On September 6, an International Summer School OSRESS 2018 started work in Klaipėda. The international event of recreational physical activity is held in Lithuania for the first time. This year, Klaipėda became a European City of Sports, therefore European partners of the University entrusted it with the organisation of an International Summer School OSRESS 2018.
“The event, each time held at a different university, takes place for the 9th time. We are glad it is held in Klaipėda this year, because foreign partners trusted us”, said dr. Vytė Kontautienė, one of the organisers. The goal of the Summer School 2018 is to learn to creatively apply recreational physical activity for health promotion: to introduce students to the research on recreational physical activity, to develop their abilities to plan and organise recreational physical activity, to foster international co-operation, to develop communication skills of students from different countries, to organize and participate in recreational physical activities (beach volleyball, rowing, orienteering, hiking, folk dances, team building, outdoor sports, etc.), and to acquire experience which will be useful for further work in the area of recreational physical activity.
The participants of the International Summer School OSRESS 2018 include staff and students from seven universities in five countries: Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw (Poland), University of Malaga (Spain), the St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), Lithuanian University of Education, and Vilnius and Klaipėda Universities.
The summer school, taking place in an unusually summer-like autumn, will continue till September the 11th. “Every morning, the activities start at 7 o’ clock in the morning and last till 10 o’ clock in the evening. We start the day with morning exercises, then listen to presentations, and afterwards take part in physical activities. At the end of the day, participant universities will invite to their cultural and artistic evenings. Tonight, the students of Physical Education and Sports of Klaipėda University will show their programme”, said prof. dr Asta Šarkauskienė, the head of the Summer School.
“As people nowadays are not very physically active, we have to look for intersting forms of physical activity. The universities will share their experience in the fields of their specific expertise. The Polish colleagues will give an interesting practical session on the sensomotorics of physical activity. Other colleagues will introduce us to the traditional games of Southern Podlaskie in Poland that are revived and integrated into popular physical activities. Coleagues from Bulgaria will teach us Bulgarian dances, and those from Latvia will acquaint us with team building strategies. That is only a small part of activities; the KU staff of health and sports sciences will also share their experience”, dr. Kontautienė introduced the programme of the summer school.
The activities will take place not merely in the classrooms of Klaipėda University. The participants of the Summer School OSRESS 2018 will perform various tasks of physical activity in the city of Klaipėda; e.g. the activity of orienteering sports will introduce its participants to the Old City of Klaipėda and its cultural context. On Friday, in Melnragė II, beach volleyball will take place, and on Sunday, a sightseeing tour of the Samogitia Region.
“This is a great proof that Klaipėda University is alive, boasting plenty of events and activities. The fact that an international event of such a level takes place at KU proves our competence and great potential. It provides a great opportunity not only for students, but also for the academic staff to improve and to gain knowledge and experience for future courses and projects,” said prof. dr. Šarkauskienė.