, it also succeeded in having live TV coverage of the FISU World University Championship, being at that time the first ever live Futsal matches broadcasted in Portugal.

In 2008, UMinho developed and implemented a national course over a period of 60h to qualify 52 line judges for the FISU WUC Badminton. In 2009, it successfully introduced for the very first time in Taekwondo International university sport events, the video replay system associated to the electronic body protectors.

Embodying the FISU motto of Excellence in mind and body, we have developed a three-fold platform based on innovation, development and social responsibility. This proposal will harbour projects undertaken in very diverse fields such as Engineering, Information Technologies, Textiles, Nanotechnology, Sports Science, Management and Sports Management, Medicine, Communication Sciences and many others.

As mentioned, this bid will not only focus on the game. In the true University tradition, new and innovative legacy proposals and projects will be part of the official program of activities. These projects will be implemented and developed from sporting grassroots to education intervention, passing by to state-of-the-art technology and similarly touching the social and human fields.

Some of the projects planned are:


01. Electronic imaging system for goal-line validation

At the height of world-wide discussion regarding goal-line technology and with the highest sporting authority’s investigating viable options for goal-line assistance, this project will join various departments from the University to provide a test-solution to this situation. From fast-action cameras to embedded microchips, various solutions are already in the planning stage.

02. In-game vital signs monitoring

A study will be undertaken in partnership with the Specialized Textile and Clothing Technological Centre (CITEVE) to evaluate and accompany in-game vital signs information, allowing for monitoring of the physical intensity levels of players. The research opportunities here are huge and various departments would be involved (Medical Sciences, Psychology, Engineering and others).

03. Match live-streaming

At the height of world-wide discussion regarding goal-line technology and with the highest sporting authority’s investigating viable options for goal-line assistance, this project will join various departments from the University to provide a test-solution to this situation. From fast-action cameras to embedded microchips, various solutions are already in the planning stage.

4. On-site web based MVP selection

Taking advantage of full WiFi coverage of all proposed facilities, an online application will be developed and associated to the event for match MVP’s. Many other facilities will be made available such as match reports, match statistics, live classification tables and individual player’s statistics.

5. Fan reporters

Setup a work team to accompany each delegations day-to-day activity from practice sessions to match-day preparations, team-talks and post-game relaxation. The goal is to produce a short documentary on each of the teams present at the FISU WUC Futsal.

6. Young referees development program

Build a development program to form a pool of young futsal referees in the Braga district, in partnership with the Portuguese Football Federation, the Football Association of Braga and the Ministry of Education through School Sports.

7. Scouting program

Develop a national program to coach scouts and, as previously, create a pool of specialists in game analysis and observation. The Portuguese Football Federation would be key partner in this venture.

8. UEFA Pro coaching course

A proposal will be submitted to UEFA in order to organise within the FISU WUC Futsal scope the 1st Level IV coaching course in Portugal, in partnership with UEFA and FPF. The final module will take place during the WUC.

9. Social responsibility

Initial analysis has started looking to associate the event to a social cause. Portuguese Cancer Institute (national) and Right to Play (international) are already two social-partners linked to the event. On another level, a social responsibility plan will be put into place seeking to agree a challenge with a main social-sponsor (1€ for each goal scored or one amount for each event-Facebook fan).

10. FreeStyle contest

Promote a Portuguese Football Federation and Red Bull partnership in order to organise the national final stage of the “FreeStyle contest” tournament during the FISU WUC Futsal. This freestyle event is held over more than 138 qualification tournaments in 44 countries and judged by the criteria of technical skill, ball control and creativity to the music.

11. Futsal Centre of Training and Excellence

Support a partnership between National School Sports and the Portuguese Football Federation to create a Futsal Centre of Training and Excellence based in Braga and create a YOUTH Futsal Centre of Training.

12. Environmental responsibility and awareness legacy

The already mentioned use of alternative forms and low consumption of energy, the air quality, energy and noise reduction strategies, and many other small steps and ideas throughout this whole project, will all together constitute a significant legacy towards event management environmental responsibility and awareness.

13. No-paper accreditation process

A no-paper accreditation project will be developed with FISU – the aim will be to fully manage accreditation solely with use of IT resources. Concerning the eligibility certificates, tertiary education institutes on-site information will be used.

14. Medical rapid-response and first-aid in sports

Sports rapid-response and first-aid technical courses will be provided to University of Minho students by the country’s top specialists in these fields. The idea will be to provide future medical field professionals with key training and on-site opportunities to learn from top-professionals.

15. Pioneer volunteer program

Integrated in the Braga 2012 European Capital of Youth agenda, a pioneer volunteer program will be put into action integrating not only the local youth but similarly foreign students studying the University of Minho.


These 15 projects, together with the already vast event-based experience from this the bid-team, provide guarantee for not only a successful event, but also and surely a memorable one for FISU and for all participants in particular – not only sportsmen & women, coaches, delegates but similarly for OC members, volunteers and all associated to the event in the diverse forms.