On Day 4 of the Mobility in Rome program, the 4 participating sports clubs, Olympiacos SFP (Greece), Levski Sports For All (Bulgaria), SD Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) and S.S Lazio (Italy) met at the University of Rome ‘Foro Italico’, where they attended a presentation regarding the University history and courses offered.
Emanuele Isidori Visitori, Vice President and responsible for Department of Sport, Humanities and Health Sciences, Paula Teti, and Diego De Sentini (Department of International Relations) presented details on the University, which was established in 1928, when it was called “La Farnesina”. The Institute was closed during the second world war and was re-opened in 1952, whereafter the name changed various times until 2008 when it acquired its current name and status as a University. It is the only public institute in Italy devoted entirely to the study of physical education and one of the few institutes in Europe with a scientific vocation related to sport activities.
Currently the University has 2000 students, 60 professors and 110 technical and administrative staff, housing not only lecture halls and a library, but a language centre, fully equipped gym, research centre and more than 20 laboratories. The library is in the process of digitizing all documents. The language centre provides language courses for students in English, Spanish, Chinese and French, and Italian for foreign students.
Courses offered include a Bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences, four Masters courses in either Sports Science and Techniques, Preventative and Adapted Physical Activity, Health and Physical Activity and Sport Management and a PHD in Research. In addition to the courses offered, the University is proud of its various sports teams and they teach not only the training for coaches and athletes, but also sport sciences as they are all integral within sport.
Of particular interest to the Multisport Academy clubs delegates, the University works with various other institutes throughout the world, including Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece, as well as non European institutes such as Japan and the USA. They offer exchange student programs with various sports institutes and scholarships are also offered.
The University has a strong and historic relationship with CONI, the National Italian Olympic Committee. They work together on sports issues within Italy and also share certain facilities.
After a light lunch, the afternoon tour proceeded. The aforementioned speakers took the delegates on a tour of the University and sports facilities. The campus is situated on the largest sports facility in Rome, which contains the famous sports stadium Stadio Dei Marmi. The Stadium is a masterpiece of rationalist architecture, containing an Obelisk and 59 statues overlooking the stadium. The entire stadium (and statues) is made of the marble of Carrara. Its an example of the connection between the environment and sports architecture. The campus has, amongst other facilities, 5 training swimming pools, including pools dedicated to water polo and diving.
The delegates wish to thank the staff of the University for their time and effort put into the presentation and tour. Their passion and commitment to all aspects associated with sport, not only in Italy, but in Europe, is inspiring and commendable.